Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Fujinishiki Brewery-Fujinishiki Junmai Homarefuji Rice

There are presently 19 out of a total of 28 (active) Shizuoka prefecture breweries producing some of their sake made with Shizuoka-grown Homarefuji sake rice.
This rice is a hybrid developed from Yamada Nishiki sake rice.
We are certainly bound to see more of it with other Shizuoka-grown rice, not only from the taste and the economical point of views, but also because sake rice “imported” from the north of Japan might become scarce!

Rice: Homarefuji
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +3
Acidity: 1.6
Alcohol: 16.5 degrees (genshu)
Bottled in March 2011

Clarity: very clear
Color: transparent
Aroma: fleeting, greens
Body: fluid
Taste: sweetish attack, turns quickly dry with almonds.
Junmai petillant.
Welcome alcohol.
Almonds combined with macadamia nuts and dry walnuts. persimmon.
Lingers on with a very dry note.
Changes little with food, but combines very well with any kind.

Overall: A straightforward sake with a “macho” character.
Strong, solid, but not overwhelming.
Probably best appreciated with food because of its high alcohol content.

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

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