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The Last Bottle 5/3?: Yoshiya Brewery

May 13, 2009


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CHUMASA-DAIGIN

As Yoshiya Brewery has officially ceased operations last March, I acquired a few of their bottles for posterity, at least for the sake of his retired Masterbrewer Harushu Nakashima!

Yoshiya Brewery: Chuumasa Junmai Ginjo
Rice milled down to 50% (extravagany)
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: + 4
Acidity: +2 (high for Shizuoka)
Bottled in January 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Faint golden tinge
Aroma: Fruity: pineapple, banana, vanilla
Body: Velvety
Taste: Well-rounded. Complex. Fruity attack: banana, vanilla, coffee beans.
Elegant. Shortish tail. Faint junmai tingle.
Turns sweeter with food.

Overall: Elegant sake. Fruity wit a great balance.
Calls for another sip.
Multi-faceted. Great on its own at room temperature.
Stands very well to food. Tends to sweeten up with food.

Must-see tasting websites:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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The Last Bottle 5/2?: Yoshiya Brewery

March 30, 2009


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chumasa-chuhei

As Yoshiya Brewery has officially ceased operations this month, I acquired a few of their bottles for posterity, at least for the sake of his retired Masterbrewer Harushu Nakashima!

Yoshiya Brewery: Chuuhei, Tokubetsu Honjozo
Rice milled down to 55% (extravagant!)
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Dryness: + 17 (very dry!)
Acidity: 1.3
Bottled in December 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Faint golden tinge
Aroma: Powerful. Fruity: vanilla, bitter chocolate.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Very dry and fruity attack. Pleasant alcohol. Shortish tail. Vanilla, almonds, bitter chocolate. Very dry finish with coffee beans.

Overall: A sake fit for food, especially heavy food.
Very elegant in spite of powerful dryness.
For dry sake lovers!

Must-see tasting websites:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

The Last Bottle 5/1?: Yoshiya Brewery

February 23, 2009


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abekaido-09

As Yoshiya Brewery has officially ceased operations this month, I acquired a few of their bottles for posterity, at least for the sake of his retired Masterbrewer Harushu Nakashima!

Yoshiya Brewery: Abekaido, Tokubetsu Honjozo

Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: +5~+8
Acidity: 1.0~1.3
Bottled in February 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Very dry. Fruity: banana, bitter chocolate
Body: Velvet~fluid
Taste: Dry and soft. Gentle on the palate. Shortish tail.
Fruity: bananas, pineapple, hints of almonds and oranges.
Turns pleasantly drier with the next sip.
Stays dry and takes a back seat to food with a late appearance by bitter chocolate and coffee beans.

Overall: Pleasant dry sake typical of Yoshiya Brewery.
Probably best enjoyed on its own, but will provide excellent balance to food with its dryness.
For dry sake lovers!

Must-see tasting websites:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Sushi restaurant: Ekimae Matsuno Sushi (revisited)

November 18, 2008


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As the grotty weather last Sunday prevented any cricket to be played, I just went to do some “work” at my classroom. When lunch came, I decided it was about time I paid a visit to an old favourite sushi restaurant of mine, namely Ekimae Matsuno Sushi in fornt of Shizuoka City JR Station.
They do make a point to serve local fish whenever practical and last Sunday was no exception!
And they serve Shizuoka Sake only!

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The “snack” served with the sake (See below article) from Yoshiya Brewery in Shizuoka was “Seguro Iwashi”/”black back sardine”, a succulent fatty fish in season.

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The “sashimi no moriawase”/sashimi plate were all fish (as well as all other fish cited in this article) brought from Yaizu Harbour in Central Shizuoka Prefecture:
From left to right:
-“Akami”/tuna lean part
-“Yari Ika”/cuttle-fish (calamari)
-“Kawahagi to Kimo”/filefish cut in thin strips and mixed with its own liver. Sweet dipped in a mixture of three different miso paste rice vinegar!
-“Bora”/mullet. So fresh there was no need for soy sauce. Just a little “yuzu”/lime juice was perfect!

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The chef recommended a couple of seasonal morsels:
the first one, above, was “Tachiuo Aburi”/scabbard fish lightly grilled on one side. Just a little salt, wasabi and lime juice. The meat melts away between your teeth!

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The second one was “Houbo”/blue fin robin. Tender and sweet!

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As for dessert I asked for “Tamagoyaki”/Japanese omelette (not shown) and “Kanpyou Maki”/dry gourd shavings maki!

Here are my tastig notes for the sake:

Yoshiya Brewery (Shizuoka City): Chuumasa Junmai Ginjo
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Contents: 300ml
Bottled: April 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Dry, light and fruity: Pineapple, ricey
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail. Junmai tingle. Complex. Fruity: Pineapple, almonds, nuts, coffee beans.
Nice acid finish with bitter chocolate, coffee beans and banan.
Turns drier with food with a strong comeback by coffee beans and almonds, although it did surprise me with a sweetish finish at times.

Overall: A “Shizuoka Type” Sake.
Very elegant, pleasant and easy to drink.
Great with sushi and sashimi.
Strong character and many facets revealed all way through.

Ekimae Matsuno Sushi
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Oyuki Cho, 9-3 (just across from Shizuoka JR Station North Exit after Matsuzakaya Dept)
Tel.: 054-2510123
Business hours: 11:00~21:00
Closed on Wednesdays
Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

Private Brand 2: Umegashima/Yoshiya Brewery

July 18, 2008


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The other day as I visited Umegashima Hotsprings at the very top of Abe River some 38 km away from Shizuoka City Centre, I spotted this bottle in a small souvenir shop.
It is actually a bottle of Abekaido Honjozo by Yoshiya Brewery in Shizuoka City with a label devised for the local shops.

Yoshiya Brewery: Umegashima Honjozo
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in June 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Dry. Light. Alcohol. Almonds, melon
Body: Velvety
Taste: Shortish tail.Dry. Strong alcohol. Almonds, coffee beans, bitter chocolate.
Dryness lingering in back of the mouth with food.
Drinks well with food. Strong comeback by almonds and bitter chocolate after food.

Overall: Sake devised for food.
“Suits itself to food”, but worth drinking on its own as it has plenty of characteristics worth exploring.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Yoshiya Brewery 2/5

June 26, 2008


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This is the third sample of this series dealing with Yoshiya Brewery in Shizuoka City:

Yoshiya Brewery: Chumasa “Utage” Ginjo

Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture) 70%
Iwate Toyonishiki 30%
Rice milled down to: 45%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: +5
Acidity: 1.1
Bottled in May 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Discreet and fruity. Cherries, Custard
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail, but warms back of the mouth. Pleasant with strong alcohol impression.
Complex and fruity: Cherries, custard.
Almonds appearing later. Becomes more complex after second sip.

Overall: Pleasant and easy to drink.
Fit well with food in spite of its ginjo complexity.
Light. Calls for the next sip.
A sake for all seasons.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 2/4: Yoshiya Brewery

June 24, 2008


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I tasted that particular brew by Yoshiya Brewery in Shizuoka City whan I ordered with my lunch at Ekimae Matsuno Sushi last Sunday!

Yoshiya Brewery: Chuumasa Junmai Ginjo
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Contents: 300ml
Bottled: April 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Dry, light and fruity: Pineapple
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail. Junmai tingle. Complex. Fruity: Pineapple, almonds, coffee beans.
Turns drier with food with a strong comeback by coffee beans and almonds.

Overall: A “Shizuoka Type” Sake.
Very pleasant and easy to drink.
Great with sushi and sashimi.
Strong character preserved all way through.

Shizuoka Tasting 2/3: Yoshiya Brewery

June 20, 2008


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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.