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After two weeks without a drop of sake (I went to visit my family in France where too much wine was sitting in our cellar to bother about my other favourite drink!), I just could not resist stopping by Nagashima Sake Shop on my way back from a whole day of cricket umpiring in Fuji City. I chose a 300ml bottle of a very fine Isojiman Brewery (Yaizu City) as I knew I would guzzle down everthing if I bought anything bigger!
Isojiman Ginjo Nama
Rice: Area A (Hyogo Prefecture) Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Ricey, Bitter Chocolate, Liquorice, Cherries
Body: fluid, light and smooth
Taste: Complex. Tingle of “nama” (unpasteurized state), followed immediately by liquorice, mandarine, bitter chocolate and cherries. Lingers on palate with more bitter chocolate and oranges.
Overall: Sophisticated and complex. Very pleasurable but nonetheless easy to drink.
Makes for a superb aperitif.
Probably best drunk on its own, but will accompany any food.