2012, or more precisely the 24th Year of the Heisei Era, will come under the Sign of the Dragon/Tatsu/龍!
I’ve always had a special fondness for dragons to the point of using them for my e-mail addresses and passwords (part of)!
Shidaizumi Brewery has a tradition of coming with a honjozo every year with a splendid label for collectors!
Shidaizumi Brewery: Honjozo-Tatsudoshi/龍歳
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in December 2011
Clarity: Very clear
Aroma: Strong, complex and fruity. Banana, dark chocolate, pears.
Taste: Drier attack than expected, very fruity and complex.
Lingers on for a short while with a dry note backed by pleasant alcohol.
Fruity and dry. Complex. Oranges, banana, dark chocolate, macadamia nuts.
Finishes on a dry note with strong hints of nuts and a faint trace of coffee beans.
Varies little with food.
Shows more facets than expected, especially oranges and coffee beans fighting for supremacy as taste lingers away.
Overall: A sake obviously conceived to accompany and enhance food, although its high (extravagant) quality makes it eminently drinkable on its own.
Can be appreciated at room temperature and nurukan/lukewarm.
Tends to surprise with many unexpected facets appearing out of nowhere.
A surely extravagant honjozo!
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