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Bandai Brewery in Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula does produce quite a few « private labels »
This particular one, « Egawa Sake, Tan An », is exclusively sold at Kuraya Narusawa Beer Brewery.
Actually the Brew master of the latter establishment also helps brewing sake at Bandai Brewery in winter!
« Tan An » was another name of Egawa Hidemitsu a high-ranking Edo Era official with his seat in Nirayama, Izu peninsula. It is believed he was also the first man to bake European-style bread in Japan.
Bandai Brewery: Egawa Sake, Tan An, Junmai Daiginjo
Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in May 2008
Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Fruity: pears
Taste: Shortish tail. Starting fruity to quickly turn dry.
Complex and fruity: pears, almonds, star anise, banana. Light junmai tingle.
Dry almonds lingering after second sip.
Overall: « Shizuoka Type Sake »
Easy to drink. Very dry. High alcohol contents make it suitable to food in spite of its complex fleeting character.
Tends to turn sweetish with salty food