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It dawned on me some time ago that If I wanted to taste and report on as many sake as possible, a simple, and easier one at that, way to do it cosisted in writing on sake I actually drunk in my favourite izakayas or restaurants, knowing the owners would not mind at all indulging me (and their reputation!).
Therefore this particular tasting was conducted at Tomii, a great Kyoto-style restaurant in Shizuoka City:
Kikuyoi Tokubetsu Junmai (Aoshima Brewery/Fujiieda City)
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 60%
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast
Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Golden tinge
Aroma: Very fruity/pineapple/flowers
Taste: Dryness mixed with junmai tingle. Complex. Keeps both dry and velvety after second sip.
Calls for another sip.
Turns drier with food and reveals more flavours: bitter chocolate/green apples
Overall: A typical “Shizuoka sake”. Easy to drink but very complex and elegant sake. Turns drier than most Shizuoka sake.
This particular sake was introduced in the celebrated manga, “Kurabito Claude” part III!