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As I said before, 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.
This brew is the annual « Kura Dashi Ichiban/First Brew of the Year » (that is starting from winter 2008/2009)
Shidaizumi Brewery: Kura Dashi Ichiban, Honjozo, Nama (unpasteurized), Genshu (no water added)
Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture), 93%, Gohyakumangoku, 7%
Rice milled down to 60%
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast New-5
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
Bottled in December 2008
Clarity: very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: fruity, banana, vanilla, alcohol
Taste: Strong attack backed by powerful alcohol.
Warms up back of the mouth and throat.
Complex, fruity. Banana, vanilla, mandarines.
Gentler on second sip, especially with food.
Overall: Typical Honjozo from Shidaizumi Brewery. At 60% millage, simply extravagant!
Splendid and so reliable with food, especially of the heavy variety.
More complex than expected, although such a fine millage should warrant for elegance in spite of high alcohol contents.
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