Shizuoka Sake Tasting 21/1~5: Kansawagawa-Shosetsu Brewery


Kansawa Brewery: Shosetsu Futsushu

Kanzawagawa Brewery is also an old establishment located very near the sea at Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shziuoka City along the old Tokaido Road.
They have the merit to still make absolutely extravagant “futsushu/regular sake” at ridiculous prices.

Like most of all futsushu (only 18% of the total production, probably the lowest in Japan), the bottles are adorned with old traditional designs!. As they are easy to conserve thy would make the perfect souvenir back home in the rest of world!

Kansawa Brewery: Shosetsu Futsushu

Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Rice milled down to 70%
Bottled in January 2010

Clarity: very clear
Colour: transaparent
Aroma: Strong attack upon opening the bottle. Tends to dissipate quickly.
Fruity. Bitter chocolate, banana, macadamia nuts
Body: fluid
Taste: Dry attack backed up by delicious alcohol and a basket of dry nuts and bananas.
Complex/not straightforward for a fustushu.
Pleasantly warming up back of the palate with plenty of dry almonds, finishing on a pleasant acid note.
Holds its own well with any food with an accetuated dryness.

Overall: A sake for all meals, although eminetly drinkable on its own.
Certainly not the « image » of the futsushu, but futsushu are simply extravagant in Shizuoka Prefecture, considering that the rice millage would qualify it as premium sake!

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Kanasawagawa Brewery: Shosetsu Ginjo Nama

Like most breweries, Kanasawagawa Brewery in Yui (soon to be absorbed by Shizuoka City) has been outputting its nama/unpasteurized sake at a time when the heat entices sake lovers to drink their favourite brew chilled.

Kanasawagawa Brewery: Shosetsu Ginjo Nama

Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottledin June 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Light. Fruity: Almonds, melon.
Body: Velvety~fluid
Taste: Nama tingle. Alcohol.
Elegant. Fruity: melon, coffee beans and bitter chocolate appearing later.
Light impression all way through. Very easy to drink.

Overall: A sake that would please ladies in particular.
Very soft on palate in spite of its « nama/unpasteurized » nature.
Makes for the perfect aperitif.
Is not influenced by food
Shosetsu Junmai Shiboritate Nama (gentei)

December is (was) a good month to look for limited (« gentei ») editions, what with all the new sake coming out, and Kansagawa Brewery in Yui did not fail expectations!

Shosetsu Junmai Shiboritate Nama (gentei)
Rice milled down to 60%
Bottled in December 2007

Clarity: very clear
Colour: almost transparent
Aroma: Fruity/Flowers/Green apples, pineapple
Body: velvety
Taste: Very dry. Fruity: green apples, pineapple, raisins.
Complex. Reveals melon and muscat with food.
Dryness lingering in mouth.

Overall: A sake that drinks truly well with food.
Complex mood lingering in mouth.
Shosetsu Junmai Daiginjo

When I visited Kansawagawa-Shosetsu Brewery last month, I bought both ends of their range and deicded to taste their top first. Slightly extravagant of me, I must confess!

Shosetsu Junmai Daiginjo

Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 35%
Dryness: +1~+4
Acidity: 1.3
Bottled in November 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: Golden tinge

Aroma: very discreet, ricey, green apples, pears

Body: velvety

Taste: Complex, difficult to catch as varies with food.
Dry impression
Fruity: gardenias, pears, almonds, bitter chocolate.
Later bananas and melon.
Lingers on palate, especially after food.

Overall: Elegant. Fleeting.
Session sake.
At times drier than expected.
Turns extravagant with food.
Shosetsu Junmai Ginjo

Kansawagawa Brewery, more widely known for its main brand Syosetsu, is located in Yui Cho, which will become part of Shizuoka City in 2008.

Shosetsu Junmai Ginjo
Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Dryness +1~+4
Acidity: 1.3
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees proof

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost tansparent

Aroma: discreet and fruity, pears.

Body: velvety

Taste: Complex. fruity. Junmai tingle disappears quickly. Pears lingering.
Food reveals a little welcome acidity. Bitter chocolate and almonds later

Overall: Elegant
A sake for all seasons. Goes very well with food.
New flavours revealed by food. Best drunk at room temperature

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