Shizuoka Sake Tasting 7: Fuji-Takasago Brewery/Yamahai

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For once, I tasted a sake brewed in the Eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture, more precisely from Numazu City.
By pure coincidence the sample was introduced in the Dancyu Magazine, April 2007 edition, as a typical example of “Yamahai” (cold brewing) sake.

Name: Takasago/Fuji Takasago Brewery/Yamahai Shikomi Junmai Genshu Arabashiri
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: -3

Clarity: absolutely clear
Colour: transarent
Body: light and dry

Aroma: Light flowers, fruit, discreet and elegant, almost shy. Quite light flavour for such a style of sake avoided by many brewers.

Taste: Apricot/banana/almond. Easy and smooth on the palate. Leaves a strong “petillant” after swallowing.

It could be considered a macho sake in Shizuoka Prefecture, but would probably please ladies in other parts of japan, too.


5 Responses to “Shizuoka Sake Tasting 7: Fuji-Takasago Brewery/Yamahai”

  1. simaldeff Says:

    What’s a macho sake?

  2. dragonlife Says:

    By “macho”, I mean sake preferred by men in Shizuoka. Shizuoka males are quiet and a bit weak compared to other regions!

  3. simaldeff Says:

    LOL … if I give you my address here in Italy would you ship me a “macho” sake for “blindtesting” … It’s harder than anywhere else in europ to get sake around here … I tasted some good niigata sake here thanks to a friend of mien that is from niigata city and that go there 3 to 4 time a year there.

  4. simaldeff Says:

    But you make me wonder about Shizuoka’s sake.

  5. dragonlife Says:

    Shizuoka sake are session sake. I mean that they are very well defined and show strong cahracters. Sake brewers here are always experimenting, because their water allows it. It is one of the softer in Japan. Unfortunately (fortunately!) they are produced in no great amounts and are difficult to find outside the Prefecture, although always an event where they appear. Moreover Shizuoka produce very little normal run-of-the-mill sake, hence their relatively high price.
    In our country they would be classed as high class Bourgogne and Bordeaux with the consequent prices!

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