Shizuoka Sake Tasting 17: Sanwa Brewery

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Hoosuu is actually a Garyuubai variety brewed by Sanawa Brewery (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku) under the name of a private brand.
This Garyubai is made with a very unusual/rare brand of rice called “Tankan Watarifune” which was resurected from a mere 30 g. found by chance!

Garyubai Hoosuu
Nama Junmai Ginjo
Rice: 100% Tankan Watarifune
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: +2
Acidity: 1.2
Brewed in February 2007

Clarity: Very clear

Colour: Light gold

Aroma: ricey, light, star anise, bananas

Body: light

Taste: complex, liquorice, banana, gardenia. On second sip reveals some acidity and bitter chocolate which subsequently turn agreeable.

Overall: a light but well-rounded adult sake
Goes very well with any food, particularly oily fried food and meat.


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