Shizuoka Sake Tasting 4/8: Kumpai Brewery


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Kumpai Brewery, a minuscule Kura in Shizuoka City, has recently drawn attention when it won a first prize in Nagoya last year. It is steadily coming up with more, if in small quantities, very select brews such as this one, which is a « Toubin kakoi/斗瓶囲い”, which was conceived for those very special tasting sessions.

Kunpai Brewery: « kunpai Tenka no Senshu », Daiginjyou, Tobin Kakoi, Unfiltered, Unpasteurized, Genshu

Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 40%
Dryness: +2.5
Acidity: 1.4
Alcohol: 18 degrees
Bottled in April 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Fruity: melon. Hints of alcohol
Body: Velvety
Taste: Shortish tail. Smooth. Complex. Fruity: pineapple, vanilla, jelly gum.
Welcome alcohol. Turns quickly dry inside mouth after sweetish first impression.
Almonds appearing with food.

Overall: For all its concept as a session sake, it is eminently enjoyable with food.
Very complex, it would make for the perfect sake to sample in tasting parties.
Being a bit « macho » at times, heavy food would not adversely affect it.

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