Hana no Mai in Hamamatsu City (formerly Hamakita City) is the largest Sake Brewery In Shizuoka Prefecture although still a medium-sized one by Japanese standards.
They do export quite a lot to the US.
Every year in Autumn when they start putting out new sake they come up with a couple of gentei (limited editions) to celebrate the beginning of the brewing!
On top of local water, most of their sake are made entirely with Shizuoka Prefecture ingredients, that is, their own sake rice and yeasts!
Rice: Shizuoka-grown Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 60%
Yeast: own yeast
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees (genshu)
Bottled on October 28th, 2011
Clarity: Very clear
Aroma: Strong and fruity: pineapple, pears. Alcohol.
Taste: Strong attack backed up with junmai petillant and pleasant alcohol.
Very fruity and slightly dry.
Pears, liquorice, chestnuts.
Lingers for a while warming up the palate.
Pleasant and easy to drink in spite of its high alcohol contents.
Disappears on a dry note with more chestnuts and mandarines.
Changes little with food, although gets drier with dry mandarines and pears.
Dry mandarines tend to take over after a cup or two.
Overall: In spite of the high alcohol contents it is a very pleasant and complex sake.
The same high alcohol contents make it fit to drink with food.
A slightly unusual sake for Hana No Mai Brewery which tends to concoct brews for a younger generation, especially ladies. That could explain its limited edition status!
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