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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.