Shizuoka Sake Tasting 13/1~8: Hana No Mai Brewery

8) Yamahai Shikomi

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It’ s been some time since I tasted a new brew from Hana no Mai Brewery in Hamamatsu city, but since they have come up with their first-ever Yamahai, I could not defer any longer!

Hana no Mai Brewery: Yamahai Shikomi (Honjozo)

Rice: Shizuoka Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 65%
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast
Bottled in November 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Light and elusive. Vanilla, pineapple
Body: Velvety~fluid
Taste: Complex and dry attack. Short tail. Fruity: coffee beans, melon, vanilla, almonds.
Tend to sweeten a bit with late bitter chocolate.

Overall: Although the brewery advises to drink it “atsukan/warm”, does very well at room temperature, especially with food.
Definitely elegant for a Yamahai. Typical of Hana no Mai Brewery’s gentle brews
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7) Karakkaze “Karakuchi” Ginjo

Karakkaze/”Dry Wind” has been one of Hana no Mai Brewery’s flag brews for quite some time.
The brewery has even created a sake lovers’ association of the same name in Hamamatsu City.

Hana No Mai Brewery: Karakkaze “Karakuchi” Ginjo

Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled on January, 10th, 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Dry. Fruity: Almonds, pineapple
Body: Velvety
Taste: Dry. Lingering tingle. Alcohol. Fruity: vanilla, almonds, pineapple.
Shortish tail. Warmth lingering in the back of the mouth.
Turns drier with food with more pineapple, almonds and coffee beans making their entrance. Hints of melon/cantaloupe.

Overall: a very dry sake with good character.
Probably best enjoyed with food.
Interesting on its own, especially when lightly chilled
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6) Hana no Mai Kura Dashi Ginjo Nama

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This is the second bottle tasted by the Shizuoka Geeks on December 7th, 2007

Hana no Mai Brewery (Hamamatsu City) Kura dashi Ginjo Nama Sake
Rice: Shizuoka Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 55%

Clarity: Very clear

Colour: Transparent

Aroma: Flowers, light

Body: Velvety

Taste: very dry impression.
Turns sharpish with food. Reminiscent of custard/vanilla/almonds.
Tends to go through sweet/sour cycles with food later.

Overall: Sharpish dry sake, but tends to turn “sweet and sour” with food.
Would probably appeal more to gentlemen than to ladies

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5) Hana no Mai Shiboritate Junmai

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This is the first bottle the Shizuoka Geeks tasted on December 7th:

Hana no Mai Brewery, Shiboritate Junmai
Rice Shizuoka Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +3
Acidity: 1.8
Bottled on October 27th, 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: Transparent

Aroma: Light, ricey, bananas, berries

Body: velvety

Taste: Junmai tingle. Sharpish. Fruity: bananas, berries. Acidity develops later in mouth.

Overall: A very easy to drink sake. Drier than expected. Goes down well with food.

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4) Susono Junmai Shiboritate Genshu

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Thisa is the third bottle sampled by the Hamamatsu geeks on September 14th:
A group of sake lovers in Susono City (eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture) asked Hana no Mai Brewery in Hamamatsu City to brew a limited junmai shiboritate genshu exclusively made with rice grown in and around Susono City and water collected from Mount Fuji.

Rice: goyakumangoku milled down to 55%
Dryness: +5
Bottled on November 2nd, 2006

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Fruity, bananas, plums

Body: fluid

Taste: complex but light. Fruity. Bananas. Welcome tingle. On second drink bitter chocolate will appear.

Overall: Easy to drink. A sake fit for light food. Recommended for ladies and beginners
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3) Hana no Mai Karakkaze

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We continue the 300ml bottles with Hana no Mai Brewery (Hamakita/Hamamatsu City)this time

This Karakkaze was brewed on December 11th, 2006.
The rice was milled down to 55%. If Hana no mai does not advertize the kind of sake, one can automatically assume it is honjozo or tokubetsu honjozo. The 55% would indicate the latter.

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: ricey, light

Body: light/velvety

Taste: Banana, Vanilla, Almonds
Little tingle with liquoruce and bitter chocolate faintly appearing later

Overall: typical of Hana no Mai Brewery.
Light, easy to drink, ideal for beginners and young ladies.

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2) Hana No Mai Daiginjo

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This Daiginjo was brewed by hana No Mai Brewery, Hamamatsu City, on April 17th, 2007

Rice: Shizuoka Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 45%

Colour: transparent
Clarity: very clear

Aroma: light and fleeting. Ricey/flowers

Body: light

Taste: Slightly complex and light. Dry-sweet/flowers/bitter chocolate

Aftertaste: fleeting, petillant on palate. A little residual acidity. Disappears quickly.

Overall: a sake for ladies beginners. Would improve with food, especially sushi.
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1) Hana No Mai Nama Junmai

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This Nama Junmai was recently brewed on April 5th, 2007
The rice was milled down to 60%
Hana No Mai Brewery uses only Yamada Nishiki rice grown in Hamamatsu City

Colour: ransparent

Clarity: very clear

Aroma: Pears, light.

Body: light

Taste: Pears/vanilla/fruit. Bustles into petillant as it meets the palate

Aftertaste: Linger for a while. Stays even and soft

Comments: would be a good nama for beginners to try and study a an aperitif after a hot day.

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