Archive for February, 2015

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Takashima Brewery-Hakuin Masamune Yamahai Junmai

February 22, 2015

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I felt it was about grand time I tasted this year’s Yamahai Junmai by Takashima Brewery in Numazu City as it is increasingly being recognized all over Japan!

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A great place to taste such a nectar is A Votre Sante in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Cha Machi, not nly because you can buy and taste it on site by the glass but also combine it with a superb cheese such as the Sakura, a splendid raw cow’s milk cheese created in Hokkaido!

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kazutaka Takashima/高嶋一孝, a 34-year old brew master is steadily becoming the focus of many sake pundits all over Japan as witnessed by his regular appearances in top magazine, and the name “Hakuin Masamune/白隠正宗” has become a must in sake tasting events! When it comes to Yamahai he is simply heads and shoulders above everyone thanks to passionate research and incredible dedication.

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Rice: Ginfukuyuki/吟吹雪
Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Yeast: Shizuoka NEW-5
Dryness: + 3
Acidity: 1.5
Bottled in February 2015

Clarity: very clear
Color: light golden hue
Aroma: assertive and fruity. Cherries, marshmallow, macadamia nuts
Body: fluid
Taste: well-rounded and Very fruity attack backed up with puissant junmai petillant.
Complex. Macadamia nuts, almonds, dark chocolate, dark cherries.
Lingers only for a while before departing with more nuts, custard and dry milk coffee.
Varies little with food but for a sweeter note with more milk coffee.
The dark cherries tend to make an insistent comeback with every sip.

Overall: A superb sake in spite/or because of its yamahai status.
Very complex with ever-changing facets. Will stump many a sake sommelier!
Eminently enjoyable on its own, although I have to confess it will become difficult to eat cheese without it!
The perfect present for a sake lover away from Shizuoka Prefecture!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Kumpai Brewery-Junmai Ginjo “Abe No Shizuku” Nama

February 21, 2015

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Kumpai brewery is the smallest brewery is the smallest one in Shizuoka Prefecture and it is not always easy to find their brews unless you are ready to cycle all the way to the other side of Shizuoka City!

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But they are well worth the search!
This particular one, a Junmai ginjo called “Abe No Shizuku” has been a real long seller!

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Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Fukui Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness : + 2.5
Bottled in January 2015

Clarity: very clear
Color: very faint golden hue
Aroma: assertive,fruity and dry. melon
Body: fluid
Taste: well-rounded dry and fruity attack backed up with puissant junmai petillant.
Complex. melon, dry apricots, macadamia nuts.
Disappears quickly on deep note with melon and hints of oranges and nuts with a late appearance of coffee beans.
Tends to become a lot sweeter with later sips as its temperatures rises with the environment.
Varies little with food but for a drier note and more coffee beans.

Overall: very satisfying dry sake with loads of fruit.
Tends to reveal more facets along the tasting.
Very elegant for a dry sake. Drinks easily.
Marries superbly with any food.
A sure value!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
rre.Cuisine
, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Fujinishiki Brewery-Fujinishiki Honjozo Shiboritate Genshu Nama “Daikan Shikomi”

February 3, 2015

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It’s been quite some time since I have tasted a sake by Fujinishiki Brewery in Fujinomiya City!
Although they do produce a great variety of brands, Shizuoka Ciy finds a bit itself a bit too far away when it comes to regular supplying.

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But I’m lucky enough to have some good friends among the wine and sake dealers downtown and my good friend Hiromi Hasegawa/長谷川浩美さん at her shop La Sommeliere in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City came up with an unusual brew!

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Another long name to deal with!
Fujinishiki Honjozo Shiboritate (just pressed) Genshu (No pure water blended in) Nama (unpasteurized) Daikan Shikomi (brewed during the coldest season of the year)!

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Rice milled down to 65%
Dryness: + 7.3
Acidity: 1.6
Bottled in January 2015

Color: Almost transparent
Aroma: More discreet than expected. Sweetish, apples, pears
Body: Fluid
Taste: Sweetish, fruity and strong attack backed up with strong and pleasant alcohol.
Complex. Pears, apples,hints of chocolate and milk coffee and oranges.
Deep and elegant in spite of its strong alcohol contents.
Changes little with food but for a slightly sweeter note and hints of dark chocolate.

Overall: very intriguing sake for such a humble status.
Extremely pleasant for such a high alcohol sake.
Easy to drink.
Most enjoyable with heavy izakaya fare!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
rre.Cuisine
, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City