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As I mentioned before, bottles from Kokkou Brewery in Fukuroi City are not always easy to find.
Therefore when I saw two of them I had nost tasted yet in Kakegawa JR Station, I did not hesitate!
The name of this particular brew, Den-Ichiro, is actually the brewmaster/tooji’s trade name!
Kokkou Brewery: Den Ichiro Junmai Ginjo Muroka (unfiltered) Nama (unpasteurized) Genshu (unaltered) Tobin Koi (dripped directly into the bottle)
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to: 60%
Amino acids: 1.2
Yeast: Shizuoka Ginjo HD-1
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in July 2008
Clarity: Slightly smoky due to the remaining unfitered white lees
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Strong and fruity at first. Turns light and dry quickly. Bananas, pears.
Taste: Shortish tail in spite of strong attack with junmai tingle backup.
Fruity and dry: bananas, pears.
Turns quickly dry on palate. Turns even drier when whirled around inside mouth with a last acid note and almonds.
Overall: The fact it is practically untouched makes it a strong sake with a very personal character.
Powerful and pleasant at the same time.
Drinks very well with heavy food.