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September is always a busy month for Sugii Brewery in Fujieda City when they put on sale special brews matured over the year.
This particular sake has just been awarded a Trophy for « Best Ginjo » by the Tasting Panel at the International Sake Challenge 2008 held in Tokyo on July, 8th, 2008!

Suginishiki Extra Ginjo
Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100% (Hyogo Prefecture)
Fermented rice (kooji) milled down to 40%
Added rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15.9 degrees
Dryness: +9
Acidity: 1.1 (very low)
Yeasts: Shizuoka HD-1 and NEW 5
Pasteurized only once
Bottled in August 2008

Clarity: Very clear
colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Light and sharp. Pineapple, green apple
Body: Velvety~fluid
Taste: Shortish tail
Fruity and complex: pears. green apples
Elegant and discreet.
From fruity turns quickly very dry, especially with food with added complexity.
Bitter chocolate and coffee beans appearing later with more food.

Overall: As usual, another pleasant surprise! Definitely for dry sake lovers!
Mr. Sugii seems to come up with another creation every time I taste his sake!
Drinks so well with or without food.
Should please both genders. tends to disappear quickly!