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November 29, 2018

Hodgepodge for hotpot

Dinner at a private kitchen in an industrial building.

Rémy Martin XO Special, believed to be from late 1980s or early 1990s - unbelievably fragrant on the nose, floral notes such slowly floated across the table after opening.  Very, very smooth on the palate now, and doesn't burn going down - the way it would with a younger Cognac.

Hatsukame Junmai Daiginjo Kame (初亀. 純米大吟醸. 亀), BY27, from isshobin - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 35%.  Very fragrant and fruity.

Kamonishiki Junmai Daiginjo Tojo Yamadanishiki 35 (加茂錦  純米大吟醸  東条山田錦35), BY29 - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 35%.  Really fragrant nose.  More intense and concentrated on the palate, with fermented rice notes.  Very nice.

Isojiman Junmai Daiginjo Spring Breeze 42 (磯自慢  純米大吟醸 スプリング・ブリーズ 42), BY29 - seimaibuai (精米歩合) of 42%.  Fragrant, cleaner and more focused on the nose, with banana notes.  Very nice but not as rich and mature as the Kamonishiki.

Kokuryu Daiginjo Ryu (黒龍  大吟醸  龍), BY29, from isshobin - very clean nose.  Much drier on the palate.

2009 Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi, from magnum - drinking beautifully.  Really ripe and sweet on the nose, with lots of sweet vanilla, coconut, and oaky notes.

2010 Quintarelli Rosso Ca' del Merlo - still too young and not really open after breathing in bottle for 5 hours.

Full post on dinner is here.

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