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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 19/6: Kokkou Brewery

February 9, 2009


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It’s been some time since I tasted a brew from Kokkou Brewery in Fukuroi City. Not easy to find, it is nonetheless imperative I taste one as this is the first brewery to use the Shizuoka yeast.

Kokkou Brewery: Junmai Ginjo, Den-Ichiro “Tezukuri/Handmade” Nama (unpasteurized)
Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Yeast: Shizuoka HD-1
Dryness: +7
Acidity: 1.2
Amino acids: 1.1
Bottled in January 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Soft, fruity: banana, vanilla, faint oranges
Body: Velvety
Taste: Dry attack, Shortish tail. Complex. Fruity: banana, coffee beans, bitter chocolate. Faint junmai tingle.
Elegant, almost feminine in spite of high dryness.
Turns even drier with second sip with an increased appearance by the coffee beans and bitter chocolate.

Overall: A typical sake from Kokkou Brewery.
Soft, discreet, almost feminine.
A sake fitter for a tasting session than for a meal.
Best drunk at room temperature.

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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9 sake in Shizuoka receive the accolade in Nagoya!

November 4, 2008


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(Shizuoka Shinbun)

9 Sake from Shizuoka have received the top accolade at the Annual Sake Tasting recently held at the Nagoya National Tax Office featured sake from Shizuoka, Aichi, Mie and Gifu Prefectures.

-Honjozo Section (67 entrants): Aoitenka (Kakegawa City) and Oomuraya (Shimada City) Breweries.

-Junmai Section: Yoshiya (Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku), Sanwa (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku), Oomuraya (Shimada City) and Fujinishiki (Shibakawa Cho)

-Ginjo Section: Doi (Kakegawa City), Oomuraya (Shomada City) and Sanwa (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku) Breweries.

Congratulations!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 19/5: Kokkou Brewery

October 28, 2008


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Kokkou Brewery in Fukuroi City produces very few private brands if none at all.
This particular brand “Kizan” was made in commemoration of a local celebrity called Kawamura Kizan.

Kokkou Brewery: “Kizan” Junmai
Rice: LGC Soft 80%, Gohyakumangoku 20%
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +8
Acidity: 1.3
Amino Acids: 1.0
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast HD-1
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in October 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: transparent
Aroma: Fruity: bananas, vanilla, almonds.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Firm attack. Shortish tail. Complex.
Fruity and dry. Bananas, almonds with pleasant acid finish.
Later coffee beans and bitter chocolate appear with food.
Dry acid almonds appear after food.

Overall: Pleasant “Shizuoka type” sake.
Multi-faceted.
Drinks well on its own, although probably designed for food.
Actually extravagant if drunk with food.
For dry sake lovers!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 19/4: Kokkou Brewery

October 21, 2008


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As I mentioned before, bottles from Kokkou Brewery in Fukuroi City are not always easy to find.
Therefore when I saw two of them I had nost tasted yet in Kakegawa JR Station, I did not hesitate!
The name of this particular brew, Den-Ichiro, is actually the brewmaster/tooji’s trade name!

Kokkou Brewery: Den Ichiro Junmai Ginjo Muroka (unfiltered) Nama (unpasteurized) Genshu (unaltered) Tobin Koi (dripped directly into the bottle)

Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to: 60%
Dryness: +7
Acidity: 1.3
Amino acids: 1.2
Yeast: Shizuoka Ginjo HD-1
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in July 2008

Clarity: Slightly smoky due to the remaining unfitered white lees
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Strong and fruity at first. Turns light and dry quickly. Bananas, pears.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Shortish tail in spite of strong attack with junmai tingle backup.
Fruity and dry: bananas, pears.
Turns quickly dry on palate. Turns even drier when whirled around inside mouth with a last acid note and almonds.

Overall: The fact it is practically untouched makes it a strong sake with a very personal character.
Powerful and pleasant at the same time.
Drinks very well with heavy food.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 19-3: Kokkou Brewery

May 8, 2008


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Brews from Kokkou Brewery in Fukuroi City are not always easy to find, although this particular brewery is very important in Shizuoka Prefecture as it saw the birth and first use of the Shizuoka Yeasts which revolutionized the sake of this Prefecture some 30 years ago!

Kokkou Brewery: Tokubetsu Honjozo

Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled: December 2007

Clarity: Very clear

Colour: Light Golden Tinge

Aroma: Fruity: Nectarine, vanilla

Body: Fluid

Taste: Fruity and dry. Short tail. Melon, Nectarine.
Almonds appear later.
Turns drier with food.
Welcome acidity and alcohol backed up by more melon.

Overall: A sake best suited for food.
Varies very little with food. Very enjoyable