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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Hatsukame Brewery-Akiagari Honjozo Genshu

September 25, 2014

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Although cheaper than a junmai/sake not blended with pure rice alcohol, the blending of a honjozo is actually no easy matter. And it is even rare to find it in its genshu state, that is blended with pure water to lower the alcohol level!

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These days Hatsukame Brewery puts a small red circle called “maru” in memory of a beloved cat of the same name!

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Rice: oyama Nishiki + Gohaykumangoku
Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
Dryness: + 2.0
Acidity: 1.75
Bottled in September 2014

Clarity: very clear
Color: transparent
Aroma: assertive. Pears, alcohol, green apples
Body: fluid
Taste: very dry and fruity attack backed by beautiful acidity.
After a strong alcohol appearance subtly slides onto a sweet and fruity note.
Very elegant for a honjozo.
Complex: pears, green apples.
Varies little with food.

Overall: Would make for a superb aperitif but actually marries beautifully with any food, including meat and heavy izakaya fare.
For lovers of strong but subtle sake!

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
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, 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

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Hatsukame Brewery-Goku Ginjo Hyogetsu

January 11, 2014

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Hyogetsu is brand by Hatsukame Brwery in Okabe, Fujieda City, which have been known practically all over the world from the day its bottle recived the Best Bottle Design Award!

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Even the case is a beauty!

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Great stopper!

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Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Preefcture9
Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: + 3.0
Acidity: 1.35
Yeast: 1801 KA-1
Bottled in September 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Elegant. Pears, nashi
Body: Fluid
Taste: Well-rounded attack backed by a discreet junmai petillant
Dry and fruity. Pears, bananas.
Lingers for a while with dry dark choclate, almonds.
very complex, almost mysterious.
Very satisfying and so easy to drink.
Changes little with food but for a drier turn with the appearance of very dry oranges.
Beautifully marries with food, especially light fare.
Tends to show new facets with next sip, with or away from food.

Overall: Best enjoyed slightly chilled and on its own although it combines so well with food.
Thoroughly enjoyable any time of the day and night, by yourself or with great company!
A superb present for a very important one!

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, Pierre.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

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 11/12: Hatsukame Brewery

November 10, 2009


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Hatsukame Brewery is the oldest one in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Originally founded in Shizuoka City in the first half of the 17th Century, it moved to its present location in Okabe between Shizuoka City and Yaizu City during the Meiji Era.
It has also becomethe repository of sake history in Shizuoka Prefecture,thanks to its present owner, an ardent archivist!

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Honjozo, Muroka (unfiltered), Nama (unpasteurized), Genshu (unaltered)

Rice milled down to 63%
Dryness: +6.0
Acidity: 1.7
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
Bottled on March 5th, 2009

Clarity: very clear
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Strong, sweetish, fruity, bananas
Body: velevety
Taste: Strong attack. Complex. Shortish tail.
Nice alcohol influence. Dry and fruity: banana, coffee beans, pineapple.
Turns drier with food.
Take a trun for a dry road with the second glass with almonds and more coffee beans.

Overall: A strong and complex sake, which takes you by surprise.
Great with any food!

RECOMMENDED RELATED 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
Warren Bobrow
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 11-8: Hatsukame Brewery

March 27, 2008


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This particular brew, Okabe Maru by Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe Cho, Shida Gun, has recently become very popular with ladies and has turned into a regular feature at numerous “Saketen”!
I just love the retro label!
This was the first bottle tasted at by the Hamamatsu Geeks on March 21st.

Hatsukame Okabe Maru, Junmai, Homare Fuji
Rice: Homare Fuji (Shizuoka)
Rice milled down to 55% (extravagant!)
Alcohol: 16~17% (high)
Dryness: +2.0 (high for Shizuoka)
Acidity: 1.3

Clarity: very clear

Colour: Golden Tinge

Aroma: Fruity, spicy. alcohol. pineapple.

Body: Velvety

Taste: Fruity with a strong junmai tingle: almonds, chestnuts, pineapple.
Short tail, calls for a second sip. Welcome acidity with second sip.
Bitter choclate appears on the palate.

Overall: A bit extravagant junmai at 55% millage!
Drinks very easily on its own. Probably best appreciated as a classy aperitif.
Goes well with food.
A complex, elegant sake.
Interestingly enough, ladies found it sweetish.

Shizuoka Tasting 11-7: Hatsukame Brewery

March 21, 2008


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This particular brew by Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe Cho, Shida Gun is put out every year in the first week of March as a very limited edition to be drunk as soon as possible. It is impatiently waited by many local sake fans, izakaya and restaurants.

Hatsukame Shiboritate Namazake Muroka Honjyozo Genshu
(Just pressed, unaltered and unfiltered after alcohol addition)
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +1
Acidity: 1.5
Bottled on March 6th 2008

Clarity: very clear

Colour: Golden tinge

Aroma: fruity, sweet, alcohol, pineapple, apricot

Body: velvety

Taste: Fruity, pineapple, peach, apricot.
Strong alcohol and nama tingle. Welcome acidity with almonds appearing later, especially with food.

Overall: Unusually “sweet” for a Shizuoka Sake.
Can be drunk for its own sake, but goes down very well with food.
Complex, fruity, strong.
Shows many facets with further sips. Could be drunk as a digestif after a meal.
Interestingly enough, the Master Brewerrequests this sake to be drunk within 10 days of its bottling.
Well, I started it March 18th. No problem, whatsoever!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 11/6: Hatsukame Brewery

January 12, 2008


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We are still very much in the “shinshu/new sake” and it is only a question of time (and drinking capacity) to grab them all one by one!

This one comes from a favourite brewery in Okabe Cho, Hatsukame, whose Toji/Master Brewer hails from the Noto Peninsula, Ishikawa Prefecture.

Hatsukame Shiboritate Ginjo
Rice: Shizuoka Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: +4
Acidity: 1.4
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Bottled in December 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: Practically transparent

Aroma: very fruity and flowery/Pineapple, green apples

Body: velvety

Taste: Surprisingly dry considering its aroma. Very clean taste. Alcohol discernible. Flowers/green apples/liquorice. My wife and girlfriend loved it. It seems that ladies have a weak spot for such dry sake.
Drank well with food.

Overall: Easy to drink. Fruity and flowery in aroma. Surprisingly crisp and dry in taste.
Intricate balance. Classy.
Secret: the “toji” was elected the best Noto Peninsula “toji” by his own peers!