Shizuoka Sake Tasting 18/9: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery

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Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery in Hamamatsu City has come up with a great end-of-the-year present: Koshu/Old sake!

Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Ten-Teki Koshu (futsushu)

Originally brewed in 1997 and bottled in September 2008 (11 years old!)
Rice: Yamada Nishiki, 40%, Gohyakumangoku, 60%
Rice milled down to 60%(even so it is declared as a futsushu!)
Dryness: -36
Acidity: 1.8
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Yeast: No 9
Production limited to 500 (500 ml)

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Rich golden hue
Aroma: Rich, strong, port wine, fruity, persimmons, almonds
Body: Velvety
Taste: Rich and sweet at first. Slightly syrupy. Very fruity: almonds, apricots, persimmons and mandarines.
Finishes with a faint acid note.
Rich balance between sweetness and acidity appearing with food.

Overall: A very original sake!
Rare sweetness for Shizuoka.
Chilled, it drinks as a great aperitif.
At room temperature, eases down a rich port.
A discovery!

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4 Responses to “Shizuoka Sake Tasting 18/9: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery”

  1. Melinda Says:

    Indeed, it does sound very original. Aged futsuu-shu is not exactly common, but then again neither is futsuu-shu milled to 60%!

    Doesn’t ten-teki mean “IV drip”??

  2. dragonlife Says:

    Dear Melinda!
    Yes, indeed, it is very uncommon!
    And since it is a limited absolutely delicious brew, you can imagine my joy!
    ten-teki also means “IV drip”, but in this case it means you should drink it a drop at a time!

  3. etsuko Says:

    Oh, I was ask if it is ten-teki as enemy! I am glad Melinda asked first.

  4. dragonlife Says:

    Not bad!

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