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Not many breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture are venturing into manufacturing koshu/old sake, and it is a pity. But things are fortunately slowly changing. Eikun Brewery in Yui has come up for some time with quite an extraordinary brew matured for 10 full years from a batch originally conceived in 1963! It certainly does not look like a sake!
Alcohol: 26 degrees (!!!!)
Bottled in December 2006
Clarity: Very clear
Aroma: Pleasant. A bit pungent. Similar to a Chinese old chum. Almonds
Body: Full, easy on the palate.
Taste: Solid. Tastes like an old sherry. Welcome alcohol.
Acidity revealed later on the palate as the dry impresion gains emphasis.
Overall: maybe an acquired taste for some, but very pleasant. Should be drunk like an old sherry or even like a good port.
Goes down well with food.
Heated to about 40 degrees celsius, it becomes very pleasant with hot dishes, especillay “nabe”. Do not forget the high alcohol content. Drink sparingly, or it will hit you!