Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Hatsukame Brewery-Hatsukame Nama Ginjyo

Japanese breweries all over Japan sell their brews in small bottles containing only 300ml/cc of their sake, which makes it very easy to transport, and although ml for ml it is more expensive it means you do not have to spend too much money at once and at the same time allows you to finish the bottle quickly, especially if you drink it on your own! Moreover, it helps you taste more nectasr of the same brewery. The only problem is that breweries will put out only 3 or 4 varieties in such small bottles!

The labels of Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe (recently part of Fujieda City) are popular with collectors as their designs are simple, retro and artistic!
This particular brand being “nama/生/unpasteurised means you have to drink it up quickly. Therefore this small bottle is most practical!

Hatsukame Brewery-Hatsukame Nama Ginjyou
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled on August 8th, 2011

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Strong and fruity: banana, nuts, faint oranges and notes of pineapple
Body: Fluid
Taste: Softer attack than expected.
Starts sweetish to quickly end up very dry.
Fruity: oranges, almonds. Banana appears later with very dry oranges.
Complex. Changes so quickly inside palate.
Lingers only for a little while.
Very dry coffee beans pick out later backed up by more dry almonds.
Changes very little with food.

Overall: A very complex sake with ever-changing facets.
The fact it is a “nama” does come very much in play.
Beautiful sake on its own although obviously conceived to marry well with any food.
Could be happily used with strong food with cheese coming to mind!

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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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