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Shidaizumi Brewery in Fujieda City is blessed with the water from Setogawa River, which, for all its limited size, is considered as the provider for the best river underground water in Shizuoka Prefecture.
One just has to go and admire the incredibly limpid water where I even saw kingfishers plunging into last time I interviewed the brewery!
Here is

Shidaizumi Brewery: H18BY (2006) Tokubetsu Honjozo Nama (unpastuerized) Genshu (Alcohol added, but no pure water added to lower alcohol level)

Rice: 100% Gohyakumangoku from Toyama Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 50% (absolutely extravagant!)
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast New-5
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
White lees: 45.5%
Dryness: +4.5
Acidity: 1.3 (low)
Brewed in 2006, bottled on September 15th, 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Fruity, pleasant and sweetish: Banana, vanilla
Body: Fluid
Taste: Strong attack with sharp but pleasant « nama » tingle. Warms up back of the mouth. Shortish tail. Complex.
Fruity: licorice, almonds, vanilla, coffee beans, bitter chocolate. Mikan/mandarines making a late entrance.
Varies little with food.
Almonds re-appearing later back up by « nama » tingle before ending up with a dry finish.

Overall: Powerful well-rounded sake fit and designed for food. Very « masculine », but will be appreciated by any gender!
Absolutely extravagant for a honjozo when you consider the national average of rice millage at 70%!

Must-see tasting websites:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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