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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 24/5: Yamanaka Brewery-Aoitenka Toubinkoi Muroka Junmai Ginjo

October 4, 2010

Yamanaka Brewery i not easy to access as it is far away from Kakegawa Station near the sea and one can reach only by bus, car and bicycle (not from Shizuoka City for the latter!)!
It is a fairly small establishement, although very well know, the more for it that its neighbour is the famous soy sauce brewery, Sakae!

This particular bottle was extravagant for many reasons.
The decoration was very original in the sense that the label on the bottle is actually made of cloth!
Coming into a great box with plenty of explanations, both the bottle and box are worth a collector’s attention.

The contents were also absolutely extravagant:
The real title is Yamanaka Shuzo/Yamanak Brewery, Aointenka (sake name), Tobinkoi (sake extracted drop by drop by being left hanging into sacke inside the tank and into a large glass jar), Muroka (unfiltered), Junami Ginjo (high premium with no alcohol added), Genshu (no pure water added), the whole meaning a completely untouched sake brew!

Now for the details:
Rice: Yamada Nishiki from Hyogo Prefecture
Rice milled down to 48% (high dai ginjo level!)
Yeast: 1401
Dryness: +2
Acidity: 1.7
Alcohol: 16~17 gegrees
Bottled in July 2010

Clarity: very clear
Colour: transparent
Aroma: Slghtly dry and very fruity. Almonds, coconuts with notes of pineapple. Extremely pleasant
Body: fluid
Taste: Very complex and fruity. Extremely pleasant and sophisticated.
Dry and fruity. Junmai petillant spreading over theback of the palate. Lingers on only a little.
Dry almonds, pineapple with hints of banana and vanilla.
Finishes on a very dry almond note, but turns a little sweetish with food. Later on reveals faint notes of dark chocolate and cofee beans.

Overall: Simply extravagant, although its pricetag is ridiculously cheap (that is for that quality!). The rice millage would be of another plane elsewhere!
Sophisticated, lmost “feminine2 in spite of high alcohol content.
Best appreciated lightly chilled or at room temperature.
Personally the best aperitif one can come across!

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 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 Sake Tasting 11/13: Hatsukame Brewery/Futsushu

June 26, 2010

Sake can be truly extravagant in Shizuoka Prefecture, when you realize that futsushu/regular sake accounts for only 18% of its total production as compared to over 60% nationwide.
Not only this but futsushu made here uses rice that has been polished down to 70% and even less!

Hatsukame Brewery/Futsushu
Rice milled down to 65%

Clarity: very clear
Color: transparent
Aroma: discreet, fruity, almonds, nuts
Body: velvety
Taste: Sweetish attack. Shortish tail. Fruity: almonds, nuts, bitter chocolate.
Keeps well with any food.
Overall: Pleasant on the palate and tongue. Eminently drinkable.
Simply extravagant for a futsushu.
Great with food. Drinks up very quickly.
Can be savoured chilled, at room temperature or lukewarm (“nurukan”).
Certainly qualify for more than as futsushu/regular.


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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 1/10: Morimoto Brewery/Sayogoromo Chouki Ikusei Shikomi Junmai

June 26, 2010

Hidetoshi Morimoto, owner and brewmaster at Morimoto Brewery in Kikugawa City, is at it again! That is, he just will not “follow the lines” and call his brews as others, more traditionally-minded, would…
This sake, which should have been simply called a “Yamahai” finds itself slated as “Chouki Ikusei Shubo Shikomi Junmai, meaning a “junmai which has nurtured for a long time in my sake factory”!
Well, I don’t mind Hidetoshi’s idyosincracies as long as he creates these marvels!

Rice milled down to 60% (koji/fermented rice) and 65% (plain rice)
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees/genshu/no water added
Bottled in May 2010
Contents: 1.8 l

Clarity: very clear
Colour: transparent
Aroma: Fruity, complex, sweetish. Banana, vanilla with memories nuts and coffee beans.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Dry attack backed with some alcohol. Warms up the back of the palate.
Dry pineapple.
Disappears fairly quickly with memories of nuts, macadamia nuts and custard.
Stays very dry with food with more pineapple.
Surprising “gap” between aroma and taste.

Overall: A typical sake from Morimoto Brewery!
Hidetoshi Morimoto cares little about “pleasing people”… His sake, in spite of making use of Shizuoka yeast are “off the norm” in this Prefecture.
A sake for all seasons and all meals, although eminently enjoyable on its own.
Definitely on the “macho side”, uncompromising!


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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 8/13: Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery-Kazutoyo

June 3, 2010

This could very well be the last bottle I drink from Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery in Kakegawa City as Hagi No Kura Brewery has definitely left Sogatsuru after buying Yoshiya Brewery’s license and moved to Shizuoka City this April although they could have done it last year!

Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery, “Kazutoyo” kakegawajyo/Kakegawa Castle Junmai Ginjo

Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Rice milled down to 55%
Bottled in March 2003

Clarity: very clear
Colour: transparent
Aroma: Fruity. Alcohol. Pineapple, banana.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Fruity and soft attack backed up with junmai petillant.
Dissipates quickly.
Complex. Almonds, nuts with memories of banana and coconuts.
Dry finish. Welcome acidity.
Holds its well with any food.

Overall: Despite its ginjo level, a sake fit for food.
Straightforward and unpretentious sake. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Delicious combination of sweetness and acidity.

Will miss that grand name, although I can expect the same from the new brewery!

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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Isojiman Brewery awarded 2 Gold Medals at International Wine Challenge 2010!

May 20, 2010


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(Courtesy of Shizuoka Shinbun, May 20th, 2010)

Great news for Shizuoka Sake!
Isojiman Brewery in Yaizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture has been awarded 2 Gold Medals at the International Wine Challenge 2010 announced on May 19th 2010.

The two Gold Awards were won in the following categories:

-Junmai: Isojiman Omachi Tokubetsu Junmai

-Junmai Ginjo & Junmai Daiginjo: Isojiman Dai Ginjo Junmai

The sake section was inaugurated in 2007.
This year saw a total of 405 entries representing 176 breweries from all over Japan in 5 different divisions.

Last year, for their first participation, Isojiman had already garnered a siver medal in the Ginjo & Daiginjo Division.

Congratulations!

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 21~5: Kanzawagawa Brewery-Shosetsu Futsushu

May 13, 2010


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Kanzawagawa Brewery is also an old establishment located very near the sea at Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shziuoka City along the old Tokaido Road.
They have the merit to still make absolutely extravagant “futsushu/regular sake” at ridiculous prices.

Like most of all futsushu (only 18% of the total production, probably the lowest in Japan), the bottles are adorned with old traditional designs!. As they are easy to conserve thy would make the perfect souvenir back home in the rest of world!

Kansawa Brewery: Shosetsu Futsushu

Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Rice milled down to 70%
Bottled in January 2010

Clarity: very clear
Colour: transaparent
Aroma: Strong attack upon opening the bottle. Tends to dissipate quickly.
Fruity. Bitter chocolate, banana, macadamia nuts
Body: fluid
Taste: Dry attack backed up by delicious alcohol and a basket of dry nuts and bananas.
Complex/not straightforward for a fustushu.
Pleasantly warming up back of the palate with plenty of dry almonds, finishing on a pleasant acid note.
Holds its own well with any food with an accetuated dryness.

Overall: A sake for all meals, although eminetly drinkable on its own.
Certainly not the “image” of the futsushu, but futsushu are simply extravagant in Shizuoka Prefecture, considering that the rice millage would qualify it as premium sake!

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 26~8: Eikun Brewery-Eikun Futsushu

May 13, 2010


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Eikun Brewery is an old establishment “lost” in the mountains facing the sea at Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shziuoka City.
They have the merit to still make absolutely extravagant “futsushu/regular sake” at ridiculous prices.

Like most of all futsushu (only 18% of the total production, probably the lowest in Japan), the bottles are adorned with old traditional designs!. As they are easy to conserve thy would make the perfect souvenir back home in the rest of world!

Eikun: Futsushu
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Rice milled down to 70%
Bottled in January 2010

Clarity: very clear
Colour: transparent
Aroma: Fruity, ricey
Body: Fluid
Taste: Dry and soft attack. Discreet.
Fruity and nutty: macadamia nuts, almonds, coconuts.
Disappears quickly with dry nuts.
tends to come up with new facets with the second and third sip (glass).

Overall: Very elegant and extravagant for a futsushu.
Goes well with any food.
A sake for everyday home drinking!

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
Warren Bobrow
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Shizuoka SakeTasting 17~10: Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Junmai Genshu

May 4, 2010


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Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City is one of the oldest still active breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture as it was founded in 1686 in Edo Era. Shimizu and Shizuoka were completely separated then. the Name “Sanwa/三和” could be literally translated as the “triple harmony” as it is actually the merger of three different breweries when Sanwa acquired neighbouring Koizumike and Shimizu Breweries about 30 years ago.

Sanwa Brewery, whose brewermaster hails from the Nanbu School in Iwate Prefecture, has the particularity of being the only brewery in Shizuoka Prefecture not to use the Shizuoka yeast, but nonetheless has conducted fruitful research in alternative rice strains.

Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Junmai Genshu:

Rice: Nihonbare 100%
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees (genshu/no pure water added)
Dryness: +2
Acidity: 1.5
Contents: 1.8l
Bottled in March 2010

-Clarity: very clear

-Colour: transparent

-Aroma: Complex. Fruity and flowery. Apricot, bitter chocolate

-Body: Fluid

-Taste: Strong and delicious alcohol attack with junmai petillant back-up warming back of the palate.
Complex. Fruity: Pineapple, apricot, flowers, memories of bitter chocolate and coffee beans.
Lingers for a short while with a sweetish note ending in nuts.
Holds its own well with any food.

My nurukan set!

As “nurukan” (40~45 degrees), comes with dry nuts. Very pleasant with any food.

Overall: A slightly extravagant sake for any food, although one can definitely enjoy it for its own sake (sorry for the pun!)
Could be considered as a “strong” sake in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Definitely the type of sake for a Japanese dining party!

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
Warren Bobrow
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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
Warren Bobrow
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Shizuoka SakeTasting 10/8: Takashima Brewery/Hakuin Masamune

April 20, 2010

Takashima Brewery in Hamamatsu has been receiving a lot of attention in Japan these last two years after being given the accolade by DANCYU magazine last year. Its brews are avidly searched through the nation. Although they are readuly available in Shizuoka, they are still a rarity elsewhere, except maybe in Tokyo.

Takashima Brewery: Hakuin Masamune, Shoukumi Mizu Junmashyu Season III

This is a sake out of the ordinary as only 100% (1 to 1) ratio of water has been used in brewing the sake, whereas modern method makes use of 130~140% of water (rice being the basic 100% ratio base).
Furthermore it had been made in the old fashion when sake traders added water to sake bought in kegs to make it milder to the taste.
The alcohol was also lower than in present days.
Accordingly, takashima Brewery kept the alcohol level of this particular brew lower than usual as an experiment

Rice: Homarefuji and Aichi no Kaori (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 60% (Homarefuji) and 65% (Aichi no Kaori)
Alcohol: under 15 degrees
Contents: 1.8l
Bottled in March 2010

Clarity: very clear

Colour: Golden hue

Aroma: Complex, flowery and fruity: pineapple, almonds.

Body: fluid

Taste: Soft and dry attack backed by junmai petilllant tingle.
Linger for a short while with a sweetish flowery note.
Complex, dry and fruity. Pienapple, almonds, brown sugar and apricots.
Very soft and pleasant on the palate.
Holds its own well with food with welcome acid note.

Overall: A sake for all seasons.
To be enjoyed chilled, at room temperature or “nurukan” (45 degrees).
Typical of Takashima Brewery.
Should please both ladies and gentlemen on its own or with any kind of meal.
An extremely underrated beauty!

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-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
Warren Bobrow
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 3/7: Doi Brewery/Kaiun-Sakura Hana

April 5, 2010

In spite of the passing away of the nationally famous sake masterbrewer, Mr Hase, his apprentices have taken up the job of continuing producing brews in the greatest Noto tradition (Noto peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture) at Doi Brewery in Kakegawa City and helped maintain the highest rank for the pleasure of all.

Kaiun Sakura Hana is a regular feature put out just before the cherry blossom season for which the magnificent Doi Brewery is celebrated for.

There are very few indications as to how the sake is made, but it is a Junmai Ginjo.

Doi Brewery: Kaiun Sakura No Hana

Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol:15~16 degrees
Bottledin March 2010

Clarity: very clear

Colour: Faint golden hue

Aroma: Fruity and flowery: banana, pineapple, peaches. Strong and extremely pleasant

Body: smooth and solid

Taste: Dryish attack, junmai tingle, shortish tail.
Fruity and complex.
Bananas, dry almonds, later backed up by coffee beans and bitter chocolate and peaches.
Very soft at the back of the mouth.
Holds its own well with food with a drier note.

Overall: A beautiful, very flowery sake to be enjoyed on its own, although it goes well with any food. Best appreciated at room temperature, although many will like it slightly chilled. Feminine in aroma, but more direct in taste!

RECOMMENDED RELATED 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
Warren Bobrow
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 1/9: Morimoto Brewery/Sayogoromo

March 1, 2010

Whereas most brewers in Shizuoka Prefecture concoct soft, almost feminine, sake, Hidetoshi Morimoto, Masterbrewer/owner of Morimoto Brewery in Kikugawa City has often taken the notorious role of a maverick to the delight of lovers of characterful brews bordering on the impertinent.

The latest of his creations is definitely out of the ordinary in this Prefecture famed for making some of the best (popular?) sake in Japan, especially when ones notices that Hidetoshi Morimoto doesn’t bother much about giving all kinds of information usually found in this Prefecture.

Morimoto Brewery, Sayogoromo, Tokubetsu Junmai.

Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15 degrees

Clarity: Very clear and clean.

Colour: Faint golden hue.

Aroma: Fruity and complex: bananas, pineapple, alcohol, almonds.

Body: Smooth and solid.

Taste: Strong junmai attack. Great combination of fruitiness and acidity. Shortish tail. Complex: bananas and flowers.
Abruptly ends on a dry almond note.
Holds well with any food.

Overall: Unusually “macho” sake for Shizuoka, typical of Morimoto brewery sakes.
Great with strong food, especially yakitori and nabe.
Drunk on its own, will please lovers of strong and characterful sakes.

RECOMMENDED RELATED 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
Warren Bobrow
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2010 Shizuoka Oden Festival with Shizuoka Sake!

February 12, 2010

The 2010 Shizuoka Oden Festival kicked off today!
I made a quick visit in-bewteen work to have a quick snack!

Going to the Aoba Koen/Aoba Park Street behind the City Hall, one just could miss it clearly markde as it was giant red lanterns with “ODEN” wrote on them (in Japanese only, mind you!).

Now, choosing one was a bit of a dilemna!
Knowing that the festival would last until Sunday, I decided to wait until a particularly big and troublesome local TV crew left the premises to get some hot food and a glas of local sake!

The great thing about these oden foodstands (they actually were held by regular izakaya in town) is that most of them made an effort to serve local Shizuoka sake.
Above picture shows Masu Ichi Brewery (Shizuoka City), Shidaizumi Brewery (Fujieda City) and Hana no Mai Brewery (Hamamatsu City)!

But the one I had chosen today (I’m planning to go there again during the week-end!) had some unusual sake:
Hana no Mai Brewery (Hamamatsu City), Kumpai Brewery (Shizuoka City) and Kansagawa Brewery (Yui)!

This foodstand had been erected by “Showa Hormone Izakaya, south of Shizuoka JR Station.

All oden were very typical of Shizuoka-Style (almost every region in Japan has its own style) oden.

In Shizuoka, most oden are skewered with a stick for easier consumption.

“Motsu/kind of tripe”, also very popular here!

Pity I couldn’t tay all evening there. The Festival is held between 5 and 7 p.m. for 3 days. I wonder why they choose the colder time of the year. LOL

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 3/6: Doi Brewery

December 5, 2009


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Yeaterday I had the occasion to drink a brew by Doi Brewery with a new label!

Doi Brewery: Kaiun Junmai
Rice: Oyamanishiki
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15 degrees
Dryness: +4
Acidity: 1.5
Amino acids: 1.2
Bottled in March 2009

Clarity: very clear
Colour: faint golden hue
Aroma: Fresh, discreet, feminine, fruity. Memories of vanilla, banana and pineapple.
Body: velvety
Taste: Soft attack. Well-rounded. Short tail.
Pleasant, fleeting, feminine, sophisticated.
Fruity and dry, but very smooth.
Pineapple, soft citruses
Junmai tingle appears with food with a late appearance by almonds.
Very soft and fleeting finish with more dry almonds.

Overall: Extravagant, sophisiticated, fleetingly feminine are not exaggerated descriptions for this sake, the last created by Master Brewer hase who passed away in 2009.
Now, how would you drink it?
With your love? as an extravagant aperitif? Or on your own away from the bustle of everyday life….

RECOMMENDED RELATED 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
Warren Bobrow
Tokyo Terrace

Shizuoka Prefecture Sake Tasting Session at the 2009 JALT Conference

November 24, 2009

Who is this guy? LOL

Thanks to the incredible efforts of Etsuko Nakamura and her companion in life, Ted, Japanese Sake, and Shizuoka Sake in particular became a major feature for the first time during the Annual JALT (Japan Association of language Teachers) Conference held again in Shizuoka City at Grandship on November 21st~23rd.

The Shizuoka sake Waiting Team!

The sake events came in two distinctive parts.
On Saturday 21st from 16:30 to 20:00, JALT members and visitors were offered the possibility to choose from 9 different brews (paying 1,000 yen for three different tastings) chosen among the 28 breweries existing in Shizuoka Prefecture:
-Hatsukame Brewery (Okabe-cho): Junmai
-Aoshima Brewery (Fujieda City): Kikuyoi Junmai
-Shidaizumi Brewery (Fujieda City): Junmai Ginjo
-Sugii Brewery (Fujieda City): Suginishiki Junmai Nama Genshu Kin No Kai
-Isojiman Brewery (Yaizu City): Bessen Honjozo
-Doi Brewery (Kakegawa City): kaiun Junmai
-Morimoto Brewery (Kikugawa City): Sayogoromo Kao Label Tokubetsu Honjozo (my favourite!)
-Kokkou Brewery (Fukuroi City): Tokubetsu Junmai
-Kansawagawa Brewery (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Yui): Shosetsu Karakuchi Junmai Homare Fuji
-Fujinishiki Brewery (Shibakawa Cho): Junmai

Drinking in the Dark?

The tasting was a great success.
Incidentally, visitors did not all go for the more famous brands. i wonder why? LOL

On Sunday 22nd, from 16:30 to 20:00, a second tasting session was held. This time the brewers or owners were present. Actually your servant was drafted in to extoll the merits of Eikun as the owner’s daughter had fallen sick on the very morning (no need to say that interpretation was necessary!)!

Do you recognize this gentleman? LOL

This time not only brews were tasted but a full-fledged sale event was organized for visitors who wished to bring these rare sake back home (The JALT Conference attracted no less than 1,600 professionals!):

-Takashima Brewery (Numazu City): Hakuin Masamune (Homarefuji Junmai + Ymahai Junmai + Junmai Daiginjo Tobin Gakoi)
-Eikun Brewery (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Yui): Eikun (Tokubetsu Junmai Hiyaoroshi + Junmai Ginjo Midori no eikun +Daiginjo Tobin Gakoi)
-Kansawagawa Brewery (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Yui): Shosetsu (Shosetsu Tokubetsu Junmai + Shosetsu Tokubetsu Honjozo + Daiginjo)
-Hatsukame Brewery (Okabe cho): Hatsukame (Kamejirushi Ginjo + Kamemaru Junmai Ginjo + Daiginjo)
-Isojiman Brewery (Yaizu City): Isojiman (Daiginjo Junmai Emerald)
-Kokkou Brewery (Fukuroi City): Kokkou (Tokubetsu Junmai + Junmai Ginjo Nakgumi + Junmai Daiginjo Tobin Gakoi)
-Aoshima Brewery (Fujieda City): Kikuyoi (Kikuyoi Junmai Ginjo + Junmai Ginjo matsushita mai 50%, organic sake!)
-Sanwa Brewery (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku): Garyubai (Garyubai Junma Genshu + Junmai Ginjo Yamada Nishiki)
-Doi Brewery (Kakegawa City): Kaiun (Junmai Hiyaoroshi + Junmai Hana no Kaori Nama)

All the above could be tasted for a mere 1,200 yen!

Courtesy of Shizuoka Shinbun Daily (nOVEMBER 23rd, 2009)

On the same day the local media was lurking around and had a field day with all these “gaijin” who loved their sake and could express their opinions in Japanese!

Once again, Etsuko and Ted, a very big thank you for all the incredible work!

RECOMMENDED RELATED 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
Warren Bobrow
Tokyo Terrace

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 17/9: Sanwa Brewery

November 24, 2009


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It7s been some time I sampled a brew by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku (formerly shimizu City).
Their brand name, Garyubai, created some four years has stuck for good, and almost all brews bear the name.
The particularity of this brewery is that it is the only one in this Prefecture not using the Shizuoka Yeast!

Sanwa Brewery: Garyubai Junmai (Genshu)

Rice: Nihon Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Acidity: 1.4
Bottled in June 2009

Clarity: very clear
Colour: almost transparent
Aroma: Strong alcohol, fruity: bananas, almonds, a memory of bitter chocolate.
Body: velvety
Taste: Soft on the tongue at first, with a strong alcohol attack at the beack of thepalate.
Finishes on a smooth note. shortish tail. complex.
Fruity: almonds, bananas, coffee beans.
Starts almost sweet to finish on a strong dry note with mandarines, more almonds and bitter chocolate.
“Adapts” itself with food well with more facets appearing.

Overall: A sake which is both strong and complex.
Marries well with food.
Its dry fruity taste might become an acquired taste, though.
Even knowing that this brewery does not use the Shizuoka yeast, it is obviously off the beaten tracks in Shizuoka Prefecture.

RECOMMENDED RELATED 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
Warren Bobrow
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Other Regions: Kanagawa Prefecture Sake Breweries

November 17, 2009

Kumazawa Brewery/Shoko

I understand this blog is devoted to sake brewed in Shizuoka Prefecture, but whenever I have the luck to visit other regions in Japan I follow the (somewhat changed) adage: Drink in Roma what Romans drink!

As I go regularly to Yokohama and other parts of Kanagawa Prefecture I make a point to taste their sake with their food!

Kanagawa Prefecture Breweries List:

Ebina City:
Izumibashi Brewery (Izumibashi)

Tsukui Gun:
Shimizu Brewery (Iwao No Izumi)
Kubota Brewery

Isehara City:
Yoshikawa Brewery (Kikuyu)

Ashigaragami Gun:
Seto Brewery
Ishii Brewery

Kawanishiya Brewery/Tanzawayama

Kawanishiya Brewery
Inoue Brewery
Nakazawa Brewery

Atsugi City:

Koganei Breweru/Sakamasu

Koganei Brewery

Shinno City:
Kanei Brewery

Odawara City:
Soda Brewery

Aikou Gun:
Oyatakashi Brewery

Chigasaki City:

Kumazawa Brewery/Shokou

Kumazawa Brewery/Kamakura Shiori

Kumazawa Brewery/Shounan

Kumazawa Brewery (Tensei, Shokou)

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 11/12: Hatsukame Brewery

November 10, 2009


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HATSU-HON

Hatsukame Brewery is the oldest one in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Originally founded in Shizuoka City in the first half of the 17th Century, it moved to its present location in Okabe between Shizuoka City and Yaizu City during the Meiji Era.
It has also becomethe repository of sake history in Shizuoka Prefecture,thanks to its present owner, an ardent archivist!

Hatsukame Brewery

Honjozo, Muroka (unfiltered), Nama (unpasteurized), Genshu (unaltered)

Rice milled down to 63%
Dryness: +6.0
Acidity: 1.7
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
Bottled on March 5th, 2009

Clarity: very clear
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Strong, sweetish, fruity, bananas
Body: velevety
Taste: Strong attack. Complex. Shortish tail.
Nice alcohol influence. Dry and fruity: banana, coffee beans, pineapple.
Turns drier with food.
Take a trun for a dry road with the second glass with almonds and more coffee beans.

Overall: A strong and complex sake, which takes you by surprise.
Great with any food!

RECOMMENDED RELATED 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
Warren Bobrow
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 26/7: Eikun Brewery

November 10, 2009


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EIKUN-TOJ

Yes, I’m still alive!
Just had some different priorities of late, but now I at last have the time to come back more regularly to my first love: Shizuoka Sake!

It’s been a long time since I taste a brew by Eikun Brewery in Yui.
The trip to that particular brewery is almost an expedition as it is located along a lonely road halfway up the mountains bordering the sea and the very narrow valley in Yui, a place so famous for its fish, sushi and sake!
This Hiyaoroshi had only a front label with the minimum of indications, but it certainly was worth exploring!

Eikun Brewery

Tokubetsu Junmai Hiyaoroshi, genshu

Rice milled down to 55% (extravagant!)
Alcohol: 16~17%
Bottled in September 2009

Clarity: very clear
Colour: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Fruity: pears, vanilla, banana
Body: velvety
Taste: Very soft attack backed up by a little dry alcohol.
Very well-rounded.
Fruity: bananas, pears.
Short tail.
Pleasant dry and fruity finish with notes nuts at the back of the mouth.
Elegant, feminine, fleting with a sense of unexplored depth.
Turns drier with food.
Overall: Very pleasant in spite of its high alcohol content. Very fruity, but soft on the tongue and palate.
Elegant and extravagant for a junmai.
Makes for the perfect aperitif, although holds its own very well with food.
Would certainly not lose its place to wine!

RECOMMENDED RELATED 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
Warren Bobrow
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