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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 4/9: Kumpai Brewery

February 9, 2009


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Kumpai Brewery is a minuscule kura run by father and son that nonetheless produces incredibly good sake for such a little volume. Melinda, Etsuko and Tim, who recently visited it will be reminded of a good time she shared together!

Kumpai Brewery: “Abe no Shizuku”, Junmai Ginjo Nama
Rice: Yamada Nishiki 11%, Biyama Nishiki 88%
Rice milled down to 50%
Dryness: -2 (very sweet for Shizuoka)
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in January 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Golden tinge
Aroma: Fresh and strong. Sweetish. Fruity: licorice, star anise, oranges
Body: Velvety
Taste: Soft attack backed up by pleasant alcohol.
Disappears quickly. Soft junmai tingle. Nama characteristics weaker than expected.
Fruity: Star anise, oranges, gum.
Very pleasant and easy to drink. Feminine.
Coffee beans making a late appearance with second sip.

Overall: Comparatively sweet for a Shizuoka sake, although very light, pleasant and fleeting.
Stands up very well to food.
Could definitely be appreciated chilled as an aperitif. or as a digestif at room temperature on its own.
Great with chocolate or blue cheese!

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

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 4/8: Kumpai Brewery

August 25, 2008


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Kumpai Brewery, a minuscule Kura in Shizuoka City, has recently drawn attention when it won a first prize in Nagoya last year. It is steadily coming up with more, if in small quantities, very select brews such as this one, which is a “Toubin kakoi/斗瓶囲い”, which was conceived for those very special tasting sessions.

Kunpai Brewery: “kunpai Tenka no Senshu”, Daiginjyou, Tobin Kakoi, Unfiltered, Unpasteurized, Genshu

Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 40%
Dryness: +2.5
Acidity: 1.4
Alcohol: 18 degrees
Bottled in April 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Fruity: melon. Hints of alcohol
Body: Velvety
Taste: Shortish tail. Smooth. Complex. Fruity: pineapple, vanilla, jelly gum.
Welcome alcohol. Turns quickly dry inside mouth after sweetish first impression.
Almonds appearing with food.

Overall: For all its concept as a session sake, it is eminently enjoyable with food.
Very complex, it would make for the perfect sake to sample in tasting parties.
Being a bit “macho” at times, heavy food would not adversely affect it.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 4-7: Kumpai Brewery

January 10, 2008


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Kumpai Brewery in Shizuoka City is in full swing again and produced their first shinshu/new sake in a jiffy! I grabbed one as soon as I saw it!

Kumpai Hatsu Shibori/Kura Ichiban no Shinshu/Tokubetsu Honjozo Nama
First Press/First Brewery New sake/Tokubetsu Honjozo Unpasteurized

Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +5.0
Bottled in December 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: light golden tinge

Aroma: light and fruity/pineapple, vanilla, banana

Body: Velvety

Taste: Nama and alcohol tingle. Very fruity: banana/almonds.
Lingers long and soft inmouth with a nice tingle.

Overall: Tasty and heady. The nama tingle is strong, making it a sake suited for food.
Very fruity. Becomes drier inside mouth after a while.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 4-6: Kumpai Brewery/Momiji

September 16, 2007

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This is the fourth bottle sampled by the Hamamatsu Geeks on September 14th:

Kumpai Momiji Junmai Ginjo Hiyaoroshi by Kumpai Brewery (Shizuoka City)

Rice: Biyama Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Dryness: +2
Bottled in September 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: ricey, flowers

Body: Fluid, light

Taste: Simple/ricey/fruits.

Overall: Great for beginners. Very easy to drink. Simple and refreshing approach. Can be drunk at all times of the day and night. Probably best on its own.