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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Kokko Brewery-Junmai Ginjo (conducted at la Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

August 22, 2016

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I don’t mind repeating it all the time but I prefer conducting sake tastings in the right environment but not many places are propitious for that exercise or willing to help.
But La Sommeliere in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City is certainly becoming a habit as not only I can conduct my tasting in the best conditions possible but also exchange views at the same time!

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For a change this time we tasted a Junmai Ginjyo concocted by Kokko Brewery in Fukuroi City!
Incidentally Kokko Brewery was the first a long time ago to use the new Shizuoka yeast!

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Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 50%
Yeast: Shizuoka Ginjyo HD-1
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: +7
Acidity: 1.2
Amino acids: 1.1
Bottled in July 2016

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Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma dry and fruity. Pears, flowers,herbs
Body: fluid
Taste: very dry and fruity attack backed gentle junmai petillant.
Complex. Banana, persimmon, walnuts, chestnuts, almonds.
Lingers for a short while before departing on notes of oranges and bitter chocolate and faint coffee beans.
Will finally end up on an even drier note at the back of the palate.

Overall: Superb sake, but not as dry as this brewery uses to.
Probably best enjoyed on its own.
Starts it slightly chilled to discover new facets as temperature rises.
Suggested pairings: salads, grilled white fleshed fish, cheese, chocolate.

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00, 12:00~18:00 on Sundays & National Holidays
FACEBOOK (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

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Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Kokkou Brewery-Tokubetsu Honjozo Miyabi No Iki

April 22, 2014

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It’s been quite some time since I tasted a brew by Kokkou Brewery in Fukuroi City!
Their sake are not easy to find in Shizuoka City actually!

Kokkou Brewery is remarkable for the fact that it was the first brewery to sue the famed Shizuoka yeasts!

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They tend to produce very dry sake, even by Shizuoka standards and this particlar brew has a special attached to it, “Miyabi no iki'”/”Elegant Style”!

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Rice: Yamada Nishiki 20%, Gohyakumangoku 80%
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: + 9
Acidity: 1.2
Amino acids: 1.1
Yeast: Shizuoka Ginjo HD-1
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in March 2014

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Golden hue
Aroma: Melon with hints of apples and pears
Body: Fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: Very dry and fruity attack with pleasant alcohol.
Complex. Dry almonds, nuts.
Very elegant in spite of its very dry approach.
Disappears quickly.
Changes little with food but for a slightly sweeter turn.

Overall: Extremely elegant for a “simple” tokubetsu honjozo.
The skills involved in the creation of such sake are simply extraordinary!
Blind tasting will bring out surprises!
A sake for all seasons and genders and occasions!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
rre.Cuisine
, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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

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.