Shizuoka Sake Tasting 22/1-2: Negami-Kinmei Brewery

Gotemba-Wakamizu

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This is the first bottle tasted by Melinda Joe and the Tokyo Geeks in December 2007:

Gotemba-Wakamizu by Negami (Kinmei) Brewery, Gotenba City (made with water freely gushing out of a well dug up 550 metres high against Mount Fuji!)
Tokubetsu Junmai
Rice: Gotemba Koyama Rice (local rice)
Rice milled down to 55% (extravagant!)

Aroma: low, subtle; alcohol; suggestive of dryness
Flavor: melon on the attack; very dry; hints of rice midway; you really have to search out the sweetness; however, becomes sweeter and fuller with time and heat.
Finish: clean, disappears quickly

I rather enjoyed this crisp, straightforward sake.

This sake didn’t work well with fish; it tasted a little fishy. Saltier food, like the fugu roe, brings out a banana flavor but also bitterness. The worst match was the Chinese bacon. The best match was the yuzu kosho grilled lamb; the sake was able to withstand the spice.

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Fukakusen Junmai Daiginjo

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Fukakusen Junmai Daiginjo by negami Brewery in Gotenba City was the third bottle tasted by the Hamamatsu Geeks on November 2nd.

Fukakusen Junmai DaiGinjo
Rice milled down to 45%
Alcohol: 16 degrees (genshu)
Bottled in September 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Strong, fruity, ricey

Body: velvety

Taste: Junmai tingle, fruity, complex, bananas. Bitter Chocolate. Lingers on.

Overall: A great sake for great food.
Should be appreciated at a well-thought meal.
Very popular with gentlemen at tasting party.

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