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It’s been some time since I tasted a brew from Kokkou Brewery in Fukuroi City. Not easy to find, it is nonetheless imperative I taste one as this is the first brewery to use the Shizuoka yeast.

Kokkou Brewery: Junmai Ginjo, Den-Ichiro « Tezukuri/Handmade » Nama (unpasteurized)
Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Yeast: Shizuoka HD-1
Dryness: +7
Acidity: 1.2
Amino acids: 1.1
Bottled in January 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Soft, fruity: banana, vanilla, faint oranges
Body: Velvety
Taste: Dry attack, Shortish tail. Complex. Fruity: banana, coffee beans, bitter chocolate. Faint junmai tingle.
Elegant, almost feminine in spite of high dryness.
Turns even drier with second sip with an increased appearance by the coffee beans and bitter chocolate.

Overall: A typical sake from Kokkou Brewery.
Soft, discreet, almost feminine.
A sake fitter for a tasting session than for a meal.
Best drunk at room temperature.

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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