Shizuoka Sake Tasting 27-2: Aoshima-Kikuyoi Brewery

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It dawned on me some time ago that If I wanted to taste and report on as many sake as possible, a simple, and easier one at that, way to do it cosisted in writing on sake I actually drunk in my favourite izakayas or restaurants, knowing the owners would not mind at all indulging me (and their reputation!).
Therefore this particular tasting was conducted at Tomii, a great Kyoto-style restaurant in Shizuoka City:

Kikuyoi Tokubetsu Junmai (Aoshima Brewery/Fujiieda City)
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +6
Acidity: 1.3
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast

Clarity: Very clear

Colour: Golden tinge

Aroma: Very fruity/pineapple/flowers

Body: velvety

Taste: Dryness mixed with junmai tingle. Complex. Keeps both dry and velvety after second sip.
Calls for another sip.
Turns drier with food and reveals more flavours: bitter chocolate/green apples

Overall: A typical “Shizuoka sake”. Easy to drink but very complex and elegant sake. Turns drier than most Shizuoka sake.
This particular sake was introduced in the celebrated manga, “Kurabito Claude” part III!

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3 Responses to “Shizuoka Sake Tasting 27-2: Aoshima-Kikuyoi Brewery”

  1. etsuko Says:

    Hi Robert-Gilles, Wish you a happy new year! It was so much fun to do some Shizuoka mystery sake tasting this year, but I still can’t tell a typical Shizuoka sake. And, I have not forgotten about my notes from the last ones. Trying to see Ted can remember any from that day… Anyway, Yoiotoshio and rainenmoyoroshiku!

  2. Melinda Says:

    My dear Robert-Gilles,

    Forgive the desultory reporting. I, too, have my notes on the last mystery sake (both of them lovely, as always!) and will send them along very soon indeed. Thank you again! And thanks to Etsuko for the beautiful food and extra sake, although I could have done without the hangover.

    And I still have your gift here, not yet packed up, sorry. But I will get these guys out to you after New Year’s. Hope you are having a lovely, secular holiday! Yoiotoshio!!

  3. dragonlife Says:

    Dear Etsulo and Melinda and all our mutual friends, a big thank you for all the fun and a Happy New Year to you all!
    Incidentally, bottles are ready. just waiting for a sign from you!

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