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garyubai-togarami

My good friend Mr. Nagashima of Nagashima Liuor Shop came up with an unusual bottle by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
It bore a very difficult Japanese name to read, « origarami », basically meaning « melting ». The bottle was not on display yet.

Sanwa Brewery: Garyuubai Origarami Junmai Ginjo (nigori) Nama Genshu (talk of a long title!)

Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: +4
Acidity: 1.4
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in January 2009

Clarity: Very clear when lees are « down »
Color: Slightly smoky white when shaken. Transparent when lees are « down ».
Aroma: Light and dry. Fruity: pineapple
Body: Velvety
Taste: Strong attack backed up by strong alcohol and a lot of acidity due to white lees.
More complex than expected.
Fruity: pineapple, apples.
Long tail. Almonds, vanilla, star anise and coffee beans appearing later.
Acidity lingers in the back of the mouth for a long time.

Overall: An acquired taste, but more pleasant than expected.
Drinks quickly, so must be better than I first thought!

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