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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!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting by The Tokyo Sake Meetup Group

March 3, 2008


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The Tokyo Sake Meetup Group, the new name for the former Tokyo Geeks met to taste loads of sake at Ichobee, Tokyo on March 1st.
See pictures of the event and read their report and activiies!
Among them were three offerings from Shizuoka Prefecture. They reached Tokyo with no labels to indicate what they were.
Here are the results from that Tasting Meet:

#1, #2, #3 (see introductions below comments):
Comments by Etsuko Nakamura
Mystery Sake from Shizuoka
Melinda brought these sake from Robert-Gilles. Robert-Gilles lives in Shizuoka and loves the area so much and his blog sites are all about Shizuoka including sake. I don’t know anyone who’s more dedicated to their hometown than him! To find out what the three bottles were, please visit Robert Gill’s blog at shizuokasake.wordpress.com.
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Votes: When the group was asked to pick their favorite out of three, this is the result.
5 votes for #1
3 votes for #2
5 votes for #3

My comments:
#1-light, ricey, smooth, tasty
#2- kind of thin like paper and finish quickly, sour, Jocelyn said ceder aroma, Naomi detected bamboo like aroma
#3-sweet, high in alcohol, firm, heavy, nice texture, my pick out of three

Those sake were a bit off the tracks compared to what I sent before, and some people might be surprised to learn what they are in fact!

#1
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Kansawagawa Brewery (Yui, Shizuoka City)
Futsushu/Regular Sake
Rice milled down to 70% (absolutely extravagant, but normal for Shizuoka

#2
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Sugii Brewery (Fujieda City)
Suginishiki, Junmai Taru Zake (limited edition for 2008 Spring)
Rice milled down to 60%

#3
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Shidaizumi Brewery (Fujieda City)
Shidaizumi Hiyaoroshi
Futsusyu/regular sake again but rice milled down to 65% (is there another word stronger than extravagant?)

Well, I understand they were a bit of posers, but tell me when you organize your next Meet and I will send you sake more in harmony with what you all brought!
Cheers! Kanpai! Sante!

Maboroshi Sake: Kuromai by Sugii Brewery

December 9, 2007

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Here is one sake I may never taste, hence the expression, “Maborおshi Sake”!

In 2000 Kinnosuke Sugii, the owner and Master brewer at Sugii Brewery (Suginishiki) in Fujieda City, came up with one of his annual creations: Kodaimai Kurozake (Ancient Rice, Black sake) Honjozo.
At this time my good friend Takahiro Nagashima of Nagashima Saketen in Shizuoka City acquired two bottles of this very limited one-time only brew and decided to let them mature for a s long as possible. He drunk the first bottle last year and found supremely good.
Yesterday, December 6th, he showed me the second bottle he hoped to let mature some more time and allowed me to take a picture for posterity.
He promised me he would invite me when he decides to finally open it!
A sort article for a long wait….
I might as well as grab Mr. Sugii’s next creation for my own cellar!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 25-1: Bandai Brewery

December 9, 2007

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I have wanted for some time already to taste and find out about a “kuromai/black rice sake”. I was finally able to acquire a bottle during my last trip to Shuzenji in Izu Peninsula.
the sake is called Kuromai Yondai Shikomi Seishu and is brewed by Bandai Brewery.

Rice: kuromai
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Seishu/futsu sake

Clarity: very clear

Color: persimmon orange

Aroma: light, ricey, malt

Body: fluid

Taste: sharpish and tingling. Dry, almost like a shochu/whisky. Malty taste. Dry persimmons.
Gets easier to drink with the next sip.

Overall: A very dry sake, vey macho.
Might be best drunk as “kan/warm”. Goes down well with oily foods as it turns a little sweeter in palate.
Acquired taste?

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December 9, 2007

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On Thursday November 29th I joined my better (worse?) half on a day-trip to Shuzenji, the home of Bandai Brewery. In 2003 the latter acquired the defunct Toyoo Brewery made famous by its brand name, Kikugenji.
But apparently, this particular brand name ownership was not part of the deal.
As we walked around the small scenic tourist resort under the colour-changing maple trees I noticed the name Kikugenji on the overheard board of a liquor shop called Amanoya.
Funny, I thought. I decided to investigate. The owner appeared soon enough and confirmed the demise of the brewery (I mentioned the name of Kikugenji, not that of the brewery, playing the foolish foreigner…sorry!). But when I asked whether he still sold the brand since it was written on his board and galss door, he gave me an affirmative response and started getting a bottle out of his refrigerator.
I stopped him short, explaining I did not nderstand why he was still selling the brand though the Brewery had disappeared.
“But this sake is made in Nada area. Before being absorbed, Toyoo Brewery had opened a branch in Nada and sold its name to a Nada brewer.”
Ah, ah… I apologized, saying I was only interested in buying real local sake. I cannot say the man looked happy sas I left the liquor shop.
On my way down to the bus station I noticed a big sign outside a local izakaya advertizing Kikugenji.
The vey next day, I was able to confirm my suspicions when I met Denbei Kawamura on the trainon my to university. The gentleman happens to work in the same city as I.
The end result ia that a Nada Brewer is still able to sell its wares through an acquired brand in a faraway city taking advantage of the original defunct Brewery’s good name (with the apparent agreement of the said Brewery).
I was in for another disappointing revelation when I discovered that Hiraki Co. was distributing Bandai Brewery’s sake in Izu Peninsula…

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.