Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Haginishiki Brewery-Minami Alps Tokubetsu Honjozo Nama Genshu

Haginishiki Breweries, one of the seven breweries located in Shizuoka City has produced nectars with water coming directly from the Southern Alps for quite some time as Shizuoka City stretches itself up to over 3,000 metres south of the famous mountain chain. Actually more than half of the water used by breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture is directly related to the Southern Alps.

This particular limited brew is a nama/生 meaning it wasn’t pasteurized.

It is also a genshu/原酒 meaning that no pure water was added to dilute the alcohol, although pure sake alcohol was blended in as it is a Tokubetsu Honjyozo.

Rice: Biyama Nishiki (Shiga Prefecture) and Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: + 4
Acidity: 1.3
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
Bottled in July 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Very light golden hue, practically transparent
Body: Fluid
Aroma: Dry, light and fruity. Vanilla, dark chocolate.
Taste: Strong fruity attack backed by pleasant alcohol.
Disappears fairly quickly.
Melon, dry almonds.
Varies very little with food.
Very easy to drink in spite of its high alcohol content.
Marries well with food. Tends ro become just a little sweeter with vinegared food.
Holds its own with any food.
Otherwise will turn drier with greens making an appearance with melon.

Overall: A sake obviously conceived to accompany food.
Very pleasant to drink with food in spite of its high alcohol content.
I actually appreciated it on its own.
Can be drunk at any temperature although slightly chilled will bring about the best of it.
A sake I would take to any party (with food)!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento,Adventures in Bento Making, American Bent, Beanbento, Bento No, Bento Wo Tsukurimashou, Cooking Cute, Eula, Hapabento , Happy Bento, Jacki’s Bento Blog, Kitchen Cow, Leggo My Obento, Le Petit Journal Bento & CO (French), Lunch In A Box,
Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, The Herbed Kitchen, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Cooking Cute, Timeless Gourmet, Bento Bug, Ideal Meal, Bentosaurus, Mr. Foodie (London/UK), Ohayo Bento,

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!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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