Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, has produced this famous brand for some time.
The word « Garyubai » actually for the name of celebrated garden inside a temple in Okitsu, Shimizu Ku!
Sanwa Brewery is arguably the first brewery in Shizuoka Prefecture to put its « Hiyaoroshi/pasteurized only once » on the market in August!
At 16~17 degrees of alcohol, it can considered a « genshu/no water added », making it an unaltered sake since it is also a junmai/no pure rice alcohol added!
Incidentally, the tasting was conducted at la Sommeliere Wine & Sake Bar in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!
Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Dryness: + 1
Bottled in August 2014
Clarity: very clea
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: Dry and fruity. Pleasant alcohol. Pears, banana, hints of melon
Taste: Dry, fruity and well-rounded attack backed by puissant junmai petillant and pleasant alcohol
Drier than expected.
Custard, macadamia nuts.
Lingers for a while ending with pleasant acidity.
Becomes slightly sweeter with food with dark chocolate and coffee beans making an appearance.
Marries beautifully with any food.
Overall: Elegant for such a strong alcohol sake. Surprisingly drier than expected.
Beautiful on its own although at its best with food. I tasted it with a French Croque-Monsieur for a great marriage.
It jut proves that great sake holds its own to any great wine!
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