Posts Tagged ‘Okabe-cho’

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Hatsukame Brewery-Daiginjo Genshu “Ai”!

January 29, 2017

haysukame-ai-1

The other day I had the rare pleasure to visit again Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe Cho, Shizuoka City in the company of a professional farmer consultant from the USA!
Hatsukame Brewery has a special place in my heart for many reasons: it is the oldest single family-owned Sake brewery In Shizuoka City for more than 380 years!
Interestingly enough it used to be located in the very center of Sumpu City (the old name of Shizuoka City) before moving to its present location during the Meiji Era!
I must admit a special treatment has always been offered to me and my visiting friends and I dare not reveal what presents and services I have been granted there!

haysukame-ai-3

This Daiginjo Genshu (no water blended in) called “Ai” (“Love”) was brewed before Hatsukame Brewery switched from Noto Master brewer to a young talented one from the Nanbu School in Iwate Prefecture!

Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 45%
Dryness: +3~+4
Acidity: 1.0 (low by Shizuoka standards)
Alcohol: 17 degrees
Bottled in March 2016

Clarity: very clear
Color: light golden hue
Aroma: dry and fruity. Strawberries
Body: fluid, almost sirupy
Tasting: dry, smooth, deep and very fruity attack.
Complex: strawberries, dark cherries.
Lingers for a while before departing on more fruity notes of strawberries.
Very pleasant alcohol all the way through, warming back of the palate.
Turns drier with food with liquorice and mandarines making a late appearance.

Overall: elegant and extravagant sake very much in the tradition of Hatsukame Brewery!
Very smooth in spite of its high alcohol contents.
Continuously entices to the next cup.
At its best on its own slightly chilled, although marries very gracefully with almost any cuisine.
Gentlemen will fight for it, but ladies need not worry about the high alcohol contents!
Makes for the perfect digestif in special company!
Recommended pairings: terrines, dry cured ham, cheese, smoked duck.

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
rre.Cuisine
, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Advertisements

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 11/11: Hatsukame Brewery

March 2, 2009


Les meilleurs actualités issues des blogs

The Japan Blog List

Please check Shizuoka Gourmet Blog for all the gastronomy in Shizuoka Prefecture!
————————————————–

kame-maru-09

Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe Cho has a new young Masterbrewer of the Noto School after the retirement of his predecessor, of the Noto School too. Not only this new toji is good, he also happens to be comparatively young and eligible. I shan’t be surprised if he married one of the owner’s three daughters soon!

Hatsukame Brewery: “Kame Maru” Junmai Ginjo Nama (unpasteurized)
Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture) 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: +0 (sweet by Shizuoka standards)
Acidity: 1.4
Bottled in January 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Powerful and sweet. Complex and fruity: banana, vanilla, pineapple, cherries, kumquat.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Well-rounded attack. Shortish tail. Junmai and nama combine into a pleasant tingle in the back of the mouth.
Fruity: bananas, almonds.
Sweetish at first. Ends up with pleasant dry finish.
Stands well to food.

Overall: Typical sake from Hatsukame Brewery.
Sweetish for shizuoka. Very nice and complex.
The type of sake you can drink chilled, or at room temperature with food.
Very elegant in spite of its sweetness.
Calls for another sip!

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

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 11/10: Hatsukame Brewery

November 12, 2008


Les meilleurs actualités issues des blogs

The Japan Blog List

Please check Shizuoka Gourmet Blog for all the gastronomy in Shizuoka Prefecture!

————————————————–

hatsu-gohyaku

I’ve always entertained a special love for Hatsukame Brewery’s creations and quaint retro labels.
They have the healthy habit of regularly coming up with new experiments, proving their courage in these gloomy economic times!
Incidentally, the Brewery will have to change its address soon as Okabe Cho will become part of Fujieda City soon!

Hatsukame Brewery: Junmai Ginjo Kamemaru

Rice: Hyakumagoku 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Dryness:0
Acidity: 1.5
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in October 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Fruity, liquorice, gum jelly
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail. Smooth attack. Fruity. Complex. Sweetish. Liquorice, coffee beans, bitter chocolate.
Turns drier later with almonds, bananas and coffee beans making an appearance.

Overall: Complex sake fit for both drinking on its own and enjoying it with food.
A lot of character. Typical of this brewery.
Dry in spite of the indicated 0 dryness.
Very enjoyable. Great sake to explore!
Lovely retro label!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 11/9: Hatsukame Brewery

August 19, 2008


Les meilleurs actualités issues des blogs

The Japan Blog List

Please check Shizuoka Gourmet Blog for all the gastronomy in Shizuoka Prefecture!

————————————————–

It’s been some time since I tasted a brew from this old favourite brewery of mine, namely Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe Cho.
This bottle will remind Etsuko that she has been wanting to check that “Tortoise”!

Hatsukame Brewery: Ginjo 500

Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Dryness: +3
Acidity: 1.1 (very low)
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Contents: 500ml (hence the name!)
Bottled in March 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Fruity: almonds, banana. Alcohol
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail. Welcome alcohol. Almonds. bitter chocolate, bananas, coffee beans.
Smooth and elegant with alcohol warming up back of the palate.

Overall: Typical Hatsukame Brewery sake.
Refined, elegant, plenty of character.
Great on its own and with food.
Could replace any wine!

Tasting 11-5: Hatsukame Brewery

November 21, 2007

Please check Shizuoka Gourmet Blog for all the gastronomy in Shizuoka Prefecture!

————————————————–
酒ブログ(日本語)
————————————————–

sugimoto-n11.jpg

This is the third Shizuoka I tasted at Sugimoto on November 16th, 2007

Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe Cho, Shida Gun, has the invaluable habit to come with all kinds of surprises and beauties and this particular sake is certainly no exception!

Tomizoo Junmai Ginjo

Rice: Hyogo Prefecture Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Dryness: +3.0
Acidity: 1.4
Yeast: No 14

Clarity: very clear

Colour: golden tinge

Aroma: Discreet, sweet, fruity. Anise

Body: Velvety~fluid

Taste: Junmai tingle. Fruity: bananas, pears, melon.
Welcome acidity. Drinks like a “fleeting lover”!

Overall: Supremely elegant. feminine? Probably, although I would be hard put to explain. A sake you cannot remember fully but that you cannot forget!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 11-3: Hatsukame Brewery

September 16, 2007

Please check Shizuoka Gourmet Blog for all the gastronomy in Shizuoka Prefecture!

————————————————–
酒ブログ(日本語)
————————————————–

hatsukame-hon.jpg

This was the first bottle sampled by the Hamamatsu Geeks on September 14th. Notice the great retro label design!:
Hatsukame Honjozo (Hatsukame Brewery-Okabe Cho, Shida Gun)
Although a Honjozo, the rice was milled down to an extravagant 60%!
Dryness: 1
Acidity: 1.4
Bottled in February 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Ricey, light

Body: smooth
Taste: dry in spite of the 1.0 grading. Very light alcohol tingle. Vanilla, Coffee. Welcome acidity refreshingly lingering on the palate.

Overall: very light, almost feminine.
The alcohol adds complexity long enough in the palate fro reflection.
Easy to drink at any time of the day. Best on its own.