December and January are very productive months of the year at sake breweries!
Most of the sake put out then are “shinshu/New Sake” and “Gentei shu/limited edition sake”.
It is a great time for experimenting and looking for new flavors!
This particular brew concocted by Kansawagawa Brewery in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City is a limited edition. They accordingly came up with the name “Shizuoka Aoi Premium” to differentiate it from other brews.
It is a daiginjo of extravagant proportions when you consider the rice has been milled down to as little as 35%.
The fact it is also a “Nama/unpasteurised” sake means there was little manipulation!
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 35%
Dryness: + 4~+ 6
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in December 2011
Clarity: Very clear
Aroma: Fruity: dry bananas, pears, apples.
Taste: Dry fruity attack backed up by pleasant alcohol.
Lingers only for a little while warming up the palate and disappearing on a sweetish impression and then back on a dry note.
Complex. Banana, apples. Grows even drier on second sip and even drier again with food.
Some oranges, dry nuts and faint coffee beans peeking out later.
Overall: Although a very sophisticated and deep sake, it will definitely appeal more to dry sake loving gentlemen than to ladies, but you never know…
Intriguing and aggressive sake, unusual by Shizuoka standards.
I cannot count the times the bottle called me back from the refrigerator for an extra cup…
A “provocative untamed sake”, or a “one-night only lover”?
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