Shizuoka Tasting 2/3: Yoshiya Brewery

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It has been a while since I have tasted a brew by Yoshiya Brewery in Shizuoka City which a holds a special place in my heart as its toji/Master Brewer was the first gentleman to invite me to very private tasting sessions!
Since I know Melinda and Etsuko have a special liking for futsushu Icouldn’t help take one back home!

Yoshiya Brewery: Tokusen Chumasa Futsushu

Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled: April 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Sharpish and dry. Almonds. Alcohol.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail. Sharp. Dry. Leaving a comforting warmth in the back of the palate.
Almonds, Coffee beans.
Drinks well with food.

Overall: A sake fit for food.
Dry but surprisingly pleasant. Simple impression but very likeable.
Even as a futshu, shows a distinguishable Shizuoka sake character.

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4 Responses to “Shizuoka Tasting 2/3: Yoshiya Brewery”

  1. Melinda Says:

    Lucky you! And, yes, it’s true – Etsuko and I do share your enthusiasm for futsuu-shu (who says that all Tokyoites are snobs?)! If only we could share your bottle of Chumasa!

    No, seriously, I am really interested in getting more people to take another look at the lower grades of sake. There are some real gems out there!

  2. dragonlife Says:

    Dear Melinda!
    I totally agree with you!
    Incidentally I may have you all screaming envy soon because I found a saketen who has kept loads of Shizuoka Sake
    dating back to the Showa Era (at least 20 years ago!) in perfect condition all that time in refrigerators.
    I’ve already tasted some beautiful sake from Niigata he has kept safe for 30 years!
    As I intend to buy and taste them one by one, I will be
    called all kinds of names!
    Don’t worry, I’ll try to find some for you all, but they won’t (mystery sake) blind tastings!

  3. etsuko Says:

    Yes, that act will deserve all kinds of names! It’s so wild to find a shop who kept sake that long in the store. How did you find it? I really think Futsushu can be great. You know I like good sake, grades don’t matter!

  4. dragonlife Says:

    I found it, just poking my nose here and there (internet, asking around,…)
    I’m already tasting part 2. Coming soon!

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