Shizuoka Sake Tasting 11/11: Hatsukame Brewery


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Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe Cho has a new young Masterbrewer of the Noto School after the retirement of his predecessor, of the Noto School too. Not only this new toji is good, he also happens to be comparatively young and eligible. I shan’t be surprised if he married one of the owner’s three daughters soon!

Hatsukame Brewery: “Kame Maru” Junmai Ginjo Nama (unpasteurized)
Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture) 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: +0 (sweet by Shizuoka standards)
Acidity: 1.4
Bottled in January 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Powerful and sweet. Complex and fruity: banana, vanilla, pineapple, cherries, kumquat.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Well-rounded attack. Shortish tail. Junmai and nama combine into a pleasant tingle in the back of the mouth.
Fruity: bananas, almonds.
Sweetish at first. Ends up with pleasant dry finish.
Stands well to food.

Overall: Typical sake from Hatsukame Brewery.
Sweetish for shizuoka. Very nice and complex.
The type of sake you can drink chilled, or at room temperature with food.
Very elegant in spite of its sweetness.
Calls for another sip!

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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