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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 18/10: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery

November 10, 2008


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That particular posting should interest the Good Beer and Country Boys who have recenly visited this Brewery!
This is the second brew of the very limited Ten=Teki Series, an extravagant Junmai Yamahai!
Note that this is the first Yamahai concocted by this Brewery!

Hamamatsu-Tejingura Brewery: Ten=Teki Junmai Yamahai
Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 50% (absolutely extravagant!)
Dryness: -13
Acidity: 3.1 (very high for Shizuoka!)
Yeast: No9 & Shizuoka NEW-5
Production 1,000 bottles
Bottled in October 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Fruity and dry, green apples, coffee beans, vanilla, oranges.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Shortish tail. Fruity and velvety attack. Complex. Green apples. Turns dry in mouth with a nice acid finish. Persimmons, oranges, bananas and apricots made an appearance with second sip.
Turns dry with food.

Overall: A very solid sake showing multiple facets backed by a dry acid finish in spite of very sweet figures.
Probably best enjoyed with heavy food.
Unusual sake for Shizuoka!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 18/9: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery

November 4, 2008


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Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery in Hamamatsu City has come up with a great end-of-the-year present: Koshu/Old sake!

Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Ten-Teki Koshu (futsushu)

Originally brewed in 1997 and bottled in September 2008 (11 years old!)
Rice: Yamada Nishiki, 40%, Gohyakumangoku, 60%
Rice milled down to 60%(even so it is declared as a futsushu!)
Dryness: -36
Acidity: 1.8
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Yeast: No 9
Production limited to 500 (500 ml)

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Rich golden hue
Aroma: Rich, strong, port wine, fruity, persimmons, almonds
Body: Velvety
Taste: Rich and sweet at first. Slightly syrupy. Very fruity: almonds, apricots, persimmons and mandarines.
Finishes with a faint acid note.
Rich balance between sweetness and acidity appearing with food.

Overall: A very original sake!
Rare sweetness for Shizuoka.
Chilled, it drinks as a great aperitif.
At room temperature, eases down a rich port.
A discovery!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 3/5: Doi Brewery/Kaiun

October 6, 2008


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We are in October and it becomes a rush to taste all these Hiyaoroshi!

Doi Brewery: Kaiun Junmai Hiyaoroshi
Rice: yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to: 55% (extravagant!)
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees (genshu)

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Discreet. Banana
Body: Velvety
Taste: Complex. Shortish tail. Fruity and dry. Banana, coffee beans.
Turns drier very quickly, especially with food.
Vanilla and almonds appearing later.
Junmai tingle.
Bitter chocolate appearing later with more food.

Overall: “Shizuoka Type Sake. Multi-faceted.
Well suited for food.
Drinks very quickly. Tends to show a fleeting character.
Extravagant millage at 55%.
Poured a cup inside a “kegani/spider crab” shell with its “miso/brain”. Sublime!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 10/6: Takashima Brewery-Hakuin Masamune

October 2, 2008


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I had been impatiently waiting for a “hiyaoroshi” (sake pasteurized only once) from my my very special favorite Brewery, Takashima Brewery in Numazu City. Well, I had even greater luck this time as this also a “Yamahai”!

Takashima Brewery: Hakuin Masamune Yamahai junmai Hiyaoroshi 2008

Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 65%
Yeast: Shizuoka NEW-5
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees (genshu type)
Dryness: +1 (very low)
Acidity: 1.7
Bottled in September 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Fruity: dry cherries, almonds, coffee beans, banana
Body: Velvety
Taste: Shortish tail. Welcome alcohol (high as this is a genshu/unaltered sake).
Dry cherries, coffee beans. Complex. Very soft and pleasant in spite of high alcohol. Plays hide and seek with taste buds.
Dry almonds appearing with food.
Turns drier with food.

Overall: A beauty!
Could be drunk at any time of a meal. Could definitely be drunk in place of a fine Port wine!
Definitely a session sake in spite of very low millage for Shizuoka (65%. Usually 60%)!

The last Bottle 1/2?: Iwamoto Brewery

September 27, 2008


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Mr. Matsunaga, owner of Mr. Matsunaga’s Liquor Shop showed me this bottle last Wednesday.
The last generation of Iwamoto Brewery producing Shikon among other brand names in Fujieda City married into the family owning Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku.
This is another famous brand of theirs: Matsuwaka Midori.
As it had already been bought by a group of collectors, I was only allowed to take a pic and write down the information!

Iwamoto Brewery (ceased operations on July 4th, 2005)
Matsuwaka Midori Shiboritate Genshu
Bottled in 1992!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 25/5: Bandai Brewery

September 27, 2008


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Bandai Brewery in Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula does produce quite a few “private labels”
This second one one, “Egawa Sake, Nirayama”, is also exclusively sold at Kuraya Narusawa Beer Brewery.
Actually the Brew master of the latter establishment also helps brewing sake at Bandai Brewery in winter!
Nirayama is the name of a locality in Northern Izu Peninsula.

Bandai Brewery: Edagawa sake, Nirayama, Tokubetsu Junmai

Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in May 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Strong, but dissipates quickly. Almonds, bitter chocolate, coffee beans
Body: Velvety
Taste: Shortish tail. Sweetish first, turns dry quickly.
Fruity: almonds, chestnuts, bitter chocolate.
Strong junmai tingle.
Starts dry, but sweetness tends to reappear with every sip.
Pleasant. More coffee beans appearing with food.

Overall: “Shizuoka Type Sake”.
Devised for food, although enjoyable on its own.
Probably best appreciate at room temperature.
Drinks well with any food, from sashimi to yakitori.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 25/4: Bandai Brewery

September 22, 2008


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Bandai Brewery in Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula does produce quite a few “private labels”
This particular one, “Egawa Sake, Tan An”, is exclusively sold at Kuraya Narusawa Beer Brewery.
Actually the Brew master of the latter establishment also helps brewing sake at Bandai Brewery in winter!
“Tan An” was another name of Egawa Hidemitsu a high-ranking Edo Era official with his seat in Nirayama, Izu peninsula. It is believed he was also the first man to bake European-style bread in Japan.

Bandai Brewery: Egawa Sake, Tan An, Junmai Daiginjo

Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in May 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Body: Velvety
Aroma: Fruity: pears
Taste: Shortish tail. Starting fruity to quickly turn dry.
Complex and fruity: pears, almonds, star anise, banana. Light junmai tingle.
Dry almonds lingering after second sip.

Overall: “Shizuoka Type Sake”
Easy to drink. Very dry. High alcohol contents make it suitable to food in spite of its complex fleeting character.
Tends to turn sweetish with salty food

Updated List of Shizuoka Brewers & Labels

September 21, 2008


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Here below is the list of all 31 “kura”/breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture (Chiyomusume Brewery has just ceased operations in October 2007), which were “working” as of November 2007 (with some nuances and notes attached!)
They are listed in a “traditional” order.
Official business names of Breweries are also included. Keep in mind that some breweries also produce brands for individual shops or distributors: “Miwa No sato” and “Ashikubo” by Fujinishiki, “Toro No sato” by Haginishiki, etc. as well as seasonal limited sake with different names.
As for the “maboroshi” (the ones that disappeared), I keeping updating the list!

Shizuoka City:
1) Chumasa/Yoshiya Brwery (Aoi Ku)/Yoshiya Brewery (also includes: Abekaido, Umifune No Yamahai, Chuemon, Umegashima)
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2) Garyubai/Sanwa Brewery (Shimizu Ku)/Sanwa Brewery (also includes Hagoromo No Mai, Shizugokoro, S-Pulse Brand, Sayo No MaiTesshu, Hoosu)
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3) Haginishiki (Suruga Ku)/Haginishiki Brewery (also includes: Toro No Sato, Minami Alps, Surugayoi)
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4) Kumpai (Suruga Ku)/Kumpai Brewery (also includes: Tenryo No Taki, Meguriai, Shizuka, Daikichi, Kogarashi No Mori, Abe no Shizuku, Ra, Sakura, Tsubaki, Resienkashu, Momiji)
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5) Masuichi (Aoi Ku)/Masuichi Brewery (includes: Tsurugi)
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Ihara Gun, Yui:
6) Eikun/Eikun Brewery (also includes: Sumpu No Takajo, Iroha, Kohaku, Hiyaoroshi, Midori no Eikun)
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7) Shyosetsu/Kamizawagawa Brewery (also includes: Yamda Nishiki, Gin Ginga,Aki Agari)
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Shida Gun:
8) Hatsukame (Okabe)/Hatsukame Brewery (also includes: Arabashiri, Midori, Kame, Okabe Maru, Kame Shirushi, Kiwami 35, Hyogetsu)
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Fujieda City:
9) Kikuyoi/Aoshima Bewery (also includes Matsushitamai 40, Matsushitamai 50)
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10) Shidaizumi/Shidaizumi Brewery (also called Shirasagi, Aoi No Tsuki))
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11) Suginishiki/Sugii Brewery (also includes: Fujimai, Touryuumou, Kinnosuke, Taru no Sake)
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Yaizu City:
12) Isojiman/Isojiman Brewery(also includes: Shumpu, Aiyama)
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Shimada City:
13) Wakatake/Omuraya Brewery (also includes: Nagai Ki No Hashi, Oikawa Han Kajika, Tansei, Suruga Tansei, Aoimiyagi, Suruko, Shizuoka Oden No Sake, Onna Nakase, Shiro, Take no Kaze, Fuuko, Oyakko, Numazu Uogashi Sushi, Rock Sake, Kaon, Aki no Nama Ippon, Najimi, Sanbyakuton, Juubei, Miya no Mizuku, Shiro, Sagaradako, Hanaoto, Totakozen, Yumei no Tsurubashi, Tenbishi, Shimada Juubei, Namikozo, Okinasagi, Rendaikoshi)
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Kikugawa City
14) Matsuwaka/Shiromatsu Brewery (actually buys its sake and sells under its label)
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15) Sayogoromo/Morimoto Brewery (also includes: Sayogoromo No Uta, Kojyo, Aeru No Sato, Sakuretsu Karakuchi, Ma, Shachou No Irasuto, Jizake Koubo-Fujihomare, Sayo no Sanzoku)
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Omaezaki City:
16) Takamatsu/Ishikawa Brewery (includes: En’yotakamatsu) (actually buys its sake and sells under its label)
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Kakegawa City:
17) Aoitenka/Yamanaka Brewery (also includes: Shin’en, Funaseme, Oniaoi, Yokosuka, Yamanaka)
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18) Hagi No Kura/Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery (Hagi No Kura and Soogatsuru were two separate kura in the past, but they have merged although under the direction of Hagi No Kura under a combined name) (includes: Ichitomi, Chiyo)
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19) Kaiun/Doi Brewery (also includes: Iira, Takatenjin, Hasei Shokiji, Sakura Hana, Hana No Ka, Yumejikomi, Enshyuu No Shiki, Kaiun Den, Komotaru, Enshyunada, small cask)
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Iwata City:
20) Senjyu/Senjyu Brewery (also includes: Senjyushirabyoushi, Senjyu Kuromai, Honami, Maiguruma, Sawayaka 16, Blue Bottle, Nadeshiko, Tsurubara, Jubilo Label)
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Fukuroi City:
21) Kokkou/Kokkou Brewery (also includes: Denichiro, Mori no Ishimatsu, Kinzan)
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Hamamatsu City:
22) Chiyomusume/Miyazaki Brewery (actually buys its sake and sells under its label) (ceased operations in October 2007)
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23) Hana No Mai Brewery Hana No Mai Brewery (also inckudes: Hoho, Tsuu, Shizuka No Mai, Yamada Nishiki, Karakkaze, Hikuma No Uta, Keichu, Susono-private label, Enshu no Gin, Ra-Uogashi-private label, Sushi Tetu-private label)
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24) Shusseijyou/Tenjingura-Hamamatsu Brewery (also includes: Ginro, Tenjin,Tobinkakoi, Shussei no Tokuri, Ten, Tengu, Ryu, Mu Jun)
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Fujinomiya City:
25) Chiyo No Mine/Fujimasa Brewery (also includes: Genkotsu, Fuji no Kasagumo, Fuji no Uta, Kin Label, Shiro Label, Hiya, Chiyonomine, Hyoutan Tokkuri)
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26) Shiraito/Makino Brewery (also includes: Fujisan, Shimizu Minato Jirocho, Fuji No Shiraito)
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27) Takasago/Fuji Takasago Brewery (also includes: Tago No Ura, Raku, Soleil, Aragoji, Utafuku, Sunshu Nakaya, Chinkoku No Yama, Kura No Megumi, Homare Fuji)
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Fuji Gun:
28) Fujinishiki/Fujinishiki Brewery (also includes: Ashikubo, Miwa No Sato, Fujigasumi, Homarefuji, Mononofu No sato, Juku, Tokaido Chu, Samutsukuri, Aoi Tokugawa Sandai, Sui, Maboroshi Shiro, Abekawa, YuYU, Odoriko, Umiya Azura, Izu Yama Yama)
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Numazu City:
29) Izuumi/Watanabe Brewery (also includes Tago No Fuji, Bokusui) izu-no-umi1.jpg izu-no-umi2.jpg

30) Hakuinmasamune/Takashima Brewery (also includes: Shirasago)
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Gotemba City:
31)Kinmei/Negami Brewery (also includes: Fugakusen, Gotemba Wakamizu, Wakajun, Fukotagu, Kintaroo no sato, Izumi no Yakata)
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Izu City:
32) Arabashiri/Bandai Brewery (also includes: Ban’you, Wakitaya, Kuromaizake, Amagi, Fujihomare, Izu no Sato, Arabashiri)
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Notes:

1) Kikugenji (formerly of Toyoo Brewery) even sold in Shuzenji is no longer a Shizuoka sake but from a Nada brewery who bought the name before Toyoo Brewery was absorbed by Bandai Brewery in 2003 to be able to sell in its place of origin!

2) Fuuki in Shimizu City are not a sake brewery but a alcohol brewing and bottling company from the Nada area, although one of their casks is displayed at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City. They represented (and might even still) the biggest oke-gai in the Prefecture.
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3) Hiraki Brewery, although owned by Hiraki Co. Ltd, a Shizuoka Prefecture Company whose main shareholder is Shinya Totsuka, the present mayor of Kakegawa City, is a Brewery from Okayama City. No comments!

Updated Shizuoka Brewers List

May 19, 2008


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Here below is the list of all 31 “kura”/breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture (Chiyomusume Brewery has just ceased operations in October 2007), which were “working” as of November 2007 (with some nuances and notes attached!)
They are listed in a “traditional” order.
Official business names of Breweries are also included. Keep in mind that some breweries also produce brands for individual shops or distributors: “Miwa No sato” and “Ashikubo” by Fujinishiki, “Toro No sato” by Haginishiki, etc. as well as seasonal limited sake with different names.
As for the “maboroshi” (the ones that disappeared), I keeping updating the list!

Shizuoka City:
1) Chumasa/Yoshiya Brwery (Aoi Ku)/Yoshiya Brewery (also includes: Abekaido, Umifune No Yamahai, Chuemon)
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2) Garyubai/Sanwa Brewery (Shimizu Ku)/Sanwa Brewery (also includes Hagoromo No Mai, Shizugokoro, S-Pulse Brand, Sayo No MaiTesshu, Hoosu)
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3) Haginishiki (Suruga Ku)/Haginishiki Brewery (also includes: Toro No Sato, Minami Alps, Surugayoi)
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4) Kumpai (Suruga Ku)/Kumpai Brewery (also includes: Tenryo No Taki, Meguriai, Shizuka, Daikichi, Kogarashi No Mori, Abe no Shizuku, Ra, Sakura, Tsubaki, Resienkashu, Momiji)
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5) Masuichi (Aoi Ku)/Masuichi Brewery (includes: Tsurugi)
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Ihara Gun, Yui:
6) Eikun/Eikun Brewery (also includes: Sumpu No Takajo, Iroha, Kohaku, Hiyaoroshi, Midori no Eikun)
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7) Shyosetsu/Kamizawagawa Brewery (also includes: Yamda Nishiki, Gin Ginga,Aki Agari)
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Shida Gun:
8) Hatsukame (Okabe)/Hatsukame Brewery (also includes: Arabashiri, Midori, Kame, Okabe Maru, Kame Shirushi, Kiwami 35, Hyogetsu)
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Fujieda City:
9) Kikuyoi/Aoshima Bewery (also includes Matsushitamai 40, Matsushitamai 50)
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10) Shidaizumi/Shidaizumi Brewery (also called Shirasagi, Aoi No Tsuki))
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11) Suginishiki/Sugii Brewery (also includes: Fujimai, Touryuumou, Kinnosuke, Taru no Sake)
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Yaizu City:
12) Isojiman/Isojiman Brewery(also includes: Shumpu, Aiyama)
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Shimada City:
13) Wakatake/Omuraya Brewery (also includes: Nagai Ki No Hashi, Oikawa Han Kajika, Tansei, Suruga Tansei, Aoimiyagi, Suruko, Shizuoka Oden No Sake, Onna Nakase, Shiro, Take no Kaze, Fuuko, Oyakko, Numazu Uogashi Sushi, Rock Sake, Kaon, Aki no Nama Ippon, Najimi, Sanbyakuton, Juubei, Miya no Mizuku, Shiro, Sagaradako, Hanaoto, Totakozen, Yumei no Tsurubashi, Tenbishi, Shimada Juubei, Namikozo, Okinasagi, Rendaikoshi)
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Kikugawa City
14) Matsuwaka/Shiromatsu Brewery (actually buys its sake and sells under its label)
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15) Sayogoromo/Morimoto Brewery (also includes: Sayogoromo No Uta, Kojyo, Aeru No Sato, Sakuretsu Karakuchi, Ma, Shachou No Irasuto, Jizake Koubo-Fujihomare, Sayo no Sanzoku)
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Omaezaki City:
16) Takamatsu/Ishikawa Brewery (includes: En’yotakamatsu) (actually buys its sake and sells under its label)
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Kakegawa City:
17) Aoitenka/Yamanaka Brewery (also includes: Shin’en, Funaseme, Oniaoi, Yokosuka, Yamanaka)
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18) Hagi No Kura/Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery (Hagi No Kura and Soogatsuru were two separate kura in the past, but they have merged although under the direction of Hagi No Kura under a combined name) (includes: Ichitomi, Chiyo)
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19) Kaiun/Doi Brewery (also includes: Iira, Takatenjin, Hasei Shokiji, Sakura Hana, Hana No Ka, Yumejikomi, Enshyuu No Shiki, Kaiun Den, Komotaru, Enshyunada, small cask)
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Iwata City:
20) Senjyu/Senjyu Brewery (also includes: Senjyushirabyoushi, Senjyu Kuromai, Honami, Maiguruma, Sawayaka 16, Blue Bottle, Nadeshiko, Tsurubara, Jubilo Label)
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Fukuroi City:
21) Kokkou/Kokkou Brewery (also includes: Denichiro, Mori no Ishimatsu, Kinzan)
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Hamamatsu City:
22) Chiyomusume/Miyazaki Brewery (actually buys its sake and sells under its label) (ceased operations in October 2007)
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23) Hana No Mai Brewery Hana No Mai Brewery (also inckudes: Hoho, Tsuu, Shizuka No Mai, Yamada Nishiki, Karakkaze, Hikuma No Uta, Keichu, Susono-private label, Enshu no Gin, Ra-Uogashi-private label, Sushi Tetu-private label)
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24) Shusseijyou/Tenjingura-Hamamatsu Brewery (also includes: Ginro, Tenjin,Tobinkakoi, Shussei no Tokuri, Ten, Tengu, Ryu, Mu Jun)
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Fujinomiya City:
25) Chiyo No Mine/Fujimasa Brewery (also includes: Genkotsu, Fuji no Kasagumo, Fuji no Uta, Kin Label, Shiro Label, Hiya, Chiyonomine, Hyoutan Tokkuri)
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26) Shiraito/Makino Brewery (also includes: Fujisan, Shimizu Minato Jirocho, Fuji No Shiraito)
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27) Takasago/Fuji Takasago Brewery (also includes: Tago No Ura, Raku, Soleil, Aragoji, Utafuku, Sunshu Nakaya, Chinkoku No Yama, Kura No Megumi, Homare Fuji)
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Fuji Gun:
28) Fujinishiki/Fujinishiki Brewery (also includes: Ashikubo, Miwa No Sato, Fujigasumi, Homarefuji, Mononofu No sato, Juku, Tokaido Chu, Samutsukuri, Aoi Tokugawa Sandai, Sui, Maboroshi Shiro)
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Numazu City:
29) Izuumi/Watanabe Brewery (also includes Tago No Fuji, Bokusui) izu-no-umi1.jpg izu-no-umi2.jpg

30) Hakuinmasamune/Takashima Brewery (also includes: Shirasago)
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Gotemba City:
31)Kinmei/Negami Brewery (also includes: Fugakusen, Gotemba Wakamizu, Wakajun, Fukotagu, Kintaroo no sato, Izumi no Yakata)
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Izu City:
32) Arabashiri/Bandai Brewery (also includes: Ban’you, Wakitaya, Kuromaizake, Amagi, Fujihomare, Izu no Sato, Arabashiri)
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Notes:

1) Kikugenji (formerly of Toyoo Brewery) even sold in Shuzenji is no longer a Shizuoka sake but from a Nada brewery who bought the name before Toyoo Brewery was absorbed by Bandai Brewery in 2003 to be able to sell in its place of origin!

2) Fuuki in Shimizu City are not a sake brewery but a alcohol brewing and bottling company from the Nada area, although one of their casks is displayed at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City. They represented (and might even still) the biggest oke-gai in the Prefecture.
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3) Hiraki Brewery, although owned by Hiraki Co. Ltd, a Shizuoka Prefecture Company whose main shareholder is Shinya Totsuka, the present mayor of Kakegawa City, is a Brewery from Okayama City. No comments!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 3-4: Doi Brewery

April 3, 2008


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Doi Brewery in Kakegawa City has seen its junmai elected as the best in Shizuoka Prefecture by their peers in 2008.
I just could not pass the occasion to check it for myself!

Doi Brewery/Kaiun Junmai Ginjo “Den”

Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: +4.0
Acidity: 1.3
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast
Alcohol: 1~18 degrees
Limited edition: 600 bottles
Bottled in February 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: light golden hue

Aroma: dry, alcohol, fruity, flowery, melon

Body: velvety

Taste: Strong junmai tingle, almost bubbly. Complex, fruity and spicy
Short tail, calling for another sip. Melon, vanilla. Drinks very easily and does change character with food.
Bitter chocolate and bananas make a late entry.

Overall: Impressive sake to be savoured at all times for all occasions. A sure winner! Very solid and showing a lot of character.
The kind of sake that disappears from your glass without notice!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 27-4: Aoshima Brewery

April 2, 2008


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This particular sake was tasted by nationwide connoiseurs for the 2008 March edition of Dancyu if I needed any proof of its sublime excellence (oxymoron?)!
It was exclusively made with Matsushita rice biologically grown in Fujieda City else to Aoshima Brewery. As the yeast is also from Shizuoka, you could not ask for a more local sake!

Aoshima Brewery/Kikuyoi-Matsushita Mai 40 Junmai Daiginjo

Rice: Matsushita Mai (fujieda City/Biological rice)
Rice milled down to 40%
Dryness: +6.5
Acidity: 1.2
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast
Bottled in December 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: light golden hue

Aroma: Light and discreet. Fruity, pear, pineapple, melon

Body: velvety

Taste: Light, complex, short tail, elegant.]
Dryness emphasized with second sip and food.
Coffee beans, bitter chocolate, almonds.
Calling for next sip.

Overall: Gentle and elegant sake. Very complex with multiple facets revealed along with more sips and food.
Litlle junmai tingle. Turns dry on the palate.
Simply extravagant. A very special drink for a very special moment with very special compny?
Definitely!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 6-2b: Oomuraya Brewery

March 31, 2008


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Unfortunately it was probably the last time I had tasted that extraordinary sake, this time in the company of the Hamamatsu Geeks on March 21st.
Unfortunately again, it also became a (small) bone of contention between Oomuraya Brewery (Shimada City) and my person: The owner told me it was a futsushu/regular sake when I called him on the phone and that the last batch was used to make umeshu as they apparently could not sell it fast enough… But when I met Mr. Hibino, their vice-Master Brewer, he affirmed that it was a honjozo. I have some (little) doubt about all this because last year they had avered it was offered only in 720ml bottles until I proved them it existed in 1.8l. bottles. Obviously, it is one sake that Mr. Hibino is not in a hurry to talk about, even when I told him that foreigners would love to drink it as a “one shot drink”! Pity…

Oomuraya Brewery, Sake Rock
Futsushu/honjozo genshu
Rice milled down to 70%
Alcohol: 20~21 degrees

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Sweet and very fruity/bananas

Body: velvety

Taste: Long tail with alcohol tingling back of the palate. Fruity, musky.
Bananas appearing with food. Surprisingly easy to drink in spite of the strong alcohol.

Overall: Australians would call it a “queensland” wine. Women in general seemed to appreciate it and said they could not have imagined the high alcohol contents if I had not told them beforehand. Personally I love it a bit chilled (on a hot evening?). My good friend Matt said he would offer it chilled one-shot style if he were allowed to serve it Down Under!
Problem is that he would have to redesign the label without the fag!

New Sake to contribute to Environment!

March 26, 2008


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A new sake was devised by Oumuraya Brewery (Shimada City), first to celebrate the merger of Shimada City with bordering towns and also to contribute to the environment as 100 yen for each bottle is earmarked to help the city to protect the environment!

Sake name: Yukyu Oikawa
Contents: 1.8l.
Price: 1,680 yen
Style: Honjozo

Shizuoka Brewers Association New Sake Tasting Fair

March 26, 2008


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On march 25th, from 12:00 to 14:00, more than 200 sake lovers were able to taste for free the new sake brewed by most Breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture including the 2008 winners, Aoshima Brewery (Kikuyoi) and Doi Brewery (Kaiun).
The 2008 year session saw a better quality crowd than last year when some people were bringing their own food…

Looking forward to next year’s!

Tastings by The Hamamatsu Geeks 4

March 24, 2008


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The Hamamatsu Geeks held their 5th Shizuoka Juizake Tasting Session on Friday March 21st in their usual locale in Hamamatsu City!

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3 brews were on the menu:
Hatsukame Brewery (Shida Gun, Okabe Cho): “Okabe Maru” Junmai
Oomuraya Brewery (Shimada City): “Sake Rock” Futsushu Genshu
Morimoto Brewery (Kikugawa City): “H. Morimoto” Junmai Genshu Muroka Fujihomare.

Reports coming soon!

The next sessions are scheduled on April 18th (featuring brews from Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery) and May 23rd (featuring brews from Hana no Mai Brewery). In both cases representatives of the Breweries will be in attendance!

2008 Shizuoka Sake Governor Awards announced!

March 17, 2008


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The Shizuoka Sake Governor Awards for the year 2008 were announced after brews enlisted by 27 of the 29 active breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture have been appraised through blind tastings by an officila panel of Sake Tasters.

The winners are:

Ginjo Class: Kikuyoi by Aoshima Brewery in Fujieda City

Junmai Class: Kaiun by Doi Brewery in Kakegawa City

Congratulations!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 18-7: Shusseijo Junmai Nama Genshu

March 17, 2008


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Mr. Nakamura, owner of Hamamatsu-Tenjigura Brewery in hamamatsu City, recommended us this particular brew (last bottle available!)
I asked my good friend, Miss Mika Sakurai and her father, Toshio, to taste it for me!

Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery/Shusseijo Junmai Nama Genshu Muroka (unfiltered)
Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Shizuoka Prefecture, 100%)
Rice milled down to 60%
Yeast: Shizuoka NEW-5
Alcohol: 18=19 degrees

Clarity: Very clear

Colour: Light Golden Tinge

Aroma: Sweet, bananas

Body: Velvety

Taste: Sweet. Fruity: Bananas. Strong alcohol. Drinks slowly. Nice acidity appears later.

Overall: This sake tasted sweet with a welcome acidity to achieve a great balance.
Full-bodied and aromatic due to its unfiltered character.
Very enjoyable aroma. We both loved its taste and balance (Toshio Sakurai hails from Nagano Prefecture and reckons this is very good sake)

Shizuoka Breweries 17: Isojiman Brewery

March 9, 2008


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Yohji Teraoka is a very exacting gentleman.
His tenacity and fine attention to fine details, coupled with a superior knowledge of his land and people, has earned him national attention and praise for some of the finest sake in Japan that Isojiman Brewery in Yaizu City has been offering over the years.
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Known since its foundation in 1830as Teraoka Brewery until 1990, it became the first kura in Shizuoka Prefecture, and allegedly in Japan, to transform the whole premises into a completely refrigerated brewery as Mr. Takahiro Nagashima, of Nagashima Saketen in Shizuoka City, and I discovered on March 7th.
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The walls and ceilings are internally isolated with metal sheets while the floors are laid with synthetic material enabling the most efficient refrigeration (we had to don coats beforehand as the temperature is constantly maintained under 5 degrees Celsius) and cleaning by powerful water hoses.
Talking of water, Isojiman Brewery, instead of using their own well, utilizes city water. I thought it a bit strange that such fine sake could be concocted with seemingly base tap water until Mr. Teraoka pointed out that Yaizu City pumps it from a well dug in Negishima 130 deep to collect water already naturally filtered all the way down from the nearby Southern Alps. Moreover, the water is again very finely filtered before use. If I needed another proof that Shizuoka is blessed with some of the best water in Japan, I would not have to ask anyone else!
Which explains why Isojiman has concentrated on creating only preminum sake since 1982 when the kura was renovated.
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The crew of 8 local (most of hem in their 20’s and 30’s) led by Nanbu Guold Master Brewer Nobuo Tada and his two aides brew a total of 1,650,000 1.8l. bottles a year.
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Rice comes already polished from Hyogo Prefecture (Toku A, Yamada Nishiki, Aiyama) and Yamagata Prefecture (Kiyonishiki for honjozo sake). Some Shizuoka-grown Hyakumangoku is used to create “Oigawa Meguri” for five local sake shops in Yaizu City.
On the other hand yeasts are Shizuoka HD-1, Shizuoka NEW-5, and yeast grown by the Brewery.
The attention to fine details was amply demonstrated again through a visit of the whole kura. Ginjo tanks are lined with glass instead of the cheaper ceramic variety which tends to crack soon or later, harbouring unwanted matter spoiling the quality of any sake brewed and stored inside the tank.
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The whole establishment is a solid proof that traditional and state-of-the-art equipments can work together. Where wood is needed such as inside the “koji muro”/fermenting rice chamber, it is only the best that can be bought in Japan.
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Alcohol content, dryness and acidity are computer-measured.
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Yeasts are grown and kept in rooms and refrigerators sanitized to the extreme.
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Bottled sake is carefully stored inside their own completely refrigerated and isolated hangars.
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It is traditional grunt work when it comes to the preparation and fermentation of the rice.
As we happened to visit the kura when they were processing the last batch of honjozo rice, we were allowed to manually participate (briefly) and try our hand at working the rice loose before covering it again for further fermentation.
Tim would have felt at home among those young muscular bodies!
On the other hand Etsuko, Melinda and Jocelyn might have felt a bit aggrieved to learn that ladies are not allowed anywhere inside the premises, with the exception of Mrs. Teraoka serving tea to guests inside the office.
Even the great hearty food prepared by grandmother, mother and wife is taken inside by one of the youngest male kurabito.
An interesting and vital detail is that every kurabito/brewery staff, regardless of his age or seniority, has his own private room on the third store with a small lounge overlooking Suruga Bay.

Mr. Teraoka is also extremely passionate about his work. We spent no less than two and a half hours on the premises visiting, talking and tasting the latest brews not on sale yet!
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Such a long interview might also be explained by Mr. Teraoka’s soft soft spot for wines of my own country, France.
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He goes as far as to write the vintage of its best brews in French (with explanation!) and designing his own escutcheon/Arms!

My last impression before we took our leave, cradling precious junmai daiginjo (a “little” present!) in our arms?
I felt impressed, pleased and satisfied! And humbled…

ISOJIMAN Premium Sake Brewery Co., LTD
307, Iwashigashima, Yaizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, 425-0032 Japan
Tel.: (81)(0)54-628-2204
Fax: (81)(0)54-629-7129

Shizuoka Tasting 28-4: Watanabe Brewery

March 8, 2008


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And the series with Watanabe Brewery in Numazu City continues!

Watanabe Brewery/Bokusui Honjozo Genshu
Rice milled down to 70%
Alcohol: 16~17%
Bottled in January 2008

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Flowers, green melon, rape blossoms

Body: fluid and velvety

Taste: Alcohol impression not as strong as expected despite the genshu character. Easy to drink. Green fruit. Green melon. Short tail. Calls for the second sip which reveals offee beans.
Shows different facets with food.

Overall: Easy to drink. A sake designed for food. Surprisingly mild in spite of its high alcohol content.
Becomes easier and easier to drink with food.

2008 Shizuoka Ken Toji Kikizake Kenkyuukai

March 6, 2008


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On March 6th, I was invited for the second time to attend the very private Shizuoka Prefecture Master Brewers Tasting Research Meet (results will be made public on March 13th, but I will be away to New Caledonia for a week! I will publish them when I’m back!). The difference with last year when I was personally invited by Mr. Haruju Nakashima, Master Brewer at Yoshiya Brewery, Shizuoka City, was that I was officially invited this time by the Shizuoka Prefecture Brewers Association. That allowed me to attend their private lunch later in the company of only two other outsiders.
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I’m happy to say I’m no longer the “strange gaijin” since quite a few people know me as a real fan/lover of Shizuoka Sake and not some troublesome “critique”.
That certainly helped as I succeeded in making a grand schedule mistake which resulted in me being called by worried friends!
I only had the time to check one of my favourite brewers, namely Takashima Brewery, Numazu City (a bit unfair to the other breweries as I share some “judo history” with Mr. Takashima!), before joining the master brewers at their lunch.
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The Meet and Lunch were pretty stiff affairs at the beginning, but the event soon became very enjoyable after a few drinks. I could share some very informal (and pretty confidential) discussions with everyone and even make some grand plans.
For example, Etsuko might be interested to learn than Mr. Tsuchida, Master Brewer at Hana No Mai would be very happy to come to one of our Shizuoka Sake Tastings in Hamamatsu to introduce his Brewery’s nectars!

All in all, a great, if a bit short, moment which will prove very beneficial in my future relations with all the Breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture!