Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Kaibinjyuuri Kaoru Junmai Daiginjo Genshu Aiyama (conducted at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

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I don’t mind repeating it all the time but I prefer conducting sake tastings in the right environment but not many places are propitious for that exercise or willing to help.
But La Sommeliere in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City is certainly becoming a habit as not only I can conduct my tasting in the best conditions possible but also exchange views at the same time!

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This time I tasted another great brew by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka, with one of their longest names:
Garyubai Kaibinjyuuri Kaoru Junmai Daiginjo Genshu Aiyama!

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Rice: Aiyama (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 40%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Dryness: + 4
Acidity: 1.2
Bottled in March 2015

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Clarity: very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: assertive, dry and fruity. Green apples, banana, apricots, compote, marshmallows
Body: Fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: Strong, dry and very fruity attack backed up with puissant junmai petillant and pleasant alcohol.
Well-rounded but extremely complex.
Macadamia nuts, mandarin oranges, custard, green apples, walnuts.
Elegant for such a strong alcohol content.
Lingers for a short while on the palate before departing on fruity and slightly drier notes with hints of dark chocolate.
Late appearance of coffee beans.

Overall: Just a word to describe such a nectar: “superb”!
A sake that combines elegance and power. Very assertive.
Sweeter than the indicated + 4 dryness due to its great fruitiness.
Eminently enjoyable on its but would brilliantly marry with shellfish and cheese!
A discovery!

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00 (~20:00 on Sundays and Holidays)
Entirely non-smoking!

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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