Shizuoka sake Tasting: Senju Brewery: Junmai Ginjyo (Rice grown free of agrochemical agents)

Senju Brewery in Iwata City produces what could be termed “maboroshi sake”, “hidden sake”, as it is difficult to obtain away from Iwata City. They produce superlative sake and shochu, and what’s more they have recently joined a growing number of breweries making sake with rice cultivated without any agrochemical agents!

Creating junmai ginjyo with such a rice is a proof of courage and extravagant quality!
Interestingly enough, the name “Senju” almost does not appear on the label!

You will find it on the cap!

Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in July 2011

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Discreet, dryish and fruity.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Dryish and fruity attack backed up by a little junmai petillant.
Complex and sophisticated.
Greens, dry apples, coffee beans, notes of mandarines and liquorice.
Drinks very easily.
Disappears quickly on a sweetish note.
Turns slightly drier with food with more greens appearing.

Overall: Definitely a sake conceived for tasting although it beautifully marries with food thanks to its pronounced dryness.
Feminine in approach, a sake greatly appreciated for its own sake although I particularly enjoyed it with deep-fried vegetables!
Tends to disappear quickly, making it so easy to drink!

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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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