Shizuoka Sake Tasting 13/8: Hana no Mai Brewery

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It’ s been some time since I tasted a new brew from Hana no Mai Brewery in Hamamatsu city, but since they have come up with their first-ever Yamahai, I could not defer any longer!

Hana no Mai Brewery: Yamahai Shikomi (Honjozo)

Rice: Shizuoka Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 65%
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast
Bottled in November 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Light and elusive. Vanilla, pineapple
Body: Velvety~fluid
Taste: Complex and dry attack. Short tail. Fruity: coffee beans, melon, vanilla, almonds.
Tend to sweeten a bit with late bitter chocolate.

Overall: Although the brewery advises to drink it “atsukan/warm”, does very well at room temperature, especially with food.
Definitely elegant for a Yamahai. Typical of Hana no Mai Brewery’s gentle brews

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2 Responses to “Shizuoka Sake Tasting 13/8: Hana no Mai Brewery”

  1. Jen Says:

    Hi Robert-Gilles!

    You’ll be proud – over the past few weeks, I’ve started sipping sake as the “starter beverage” to an evening out. 🙂 Your tasting notes reveal a whole new world of sake to me though, and I look forward to trying some that are this complex. Your notes also remind me of some teas I’ve tried and that makes them even more tempting for me!

    Cheers, Jen

    • dragonlife Says:

      Dear Jen!
      I sent you an extensive mail today( two actiallY) in reply!
      I’ll just repeat that I am not the only one you are making proud!
      There is a ske blogger community out there! LOL
      Cheers and great holidays!

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