Shizuoka Sake Tasting 11/10: Hatsukame Brewery

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I’ve always entertained a special love for Hatsukame Brewery’s creations and quaint retro labels.
They have the healthy habit of regularly coming up with new experiments, proving their courage in these gloomy economic times!
Incidentally, the Brewery will have to change its address soon as Okabe Cho will become part of Fujieda City soon!

Hatsukame Brewery: Junmai Ginjo Kamemaru

Rice: Hyakumagoku 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Acidity: 1.5
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in October 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Fruity, liquorice, gum jelly
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail. Smooth attack. Fruity. Complex. Sweetish. Liquorice, coffee beans, bitter chocolate.
Turns drier later with almonds, bananas and coffee beans making an appearance.

Overall: Complex sake fit for both drinking on its own and enjoying it with food.
A lot of character. Typical of this brewery.
Dry in spite of the indicated 0 dryness.
Very enjoyable. Great sake to explore!
Lovely retro label!

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4 Responses to “Shizuoka Sake Tasting 11/10: Hatsukame Brewery”

  1. etsuko Says:

    I share your love for Hatsukame. There is something a bit more to their sake than just being good sake , but I have not figured out what yet.

  2. Jen Says:

    This sake intrigues me with your mention of liquorice, bananas and coffee beans! We have a sake portfolio at work and although I bought a few for my brother last year as a “sake tasting” for the holidays, I may have to give them a try myself now 🙂

    I was thinking about your request for tasting note insight…I usually try to figure out how my imagery will get the sensations across to readers so they can taste with the words and decide right then if the wine is for them. Sometimes it’s what moment the sensations recall, or with others it’s personified. I really never know, and that’s the part that keeps me writing.

  3. dragonlife Says:

    Dear Etsuko!
    Congratulations on your becoming a new member of Foodbuuzz!
    I think Hatsukame is great because it has so much individual character while being very easy to drink!

  4. dragonlife Says:

    Dear Jen!
    I should use your own terminlogy: “bring back memories” as it perfectly fits with my feelings/sensations when tasting sake!
    Actually the sensations are stronger than in wines, and ALL sake are different providing for an unending tasting joy!
    Anyway, for all the older geezer I am, I do feel a lot of respect and admiration for your way of describing your tastings!
    Cheers and all that!

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