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Bandai Brewery in Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula does produce quite a few « private labels »
This second one one, « Egawa Sake, Nirayama », is also exclusively sold at Kuraya Narusawa Beer Brewery.
Actually the Brew master of the latter establishment also helps brewing sake at Bandai Brewery in winter!
Nirayama is the name of a locality in Northern Izu Peninsula.
Bandai Brewery: Edagawa sake, Nirayama, Tokubetsu Junmai
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in May 2008
Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Strong, but dissipates quickly. Almonds, bitter chocolate, coffee beans
Taste: Shortish tail. Sweetish first, turns dry quickly.
Fruity: almonds, chestnuts, bitter chocolate.
Strong junmai tingle.
Starts dry, but sweetness tends to reappear with every sip.
Pleasant. More coffee beans appearing with food.
Overall: « Shizuoka Type Sake ».
Devised for food, although enjoyable on its own.
Probably best appreciate at room temperature.
Drinks well with any food, from sashimi to yakitori.