Although Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, has never used and probably never will use the Shizuoka-made yeasts, they nonetheless use many home-grown varieties of rice, especially Homare Fuji with which they come up with brews as high as junmai ginjyo!
The “Homare Fuji” banner.
This brew being a junmai (no alcohol blended in) genshu (no water added), it gives a fair indication of what to expect!
Rice: Homare Fuji
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in July 2011
Clarity: Very clear
Aroma: Fruity, very dry: pineapple, banana. Alcohol and junmai characteristics
Taste: Strong junmai attack backed with strong and pleasant alcohol.
Complex and fruity. Custard, Macadamia nuts, almonds, oranges, dry plums.
Lingers for a while with very dry lychees and plums.
Apricots appear with the second and third sips.
Junmai petillant coming back strongly with food.
Marries welll with any food.
Overall: Brewers in Shizuoka Prefecture seem to have mastered the still new brand of Homare Fuji sake rice. They easily porduce as high as a level as Junmai Ginjyou with happy results.
This very brew, in spite of its strength, is particularly suited to food.
A sake for lovers of strong sake with a character!
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