SHIZUOKA SAKE TASTING: KANAZAWAGAWA BREWERY (SHIZUOKA CITY) SHOSETSU JUNMAI GINJO PREMIUM /BESSEN

the bottle by kanzawagawa brewery
The bottle ; Shosetsu Bessen

SHOSETSU JUNMAI GINJO PREMIUM

Kanzawaga Brewery was founded in 1912 in Yui, Shimizu Ku Shizuoka City. It was originally setup in the nearby mountains by the River Kanzawagawa. They are still using the soft waters of the same River but are located nearer to the sea now.

Bottle Shosetsu bessen and drink
The bottle and the drink !

Although this sake’s rank is Junmai ginjo, it was especially brewed like a Junmai daiginjo. It was bottled non-pasteurized and heat pasteurized inside its bottle before being cooled down with a pasteurizer cooler.

shosetsu bessen back
Shosetsu Bessen back label

Rice: Yamada Nishiki

Rice milled down to 50%

Alcohol: 16%

Bottled in June 2021

Clarity: very clear

Color: Almost transparent

Aroma: Strong, dry and fruity. Pineapple, vanilla, citruses.

Taste: Very dry and fruity attack backed up with Puissant junmai petillant.

Complex. Pineapple, citruses. Disappears rapidly enough with late appearance of faint vanilla, but keeps warming up the palate for a long and pleasant while. Plums and almonds appear with the second sip. Tends to mellow a bit or getting even drier depending upon the food it accompanies or the state of the palate.

Lemons and citruses will take a lead with food.

Comments: Although very dry, it is a very elegant and complex sake to the point of changing faces all the time.

Eminently enjoyable on its own, but it will marry beautifully with almost any food.

For the dry sake lovers! Forget the sherries, aperitifs or digestifs!

Recommended pairings: Oysters, asparaguses, ratatouille, sashimi, sushi, cheese, chocolate.

TO SEE ALSO

Official website

Shizuoka Prefecture Sake Breweries List

Sake tasting terms (En/Jp/Fr)

PRACTICAL (EN/JP/FR) JAPANESE SAKE TERMS LEXICON

(FR) Shosetu Karakuchi Junmaï Homaré Fuji, Brasserie Kanzawagawa

(EN) Shizuoka Sake Tasting 21~5: Kanzawagawa Brewery-Shosetsu Futsushu

(EN) Shizuoka Breweries 15: Kanzawagawa-Shosetsu Brewery