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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Fujinishiki Brewery-Fujinishiki Junmai Homarefuji Rice

March 5, 2012

There are presently 19 out of a total of 28 (active) Shizuoka prefecture breweries producing some of their sake made with Shizuoka-grown Homarefuji sake rice.
This rice is a hybrid developed from Yamada Nishiki sake rice.
We are certainly bound to see more of it with other Shizuoka-grown rice, not only from the taste and the economical point of views, but also because sake rice “imported” from the north of Japan might become scarce!

Rice: Homarefuji
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +3
Acidity: 1.6
Alcohol: 16.5 degrees (genshu)
Bottled in March 2011

Clarity: very clear
Color: transparent
Aroma: fleeting, greens
Body: fluid
Taste: sweetish attack, turns quickly dry with almonds.
Junmai petillant.
Welcome alcohol.
Almonds combined with macadamia nuts and dry walnuts. persimmon.
Lingers on with a very dry note.
Changes little with food, but combines very well with any kind.

Overall: A straightforward sake with a “macho” character.
Strong, solid, but not overwhelming.
Probably best appreciated with food because of its high alcohol content.

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

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Fuji-Takasago Brewery-Tokubetsu Junmai Diamond Fuji

March 5, 2012

Although the Fuji-Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City is part of a larger conglomerate, all the staff is from Shizuoka Prefecture and the sake there are made exclusively according to methods prevalent in the Prefecture.

Moreover, they are active in promoting sake rice grown in Shizuoka Prefecture.
In this particular case half of the rice used for this brew is Homare Fuji, a Yamada Nishii hybrid developed in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Rice: Yamada Nishiki and Shizuoka-grownHomare Fuji
Rice milled down to 60%
Dyness: +6
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottlled in November 2010

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Transparent
Aroma: Fruity: pineapple, custard. almonds
Body: Fluid
Taste: Very dry attack backed up by Junmai petillant.
Fruity: dry almonds, custard.
Quickly disappears with a soft custard note.
Very soft and easy to drink in spite of its softness.
Turns dry with food.
Goes very well with fish and sashimi.
As nurukan/lukewarm: Turns sweeter with a short strong junmai pang with a quick comeback on the drier side.
Oranges and custard.
very pleasant as a warm sake.

Overall: Very pleasant and easy to drink sake.
Goes well with any food, raw or cooked.
A sake to please everyone!
A great sake for a great party!

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

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 7/7: Fuji-Takasago Brewery-Takasago Yamahai Shikomi Junmai Shu Hiyaoroshi Namatsume

September 20, 2010

It’s been some time since I tasted a sake from Fuji-Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City.
Since September is the time to taste the Hiyaoroshi sake/sake taht has been sterelized only once, it is such an embarrssment of choices, but I opted for this brewery as it is slightly unusual in Shizuoka refecture.

The real title for this particular sake is “Takasago Yamahai Shikomi Junmai Shu Hiyaoroshi Namatsume”!
Meaning: Takasago (main name) Yamahai Shikomi (old style brewing) Junmai Shu (Junmai=no alcohol added) Hitaoroshi Namatsume (bottled without a second sterilization.
On top of this it is a genshu/no water added!

Fuji-Takasago Brewery/Takasago Yamahai Junmai Hiyaoroshi

Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100% (Hyogo Prefecture)
Riced milled down to 55% (extravagant!)
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees (genshu)
Dryness: -3 (sweet for Shizuoka)
Bottled in September 2010

Clarity: very clear
Colour: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Strong, very fruity: bananas, vanilla, sweet ornages
Body: Fluid
Taste: Strong attack with a lot of junmai “petillant”, sweetish.
Complex: Macadamia nuts, bananas, oranges, vanilla.
Warms back of the palate for some time. Lingers for a while with very dry almonds backed up by oranges and vanilla.
Sweet by Shizuoka standards at first approach but dries up quickly.

Overall: A sake that can be greatly enjoyed chilled or at room temperature.
Great as a sweetish aperitif or in lieu of a port wine.
Strikes a great marriage with choclate or blue cheese.
Chilled, can be drunk as a dessert drink! Would do excellently poured over ice-cream!

Must-see tasting websites:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
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Shizuoka SakeTasting 7/6: Fuji-Takasago Brewery-Takasago Premium Yamahai Dai-Ginjo Genshu Nama

April 27, 2010

Fuji-Takasago Brewery certainly makes for long titles!
Located in Fujinomiya City, it is not truly a completely local brewery as it has been absorbed in a bigger conglomerate of the same name.
On the other hand, regular staff are local and the concept of sake brewing is very much according to the Shizuoka tradtion and tastes.

This particular bottle is pretty rare as only 30 (720 ml) of them were made before the rest of the batch was modified with water and more sterilization.

The sake was brewed according to the Yamahai method.
Although it is not a junmai (alcohol was added), it is a genshu, meaning than no pure water was further added to lower the alcohol content. Moreover it is a “nama”, meaning unpasteurized.

Fuji-Takasago Brewery-Takasago Premium Yamahai Dai-Ginjo Genshu Nama

Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 50%[Alcohol content: 18~19 degrees
Bottled in March 2010
Limited edition: 30 (720 ml) bottles

Clarity: very clear

Colour: Transparent

Aroma: Fruity, complex, fleeting, Pineapple, coconuts.

Body: Fluid

Taste: Sweetish attack. Turns dry and deliciously acid very quickly.
Complex. Cherries, coconuts, mirabelles, pineappple.
Fades away very quickly with notes of bitter choclate, apricot, coffee beans and dry almonds.
Surprisingly mild for such a high alcohol content.
Holds its own so well with any food.

Overall: Surprisingly elegant for a Yamahai.
No wonder so many breweries in Shizuoka are tackling this kind of sake judged “rustic” in other Prefectures. Shizuoka yeast influence?
Most probably.
Another sake for all seasons, to be appreciated at all temperatures on its own or with food, chilled, at room temperature or “nurukan” (40~45 degrees)!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 28/4: Fujimasa Brewery

March 18, 2009


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I was recently given a bottle by Fujimasa Brewery In Fujinomiya City.
As I’m not one to refuse a bottle, I gladly accepted and drank (tasted) it!

Fujimasa Brewery: Nama Sake
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in May 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: transparent
Aroma: Fruity: banana, pineapple
Body: Velvety
Taste: Solid attack. Shortish tail. Warming up back of the mouth.
Fruity: banana, pineapple, bitter chocolate, coffee beans.
More complex than expected.
Dry finish with almonds and coffee beans.
Stands well to food

Comments: Unexpectedly elegant for a nama futsushu!
Very clean and fruity.
Turns quickly drier.
A sake for 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

Shizuoka Sake Vintage (3): Takasago Brewery

July 23, 2008


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I suppose I’ll have to repeat every time, but I have the particular luck to know a liquor shop, Matsunaga Saketen (Japanese), whose owner, Mr. Matsunaga, has collected and safely stored sake from the Showa Era, that is, since 1988 and before! He even has introduced his stock on the internet, a document that any Japanese-reading sake-lover ought to consult!

Melinda, Etsuko and even Tim are going to scream again for my skin as I continue exploring the whole Shizuoka stock (repeat, LOL)

Actually this particular bottle could also be called “A Last Bottle” as it was produced in 1985, that is, when the Brewery in Fujinomiya City was still called Takasago Brewery before it became Fuji-Takasago Brewery after its merging with a shareholding company.

Takasago Brewery: Daiginjo
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 40%
Yeast: No 10
Brewing (moromi) period: 35 days
Alcohol: 17.3 degrees (high)
Dryness: +7 (very dry)
Acidity: 1.1 (very low)
Amino acids: 1.2
Fermented in 1985
Bottled in November 1986

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Dry, Fruity: melon. Alcohol
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail. Dry. Complex. Strong alcohol. Almonds.
Lingers on sweetish on second sip.
Turns dry with coffee beans on third sip.
Drinks well with food. Tends to turn sweet with salty food.

Overall: A true vintage sake. Could have been stored safely for many more years!
Aggressive at first. Turns mellow with food. Extremely well-preserved.
A complex experience. Clearly made with a different mindset.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 29/3: Fujimasa Brewery

June 5, 2008


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I’m starting enjoying Fujimasa Brewery from Fujinomiya City! Pity it is a bit difficult to get hold of their brews in Shizuoka City!

Fujimasa Brewery: Junmai Shu

Rice: Nishihomare
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +4
Acidity: 1.4
Alcohol: 15.5 degrees
Bottled: May 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Dry, pleasant, complex. Bitter chocolate, almonds, hint of bananas
Body: Velvety~fluid
Taste: Short tail. Dry. Only slight junmai tingle.
Complex. Bitter Chocolate, almonds, coffee beans.
Very pleasant, elegant.
Varies little with food.

Overall: “Shizuoka-type sake”. Pleasant, elegant sake fit for any food.
Thoroughly enjoyable by itself, too. Leaves strong but very short Impression. Calls for the next sip.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 29/2: Fujimasa Brewery

June 2, 2008


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This is my second bottle from Fujimasa Brewery in Fujinomiya City. The first one was futushu/normal sake. This one is one rank higher.

Fujimasa Brewery: Fuji no Uta Honjozo

Rice: Nishi Homare
Rice milled down to 65% (although they say 60% on their Homepage)
Dryness: +3
Acidity: 1.3
Alcohol: 15.5 degrees
Bottled: April 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Amost transparent
Aroma: Dry, fruity: Vanilla. Alcohol
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail. Complex. Alcohol wrming up back of the palate. Almonds, bitter chocolate.
Coffee beans appearing with food.
Turns sweetish with food.
Strikes a good balance with alcohol.

Overall: A sake designed for food.
Very pleasant and easy to drink. Ought to be tried lukewarm, too.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 29/1: Fujimasa Brewery

May 25, 2008


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Banzai! Finally got hold of a few (3) evasive bottles from Fujimasa Brewery in Fujinomiya City!
The first one, being a futsushu will certainly interest Melinda and Etsuko!
By that I almost closed full circle. Only one Brewery left to investigate after this one!

Fujimasa Brewery: Genkotsu (“The Clenched Fist”), “Hone aru Otoko no Sake (“The Man with Bones Sake”)
Rice: Oogonbore
Rice milled down to 70% (extravagant!)
Dryness: +8
Acidity: 1.2
Alcohol: 15.5 degrees
Bottled: April 2008

Clarity: very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Fruity, bitter chocolate, almonds, bananas
Body: Velvety
Taste: Shortish tail. Fruity and dry balance. Solid sake.
Almonds, almost tastes like an Almaretto.
Tends to take a back seat with food, becoming more fluid, backed with almonds.

Overall: For all the macho (Tim, listen!) image, proves a gentle brew easy to drink. Would definitely be popular with ladies during a meal.
Tends to strengthen with salty foods.
As futsushu, holds itself very well and deserves a special mention like all Shizuoka Futsushu, which are simply extravagant! Extremely good value for your money!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 7-5: Fuji-Takasago Brewery

December 18, 2007

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Who said (in Tokyo?) that honjozo were for the locals?
If that is so, I am extremely proud and pleased to be considered one!
In the case of Shizuoka Prefecture, honjozo are probably the most unpredictable and beautiful sake (in my humble peasant opinion…LOL)

Fuji-Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya has come up with another beauty (sorry, I’m repeating myself!):

Shiboritate Otafuku Honjozo

Rice milled down to 60%
Bottled in December 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: light golden tinge

Aroma: very fruity: strawberries/pears/melon

Body: velvety

Taste: very fruity at first: lots of strawberries.
Varies shrply and turns complex with food.
Almonds/bitter chocolate wit a hint of acidity.
“Nurukan”, heated to 40~50 degrees: gets drier/still plenty of strawberries. Turns more “aggressive”

Overall: A sake for all seasons. Can be drunk chilled with a reminiscence of ice-cream.
Lots of fruit. The strawberries taste is quite a discovery!
The brewers actually suggest to drink it from on the rocks to nuruma!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 7-4: Fuji-Takasago Brewery

December 10, 2007

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This is the third bottle tasted by the Shizuoka Geeks on December 7th, 2007

Takasago Daiginjo “Soleil”
I was told that the owner of Fuji-Takasago Brewery had a soft spot for French wines, hence the name “Soleil/Sun”! He went as far as mentioning: “Mis en bouteille par Fuji-Takasago Syozo et Cie Fujinomiya Shizuoka, Produit de Japon” (only one small mistake, LOL).
It was even corked!
A very extravagant sake, I wonder if the Shizuoka Geeks realized they were drinking nectar!

Only one metion:
Rice milled down to 35%

Clarity: Very clear

Colour: Golden hue

Aroma: Light, flowery

Body: velvety

Taste: Elegant/Fruits/Strawberries.
Lingers long in mouth with more strawberries and flowers/coffee beans.
Bitter chocolate appears with food.

Overall: Elegant. Very easy to drink. A session sake, although perfect with food!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 7-3: Fuji-Takasago Brewery

September 16, 2007

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This is the second bottle sampled by the Hamamatsu Geeks on September 14th:
Takasago Junmai Nama Genshu (Fuji-Takasago Brewery, Fujinomiya City).

Rice: 100% Homare Fuji grwon in Shizuoka Prefecture
Rice milled down to 60%
Bottld in March 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: beautiful gold

Aroma: Ricey, light/fruity/Flowers

Body: smooth

Taste: Complex. Welcome tingle due to its “nama” and “genshu” nature, which spreads very quickly through the palate. Bananas, gardenias.

Overall: Solid and satisfying. Very popular with ladies in spite of its strong nama-genshu character. A sake to go with any food.