Shizuoka Shochu Tasting 6-1~2: Sugii Brewery/Distillery-Saisuke
Saisuke (Kome/rice) is a typical example of an extravagant Rice Shochu brewed/distilled by a Shizuoka Sake Brewery!
The ingredients were:
leavened rice milled down to 65% added to unleavened rice milled down to 70%
Yeast: Shizuoka NEW-5 (sake yeast)
Alcohol content: 25.5 degrees
Distilled in December 2006
Taste: deep, almost sweet. Tasted like a semi sweet sherry
Overall: Lots of character/complex.
Should be drunk on its own at room temperature
Sugii Brewery in Fujieda City has come up with yet another creation of theirs! But once again, it is a « limited edition ». You do have to keep all your senses alert to discover these bottles.
Unlike Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu Island, Shizuoka-made shochu are not only exotic and extravagant, but rare and slightly more expensive. The labels certainly become collectors’ items!
Sugii Brewery: Kogane-Danshaku Shochu
Kogane (Satsuma potato variety) and Danshaku (normal potato variety), both grown in Shizuoka Prefecture
Yeast: Shizuoka NEW-5 (Shizuoka Sake Yeast)
Contents: 500 ml
Clarity: Very clear
Aroma: Clean, strong, nutty
Taste: Sweetish, clean attack.
Deep roasted nuts.
Shortish tail with a dry finish.
Memory of coffee beans.
Overall: Unusual, clean, elegant shochu with lots of character and facets.
Combination of Satsuma yams and potatoes out of the ordinary! The use of Shizuoka Sake Yeast gives it a very regional flavour!
Best appreciated straight with plenty of ice!