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It’ s been some time since I tasted a new brew from Hana no Mai Brewery in Hamamatsu city, but since they have come up with their first-ever Yamahai, I could not defer any longer!
Hana no Mai Brewery: Yamahai Shikomi (Honjozo)
Rice: Shizuoka Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 65%
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast
Bottled in November 2008
Clarity: Very clear
Aroma: Light and elusive. Vanilla, pineapple
Taste: Complex and dry attack. Short tail. Fruity: coffee beans, melon, vanilla, almonds.
Tend to sweeten a bit with late bitter chocolate.
Overall: Although the brewery advises to drink it « atsukan/warm », does very well at room temperature, especially with food.
Definitely elegant for a Yamahai. Typical of Hana no Mai Brewery’s gentle brews