Shizuoka Sake Tasting 24/4: Yamanaka Brewery/Aoitenka

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Yamanaka Brewery is lost somewhere south of Kakegawa City Station and it is not easy to find their bottles! This is the only fourth one!

Yamanaka Brewery: Aoitenka Tokubetsu Junmai

Rice: Gohyakumangoku 100%
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in April 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Light. Dry. Fruity: coffee beans, Melon
Body: Velvety
Taste: Shortish tail. Strong junmai tingle warming the back of the mouth.
Dry. Complex. Fruity. Almonds, melon.
Keeps dry all the way through by itself or with food.
Almonds make strong comeback with food, especially meat.

Overall: Another sake designed both for food and individual drinking.
Strong characteristics.
Dry. Complex. Very pleasant and easy to drink.
“Suits itself to food”.

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2 Responses to “Shizuoka Sake Tasting 24/4: Yamanaka Brewery/Aoitenka”

  1. simaldeff Says:

    I’d give my little sister away for a good bottle right now … if she was in Paris with me. It’s incredible I’m in the biggest city of France and I can’t find a Japanese restaurant that’s run by Japanese people with Japanese Sake at a decent price (there are tons of luxury sushi bar though … but I don’t have 150€ for a 6 Maki set).
    You are lucky R-G

  2. dragonlife Says:

    Dear Edouard!
    There actualy exists a guide of real Japanese restaurants in France. You might do well to consult it!
    Personally I wouldn’t spend that kind of money even for a Fench restaurant in Japan!

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