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Summer Junmaisyu

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( Summer Edition Masamune Junmai)
Please click here for the winter edition of Yamagata Masamune Junmai. There you can find the write up for this brewery. By the way, the name Masamune is not associated with the great sword smith.
One of the nicest times of the year to be in Japan is around July and August because it's during this time you get the biggest fireworks displays, especially around Tokyo and Yokohama. And it's during this time Japanese gather with family and friends to enjoy a fun filled evening of lights and sounds, often times with chilled nihonshu or beer.


This special summer edition sake was crafted with a premium rice grain called gohyaku-mangoku at 60% milled, acidity 1.3, alc 16%, and the nihonshu-do is plus 5. Mellow taste with hints of ripe melon and fruit. Nice summer taste here. Best if enjoyed chilled, sometimes you can even add ice to it. What this does is help release the acid. When I imbibe on this sake all of my old memories from many summers ago come flooding back to me. Prior to coming to Japan I used to complain endlessly about hot and muggy California summers were, but since living over here in Japan I can hardly wait for any season to come around. There's so much to get into over here.


In my area, around southern Yokohama families love to get together around the park in my neighborhood especially during the different seasons. Spring is always nice, but this summer is shaping up to be even nicer. I can see the tents going up already and people are getting in a festive mood. M fridge is fully stocked with all latest summer concoctions and I plan to blog about them all.
And if you have a chance to try any sake from this brewery Stateside try it. I don't think you'll be disappointed. This is a well established brewery. Masamune Junmaisyus are great!
summergirl
She's not exactly my type but she has a summer look to her. Red,white, and sultry. Nihonshu and J-girls do go together, never let anybody tell you any differently.
Summer fun!

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