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As Yoshiya Brewery has officially ceased operations last March, I acquired a few of their bottles for posterity, at least for the sake of his retired Masterbrewer Harushu Nakashima!

Yoshiya Brewery: Chuumasa Junmai Ginjo
Rice milled down to 50% (extravagany)
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: + 4
Acidity: +2 (high for Shizuoka)
Bottled in January 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Faint golden tinge
Aroma: Fruity: pineapple, banana, vanilla
Body: Velvety
Taste: Well-rounded. Complex. Fruity attack: banana, vanilla, coffee beans.
Elegant. Shortish tail. Faint junmai tingle.
Turns sweeter with food.

Overall: Elegant sake. Fruity wit a great balance.
Calls for another sip.
Multi-faceted. Great on its own at room temperature.
Stands very well to food. Tends to sweeten up with food.

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Yoshiya Brewery: Chuuhei, Tokubetsu Honjozo

As Yoshiya Brewery has officially ceased operations this month, I acquired a few of their bottles for posterity, at least for the sake of his retired Masterbrewer Harushu Nakashima!

Yoshiya Brewery: Chuuhei, Tokubetsu Honjozo
Rice milled down to 55% (extravagant!)
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Dryness: + 17 (very dry!)
Acidity: 1.3
Bottled in December 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Faint golden tinge
Aroma: Powerful. Fruity: vanilla, bitter chocolate.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Very dry and fruity attack. Pleasant alcohol. Shortish tail. Vanilla, almonds, bitter chocolate. Very dry finish with coffee beans.

Overall: A sake fit for food, especially heavy food.
Very elegant in spite of pwoerful dryness.
For dry sake lovers!
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Yoshiya Brewery: Abekaido, Tokubetsu Honjozo

As Yoshiya Brewery has officially ceased operations this month, I azquired a few of their bottles for posterity, at least for the sake of his retired Masterbrewer Harushu Nakashima!

Yoshiya Brewery: Abekaido, Tokubetsu Honjozo

Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: +5~+8
Acidity: 1.0~1.3
Bottled in February 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Very dry. Fruity: banana, bitter chocolate
Body: Velvet~fluid
Taste: Dry and soft. Gentle on the palate. Shortish tail.
Fruity: bananas, pineapple, hints of almonds and oranges.
Turns pleasantly drier with the next sip.
Stays dry and takes a back seat to food with a late appearance by bitter chocolate and coffee beans.

Overall: Pleasant dry sake typical of Yoshiya Brewery.
Probably best enjoyed on its own, but will provide excellent balance to food with its dryness.
For dry sake lovers!

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