Posts Tagged ‘Izu Peninsula’

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Bandai Brewery-Junmai Ginjo Genshu Homare Fuji

March 5, 2012

Bandai Brewery is located in one of the most scenic cities of Shizuoka Prefecture, Izu Peninsula formerly called Shuzenji. The city has recently been included into a larger city called Izu City, but people and tourists certainly don’t mix the two when they say they are going to Shuzenji!
One can reach this city also famous for its hotsprings and Japanese inns by taking a local train from Mishima City.
When you go down at Shuzenji Station, don’t forget to visit the souvenir shop where you will find all the products of Bandai Brewery, including real wasabi shochu!

Bandai Brewery is one of the oldest breweries in the Prefecture and its history under other names can be traced back to the 16th Century!
Like most of the other sake breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture, it has started to use locally grown sake rice to ensure a stable output.

Rice: Homare Fuji 100% (grown in Shizuoka Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +3
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees (genshu: no water added)
Bottled in July 2010

Clarity: very clear
Colour: faint golden hue
Aroma: Strong and fruity: banana, vanilla, hints of pineapple
Body: fluid
Taste: Strongish attack with junmai petillant and a lot of fruit. Warms back of the palate. Well-rounded backed up by pleasant alcohol.
Complex: banana, gum-candy, almonds with memories of coffee beans later.
Softens with food to turn dry again on its own.
Almonds and banana tend to follow each other alternatively.

Overall: A sake you might as well drink chilled as it is quite sweet in spite of a +3 dryness level (quite dry by Shizuoka standards).
One of those sake you can pour over an ice-cream!
Very pleasant. Tends to get drier with food.
Would very well accompany blue cheese like a Port wine, or being drunk as a digestif!

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 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