Shizuoka Sake Tasting 26-2: Eikun Brewery-Kohaku


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Not many breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture are venturing into manufacturing koshu/old sake, and it is a pity. But things are fortunately slowly changing. Eikun Brewery in Yui has come up for some time with quite an extraordinary brew matured for 10 full years from a batch originally conceived in 1963! It certainly does not look like a sake!

Kohaku/”Ten Maturity”
Alcohol: 26 degrees (!!!!)
Bottled in December 2006

Clarity: Very clear

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Colour: Rich dark amber (name of the sake!)

Aroma: Pleasant. A bit pungent. Similar to a Chinese old chum. Almonds

Body: Full, easy on the palate.

Taste: Solid. Tastes like an old sherry. Welcome alcohol.
Persimmon, caramel.
Acidity revealed later on the palate as the dry impresion gains emphasis.

Overall: maybe an acquired taste for some, but very pleasant. Should be drunk like an old sherry or even like a good port.
Goes down well with food.
Heated to about 40 degrees celsius, it becomes very pleasant with hot dishes, especillay “nabe”. Do not forget the high alcohol content. Drink sparingly, or it will hit you!

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6 Responses to “Shizuoka Sake Tasting 26-2: Eikun Brewery-Kohaku”

  1. etsuko Says:

    Look at the color. So, is it brewed 1996 or 1963? The color looks like it’s been aged for a long time. This is sold at regular stores or only at kura?

  2. dragonlife Says:

    The explanation on the label and by the liquor shop owner are a bit vague.
    The original sake is genshu made in 1963 and probably kept at low temperature until 1996 when it was put into barrels for aging.
    It is sold in some liquor shops and served in at least one sushi restaurant in Shizuoka City.
    It is worth experiencing, although the high alcohol content should limit its comsumption. It is not a shochu and does not taste like it.
    Personally I like it quite a lot!

  3. Art Kanai Says:

    Hey there Dragonlife. My name is Arthur and I think you have a pretty interesting blog. I am actually in Shizuoka now, and Id like to visit one of these sake breweries and put some sake content up for my blog. Please let me know through e-mail some cool places to go, I am staying suruga-ku magarikane and will be hanging out near shizuoka eki tomorrow, hopefully you can get this comment and e-mail me by tomorrow?? haha, If not thats fine, but i enjoy your blog very much. Ill be here for one day…maybe we can meet and enjoy some sake! looking forward to hearing from you! Arthur Kanai

    fretmanskeeto@hotmail.com
    http://www.goodmorningjapan.tv

  4. Art Kanai Says:

    Maybe You can let me know your kay tai # as well?

  5. dragonlife Says:

    Dear Arthur!
    Greetings!
    I have sent my mobile phone ( 09041977698) at you e-mail address.
    I’m free this afternoon.
    Please do call me!
    Cheers,
    Robert-Gilles

  6. Art Says:

    Robert-

    Thanks again for today! I can`t thank you enough. It looks like I can delay my trip to Hiroshima for about a day and I can catch a later train to Hiroshima tomorrow. Let me know If you`re free! Hear from you soon.

    Art

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