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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Masu Ichi Brewery- The Last Bottle? Masu Ichi Junmai Dai Ginjyo

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Masu Ichi Brewery has not been making sake for the past year and will not ever as his owner/masterbrewer Denjirou Masui/増井伝次郎 just passed away at the age of 49 leaving no successor willing to take over the brewery founded in 1882.

Denjirou Masui

Denjirou was his brewer’s name given by his mentor Denbei kawamura, the godfather of Shizuoka Sake and the creator of the Shizuoka sake yeast. He was one of the only three brewers of the Shida School.
His sake is fast disappearing and this particular one of a series of “last bottles” I’m scouring the Prefecture to get my hands on for posterity!
This is therefore the fourth and maybe last bottle!

This is a Junmai Dai ginjyo, meaning the top premium variety with no alcohol blending!

Rice milled down to 35%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in March 2012

Clarity: very clear
Color: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Assertive and fruity. Banana.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Complex, fruity and back of the palate warming attack.
Dry and deep. Banana, dark chocolate, oranges, coffee beans.
Disappears fairly quickly on a drier note with more coffee beans.
Very elegant and pleasant.
Turns even drier on second sip with a slightly stronger junmai petillant.
Tends to show different facets with every sip adding to complexity.
Although originally not really conceived to accompany food, changes little with just more oranges and coffee beans.

Overall: A very elegant sake best enjoyed on its own for a special occasion.
Extravagant millage down to 35%!
Although I enjoyed it much at room temperature it should become ethereal if a little chilled.
A sake for very special occasions!
I certainly felt guilty drinking it up on my own!
The last bottle?
Definitely and I was blessed to discover it!
Out of respect for such a great brewmaster I will not be sad when I finish it. I will be so thankful!

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