Shidaizumi Brewery in Fujieda City holds this great tradtion to @roduce a honjozo with a beautiful label every year for the coming Japanese New Year!
Next year will be the year of the Serpent (Snake), that is Midshi/巳歳 in Japanese as you can see on the label!


Rice milled down to 60 %
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in December 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Fruity, slightly sirupy
Taste: Dry and very fruity attack.
Alcohol pleasantly warming up back of the palate.
Lots of nuts including almonds and macadamia nuts. Banan.
Lingers only for a little while with a very pleasant aftermath.
Drinks easily and insistently calls for the “next cup”.
Take a drier turn with food with strong hints of coffee beans.
Makes a quick comeback to fruity, almost sweetish attack back with plenty of nuts and stronger banana once away from food.

Overall: A sake designed to be enjoyed at length. Although obviously conceived to accompany food, I enjoyed it best slightly chilled on its own. Would make for a great nightcap! Or even an afternoon drink in summer in spite of its being designed for the cold weather at the turn of the year.
Personally I would be very willing to drink it with very strong cheese!
On the Japanese Gastronomic theater it perfectly marries with o-shinko/pickles and heavy izakaya cuisine!


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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-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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