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International Shizuoka Sake Lovers Tasting (1)

May 5, 2008


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The “International Shizuoka Sake Lovers” held their first Tasting Session organized in Hamamatsu City on April 30 the 30th by Matthew Ryan and Robert-Gilles Martineau.
We decide to call ourselves such to unify all the budding groups in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Kakegawa and other cities for the sake (sorry for the pun!) of convenience. We also opted to concentrate on a single different Bewery each time to enable our friends to learn all about the Shizuoka Breweries in a more efficient manner.

This first session introduced brews by Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery in Hamamatsu City.


Name: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Shusseijo Tokubetsu Junmai

Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast
Bottled: March 2008
Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Alcohol/Almonds/Light/Floral.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail, but warming/Fruity: almonds/Almost sweet. Turns sweeter with food.

Overall: Solid sake. Goes well with any food.


Name: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Junmai Ginjo

Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15=16 degrees
Botteld: March 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Almonds/Floral/Light
Body: Velvety
Taste: Almonds/Light junmai tingle/Turns sweeter and solid with food. Shortish tail.

Comments: A sake designed for food. Adapts itself to any food. Seems to be a common character from this brewery


Name: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Shusseijo Ginjo Nama

Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled: April 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Almonds/Nama characteristics
Body: Velvety
Taste: Alcohol/Almonds, nuts, melon, bananas/Light tingle. Turns sweeter with food.

Overall: Sold sake. Goes down so well with food. Will actually improve with food!


Name: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Junmai Ginjo Muroka (Unfifiltered) Nama Genshu/As it comes out!

Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled dwon to 50%
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
Bottled: 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Alcohol/Fruity, melon/Dry/”Comes from a distance”
Body: Velvety
Taste: Complex, fruity, pineapple. Spreads further from a short tail.

Overall: Drunk best on its own. Session sake. Elegant. Lots of character!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 22-1: Negami-Kinmei Brewery

November 13, 2007

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Fukakusen Junmai Daiginjo by negami Brewery in Gotenba City was the third bottle tasted by the Hamamatsu Geeks on November 2nd.

Fukakusen Junmai DaiGinjo
Rice milled down to 45%
Alcohol: 16 degrees (genshu)
Bottled in September 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Strong, fruity, ricey

Body: velvety

Taste: Junmai tingle, fruity, complex, bananas. Bitter Chocolate. Lingers on.

Overall: A great sake for great food.
Should be appreciated at a well-thought meal.
Very popular with gentlemen at tasting party.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 3-3: Doi Brewery

November 13, 2007

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Kaiun Ha Junmai Ginjo by Doi Brewery, Kakegawa City, wasthe second brew tasted by the Hamamatsu Geeks on November 2nd:

Kaiun Ha Junmai Ginjo
Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100% (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 40%
Dryness: 6.0
Acidity: 1.3
Limited edition: 600 bottles
Bottled in May 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Light, fruity

Body: soft. Velvety to fluid

Taste: Delicate, fruity. elegant. Almonds/Bitter chocolate

Overall: Very elgant and discreet. Complex. Suited for ladies especially.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 6-5: Oomuraya Brewery

November 13, 2007

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“Umaikena” Daiginjo by Oomuraya/Wakatake brewery, Shimada City, was the firts bottle tasted on November 2nd.

Umaikena Daiginjo

Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 40%
Dryness: 1.4
Acidity: 1.2
Amino acids: 1.0
Shizuoka Yeast
Bottled in October 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent
Aroma: Light, fruity, complex

Body: Velvety

Taste: Complex, buts soft and light. Fruity. Bananas.

Overall: Typical Shizuoka Sake. Elegant. Tends to change with food.
Ladies at the tasting session particularly liked it

Tasting by Hamamatsu Geeks (3)

November 13, 2007

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On November 2nd, thanks to the good offices of Matthew Ryan, the Hamamatsu Geeks held their third tasting session.
Matt, and his friend Stephen have redecorated a house inherited by their common Japanese friend, “”Suzi”, a local artist, into an extremely original locale to hold all kind of events and parties, cultural, artistic or gastronomic.

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It is beginning to attract a crowd of officionados of all genres and origins, including a new expat sake fan, Jack Ryan. The Japanese fans are becoming patrons and bring new faces every time.

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On that particular day, I had brought 3 very brews different from Kakegawa City (Kaihun-Ha, Junmai Ginjo), Shimada City (Oomuraya, Daiginjo) and Gotenba City (Kinmei, Junmai Daiginjo). See coming postings for reports!

Everyone was very keen to learn and taste as usual, but evrey session witnesses more dedication, and before long they will come with more difficult questions and requests, I’m sure!

The next session has been tentaively scheduled on the first Friday of February. Look forward for the latest Shizuoka Breweries’ jizake!