Shizuoka sake Tasting 25/5: Aoshima-Kikuyoi Brewery

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All but for its limited size, Aoshima Brewery has achieved a deserved fame all over Japan as recently demonstrated in the widely read DANCYU magazine. Densaburo (Masterbrewer name) Aoshima has the particularity to speak fluent English as he holds a business management degree from an American University. Interestingly enough, he does not export his sake yet.

Aoshima Brewery: Kikuyoi Ginjo
Rice: Yamada Nishiki Ginga
Rice milled down to 50%
Dryness: +6~+9
Acidity: 1.1~1.4
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast
Oigawa Southern Alps Spring Water
Rcommended to be drunk at 12 degrees
Bottled in January 2009
No 1101 (Mr. Aoshima numbers all his bottles for tracing back)

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Fruity and dry: flowers, pears, vanilla
Body: Velvety
Taste: Light but dry attack. Disappears quickly.
Well-rounded. Complex.
Fruity and flowery. Pineapple, almonds, faint vanilla and pears.
Elegant with a dry deep quick finish backed by almonds and nuts.
Combines well with food. tends to turn drier with food.

Overall: A deep elegant sake!
No wonder it i making so many converts all over Japan!
Stands so well to food without losing any of its character.
Fleeting multi-faceted, typical Shizuoka sake.

Must-see tasting websites:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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3 Responses to “Shizuoka sake Tasting 25/5: Aoshima-Kikuyoi Brewery”

  1. Melinda Says:

    Is it selfish of me to be happy that Kikuyoi isn’t exported? Can’t wait to open the junmai at my tasting with Elizabeth Andoh next weekend! Thank you so much, Robert-Gilles!

  2. Melinda Says:

    Welcome back, Robert-Gilles! I’m glad that you had a good time in Yakushima (bruises aside). Okage-sama de, the tasting went really well. Thank you so much for the bottle of Kikuyoi and the delicious Abe no Shizuku from Kumpai! Both big hits!

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