Posts Tagged ‘Numazu City’

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Takashima Brewery-Hakuin Masamune Tokubetsu Junmai (conducted at la Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

July 9, 2016

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I don’t mind repeating it all the time but I prefer conducting sake tastings in the right environment but not many places are propitious for that exercise or willing to help.
But La Sommeliere in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City is certainly becoming a habit as not only I can conduct my tasting in the best conditions possible but also exchange views at the same time!

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This time we tasted a nectar concocted by Takashima Brewery in Numazu City!
Hakuin Masamune Tokubetsu junmai!

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Rice: Homarefuji (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in June 2016

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Clarity: very clear
Color: light golden hue
Aroma: dry and fruity. Custrad, banana, dry passion fruit, gardenia jasmin, almonds, immature persimmon
Body: fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: dry and very fruity attack with only a little junmai petillant.
Complex: dark chocolate, coffee beans, almonds.
Lingers for a while before departing on drier notes of almonds an apricots.
Oranges perk up with rise in temperature.

Overall: dry but so elegant!
Drinks more like a complex white wine than a sake!
Tends to show new facets according to its temperature.
Almost tropical aroma.
Can be enjoyed with any food. Chilled, would make a supreme aperitif while becoming a soft digestif at room temperature.

Suggested pairings: Chilled-Aquapaza, flatfish or cuttle fish sashimi (seasoned with salt, not soy sauce!), sakamushi, chawanmushi, scallops.
At room temperature-yakitori (seasoned with salt, not soy sauce!)

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00, 12:00~18:00 on Sundays & National Holidays
FACEBOOK (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Takashima Brewery-Hakuin Masamune Junmai Homarefuji “Mount Fuji Day”

May 25, 2016

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On Sunday May 22nd, I had the occasion to taste again a nectar by a favorite brewery of mine, Takashima Brewery in Numazu City, at a great izakaya in Shizuoka City, Kin no Okan, which took part in the annual Shizuoka De Hashigo Sake event!

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This particular brand is created every year to be bottled on March 22nd which Mount Fuji Day!
It is a junmai made with a Shizuoka-grown sake rice called Homarefuji!

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Rice: Homarefuji (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: + 3~+ 4
Acidity: 1.3~1.4
Alcohol: 16 degrees
Bottled on March 22nd=23rd, 2016

Clarity: very clear
Color: almost transparent
Tasted as “nurukan” according to Takashima Brewery’s wish
Aroma: light and discreet. Pineapple, banana.
Body: fluid
Taste: strong, dry and fruity attack backed with puissant junmai petillant
Complex: banana, melon, faint lemon.
Lingers for a while on the palate before departing on drier notes of pineapple.
Varies little food but for a drier note.
Very easy and enjoyable to drink as it invites to the next cup and the next one!

Overall: another splendid sake especially suited for “nurukan/about 40 degrees temperature”!
It would useful to know that Takashima Brewery produces only junmai-type sake these days!
A sake to enjoy with higher-class izakaya cuisine!
Suggested pairings: BBQ, kusaya, sausages, yakitori.

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Takashima Brewery-Hakuin Masamune Yamahai Junmai

February 22, 2015

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I felt it was about grand time I tasted this year’s Yamahai Junmai by Takashima Brewery in Numazu City as it is increasingly being recognized all over Japan!

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A great place to taste such a nectar is A Votre Sante in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Cha Machi, not nly because you can buy and taste it on site by the glass but also combine it with a superb cheese such as the Sakura, a splendid raw cow’s milk cheese created in Hokkaido!

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kazutaka Takashima/高嶋一孝, a 34-year old brew master is steadily becoming the focus of many sake pundits all over Japan as witnessed by his regular appearances in top magazine, and the name “Hakuin Masamune/白隠正宗” has become a must in sake tasting events! When it comes to Yamahai he is simply heads and shoulders above everyone thanks to passionate research and incredible dedication.

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Rice: Ginfukuyuki/吟吹雪
Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Yeast: Shizuoka NEW-5
Dryness: + 3
Acidity: 1.5
Bottled in February 2015

Clarity: very clear
Color: light golden hue
Aroma: assertive and fruity. Cherries, marshmallow, macadamia nuts
Body: fluid
Taste: well-rounded and Very fruity attack backed up with puissant junmai petillant.
Complex. Macadamia nuts, almonds, dark chocolate, dark cherries.
Lingers only for a while before departing with more nuts, custard and dry milk coffee.
Varies little with food but for a sweeter note with more milk coffee.
The dark cherries tend to make an insistent comeback with every sip.

Overall: A superb sake in spite/or because of its yamahai status.
Very complex with ever-changing facets. Will stump many a sake sommelier!
Eminently enjoyable on its own, although I have to confess it will become difficult to eat cheese without it!
The perfect present for a sake lover away from Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Takashima Brewery-Hakuin Masamune Karakuchi Junmai

December 7, 2014

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These days Takashima Brewery is receiving a lot of accolades from all over Japan for its top-class premium sake, but I also have a weakness for their more humble brews!

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One of them is simply called “karakuchi/dry junmai”, but it worth all its (low9 price!

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Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 15 degrees
Bottled in October 2014

Clarity: very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: dry and fruity. Almonds, macadamia nuts, oranges, walnuts
Body: fluid
Taste: very dry and fruity attack with only a little junmai petillant.
Complex: Almonds, walnuts, chestnuts with hints of oranges.
Lingers for while with a dry, fruity and pleasant finish.
Stays dry all the time. New facets appear with the second sip: dark chocolate, more nuts.
Varies little with food. Stays faithful to the first impression even with heavy food.

Overall: Obviously a sake devised to marry with heavy food, especially izakaya fare. Actually ehances the food.
Nonetheless eminently eminently enjoyable on its own. I would definitely drink it all evening and night, although this might turn up into a dangerous proposition.
A sake for all seasons, especially for dry sake lovers!
Don’t get fooled by its seemingly humbleness!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Takashima Brewery-Hakuin Masamune Yamahai Junmai Hiyaoroshi Genshu

September 12, 2014

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I finally had the chance to taste an old favorite of mine by Takashima Brewery in Numazu City.
Owner/Master Brewer Kazutaka Takashima uses this label to advertise the fact that Shizuoka Prefecture produces the greatest number of natural edible seaweed in Japan!

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This time I conducted this tasting at A Votre Sante Wine, Sake and multi store shop in Aoi Ku, Shozuoka City!

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As it is a standing bar it is the perfect place for a tasting!
The brew made for another long name!
Hakuin Masamune Yamahai Junmai (No pure alcohol blended in) Hiyaoroshi (pasteurized only once) Genshu (No water blended in)!

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Rice: Ginfubuki
Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Dryness: +6
Acidity: 1.5
Bottled in Septmebr 2014

Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: Fruity and assertive. Pears, custard
Body: fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: very assertive and fruity attack backed up with puissant junmai petillant and beautiful alcohol.
Deep and complex.
Coffee beans, dark chocolate.
Lingers on for a while warming up the palate before leaving on a drier and even deeper note with strong hints of roasted coffee beans.
Tends to show more facets with following sips.

Overall: I didn’t taste this sake with any food, and it is probably for the best.
A great sake with a character rarely found in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Makes for the perfect aperitif, but I suspect it would really enjoyable with cheese or pork meats!
Would definitely perform better than many vaunted wines.
A discovery!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Takashima Brewery-Hakuin Masamune Tokubetsu Junmai Homarefuji

June 9, 2014

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Back to one of my favorite sake breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture:
Takashima Brewery in Numazu City!

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Actually I made a mistake on Facebook when I first announced I was preparing myself to drink it and Owner Brew Master Kazutaka Takashima was all around my neck. A figure of speech as he holds a judo 5th dan black belt!

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Would you believe it obtained a top accolade in Japan as a sake one should enjoy in a wine glass?
Incredible!

Rice: Homarefuji (Shizuoka-grown)
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +3
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in April 2014

Clarity: Very c;ear
Color: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Dry and fruity. Bananas
Body: Fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: Sweetish and fruity attack backed by puissant junmai petillant.
Complex. banana, nuts.
Disappears fairly quickly on a drier notes with hints of coffee beans, almonds, dark chocolate, cherries and oranges.
Take a drier turn with food with the appearance of chestnuts and ranges.
Marries superbly with food.

Overall: A splendid sake to enjoy with meals. Very complex. Contributes facets to the dishes shared with it.
I personally enjoyed most at room temperature, although it would make for a splendid aperitif if chilled.
But being what I am I would drink it with cheese or chocolate!
bring it to a impress everyone!

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Shizuoka sake Tasting: Takashima Brewery-Hakuin Masamune Junmai Genshu

February 2, 2014

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Winter is the season for strong genshu sake and Takashima Brewery in Numazu City is certainly no exception!
At least they keep the names short there! LOL

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Rice: Aichi no kaori
Rice milled down to 65%
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast NEW-5
Alcohol: 17 degrees
Dryness: + 5
Acidity: 1.6
Bottled in Decmebr 2013

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Golden hue
Aroma: Dry, fruity. Pears, custard, alcohol
Body: Fluid
Taste: Very fruity attack backed up with junmai petillant
Easy to drink in spite of high alcohol contents.
Complex: dry custard, chestnuts.
Disappears fairly quickly.
Changes little with food but for a deeper alcohol impression and appearance of oranges.
Sweetness/dryness tends to fluctuate inside the palate.

Overall: Very intriguing junmai genshu.
Superbly marries with food, especially izakaya heavy fare and oden.
Very pleasant to drink in spite of high alcohol contents.
Another solid and so reliable sake so typical of Takashima Brewery’s savoir-faire!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Takashima Brewery-Hakuin Masamune, Fujisan No Hi

March 5, 2012

The actual and very long name for their sake is:
Takashima Brewery, Hakuin Masamune, Heisei Nijusannen (2011), Fujisan No Hi (Mount Fuji Day), Asashibori (pressed in the morning), Homare Fuji (rice variety), Junmai (no alcohol added), Genshu (no water added), Origarami (natural pressing)!

Takashima Brewery has always been keen to create limited brews for local events and this particular one was not only made with Shizuoka-grown sake rice but also for Mount Fuji Day!

Rice: Homare Fuji 100%
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Pressed on February 23rd, 2011

Clarity: very clear
Color: Transparent if not stirred as it contains white lees
Aroma: Sweetish, custard, banana. Very pleasant
Body: fluid, light
Taste: Sweetish attack. Complex. Welcome alcohol. Turns dry later.
Lighter but deeper than expected.
Pineapple, macadamia nuts, custard, dry almonds.
Lingers only a little with a very dry note.
Changes little with food. Especially great with fresh vegetables.
Junmai and white lees (sake kasu) very present for some extra impressions.

Overall: A very interesting sake with a more complex taste than expected.
Light enough in spite of its high alcohol content.
A sake that should please true sake lovers in search of unusual brews!

Must-see tasting websites:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 10/7: Takashima Brewery

December 19, 2008


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Kazutaka Takashima is a maverick masterbrewer and owner in a maverick sake-brewering Prefecture. Aged only 31, he took over his father’s brewery 3 years ago, hired a new brewmaster from Iwate Prefecture (Nanbu School) and finally started brewing his own sake this year. Built like a barrel (he holds a fifth dan in judo!), he is nevertheless a very affable if passionate brewer.
When I interviewed him last year, he confided me he was planning to create sake exclusively from Shizuoka Prefecture ingredients. The fact that his brewery stands at the foot of Mount Fuji in Numazu City within convenient distance of Suntoh Gun will explain why he held his promise as you will discover in the following posting.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce my new tasting friend, Jen from Boston, to the “World Sake Blogging Club” represented by Melinda, Etsuko and Tim!

Takashima Brewery: Hakuin Masamune Junmai (no alcohol added), Nama (unpasteurized) Genshu (unaltered), Sunto gun Yamadanishiki Rice

Rice: Shizuoka Yamada Nishiki strain grown in Suntoh Gun
Rice milled down to 65%
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast NEW-5
Water: from own well dug at the foot of Mount Fuji
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Dryness: +5
Acidity: 1.7
Bottled: December 2008

Clarity: Very clear.
Colour: Light golden tinge.
Aroma: Pleasing and very fruity: bananas, vanilla.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Strong alcohol attack backed up by junmai tingle.
Shortish tail. Warms up back of the palate and throat.
Complex and fruity: bananas, vanilla, almonds. Coffee beans appearing with second sip.
Turns dry with food with bitter chocolate and almonds coming out.
Makes a somewhat sweet exit.

Overall: A surprisingly elegant for such a strong sake.
Sublime with food.
Always entices for another cup.
Another discovery!

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%)!

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.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 28-3: Watanabe Brewery

March 4, 2008


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Watanabe Brewery must be the smallest one in Shizuka Prefecture tucked away from anywhere in Numazu City. I can tell you it is not easy to find their brews even near Numazu City. But I made good provision when I visited them and can appreciate them in all tranquility back home!

Watanabe Brewery/Izu no Umi Ginjo
Alcohol: 15~16%
Bottled in January 2008

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Body: velvety

Aroma: Fruity and sharpish: bananas, pineapple

Body: velvety

Taste: Fruity with good alcohol backup. Pineapple, vanilla, bananas. Short tail.
Alcohol impression stays strong with second sip.
Acidity revealed later with almonds, bitter chocolate and coffee beans.
Pleasant and esay to drink. Turns dry on palate.

Overall: Easy to drink sake fit for food. Does not vary much with food intake.
Fruity at first. Tends to turn dry quickly.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 10-4: Takashima-Hakuin Masamune Brewery

February 14, 2008


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I must confess I have not been able to survey Takashima Brewery’s sake as much as other breweries as it is located far in the east in Numazu City, but it never fails to surprise me. Every year seems to witness further progress in qulaity and originality!

The latest is quite a nectar:
Hakuin Masamune Dai Ginjo
Rice: Yamada Nishiki from Hyogo Prefecture
Rice milled down to 40%
Yeast: Shizuoka NEW-5
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees (pretty high)
Bottled in September 2007

Clarity: Very clear

Colour: light golden tinge

Aroma: Elegant. Fruity/Flowers: bananas, vanilla, pineapple, gardenias

Body: velvety

Taste: Elegant, refined. Fruity: vanilla, bananas, pineapple. Nice alcohol tingle revealed from second sip. Bananas lingering on palate.
Bitter chocolate and almonds appearing with food.

Overall: Eminently drinkable with food. Elegant, feminine. Calling for another sip. Almost tastes like a liqueur. A memorable discovery!

Shizuoka Tasting 28-2: Watanabe Brewery

January 30, 2008


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I’ve started tasting through the range of brews concocted by this very small brewery in Numazu City. And the best way is to drink with dinner at home (while my better half is drinking wine!). This bottle probably sports the most traditional Japanese label picture in this picture with Mount Fuji and pine trees.

It is a futsushu/”normal sake”, but absolutely extravagant for its kind.

Watanabe Brewery/Fuji no Tago
Rice milled down to 70% (!)

Clarity: very clear

Colour: light golden tinge

Aroma: Fleeting/dry fruit

Body: velvety

Taste: Dry fruit/dried persimmons/Almonds/Plums/dried apricots
Starts sweet to quickly tail off drier.
Shows different facets with food. Short tail.

Overall: As stated before, untypical sake for Shizuoka Prefecture.
Goes down very well with food.
Can be appreciated at all temperatures, although best at room temperature in my own view. Almonds taste increase with food.
Easy to drink.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 28-1: Watanabe Brewery

January 12, 2008


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Watanabe Brewery must be the smallest one in Shizuoka Prefecture. It a father-and-son brewery cum liquor shop business and practically serve their sake only locally. I had to travel all the way to Katahama, Numazu City to acquire three bootles. I was kindly offered the present bottle for my trouble so I made a point to taste it first!

Watanabe Brewery Kasei Bokusui Honnama
Bottled in December 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Ricey. Sharp and dry. Dry cherries.

Body: fluid

Taste: Unusual taste for a Shizuoka sake. Very dry/Crisp-sharpish/ Almonds/Cherries.
Both sweetness and acidity lingering in mouth

Overall: An old-fashioned sake. Very marked dry taste. Would probably go well with oily/heavy food. Not the usual Shizuoka type sake. Tends to acquire more dryness and acidity along.
Interestingly enough, my wife liked it and made the comment that it would be great with “surume/dried cuttlefish”!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 10-3: Takashima/Hakuin Masamune Brewery

January 6, 2008


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Takashima Brewery in Numazu City has decidedly become one of my favourites as it never ceases to surprise me with its marked individuality and intricacy.
This brew is no exception.

Takashima-Hakuin Masamune Tokubetsu Junmai Nama Genshu

Rice: Gohyakumangoku
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: +1
Acidity: 1.7
Alcohol: 17~18%
Bottled in December 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Fruity, pleasant, melon, oranges.

Body: velvety

Taste: Complex. Fruity: citrus/melon. Backed later with oranges and a little bitter chocolate and dry cherries.
Dryness lingering in mouth. Takes a back seat with food and actually encourages it. Turns slightly sweet.

Overall: Complex, intriguing, classy.
Solid but gentle taste. Develops into oranges, lemons and citruses inside mouth.
A sake which shouild be drunk for itr sole enjoyment. Calls for another sip. Great with food.
Would compete with any wine!