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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Fukurotsuri Shizuku Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu Homarefuji (conducted at la Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

August 29, 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 produced by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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As usual it bears a long name!
Fukurotsuri Shizuku (the sake is filtered through a suspended cloth bag drip by drip) Junmai (no pure rice alcohol blended in) Ginjo Nama (unpasteurized) Genshu (no pure water blended in) Homarefuji (sake rice grown in Shizuoka Prefecture)!

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Rice: Homarefuji (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 5%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Dryness: + 5
Acidity: 1.5
Bottled in May 2016

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Clarity: very clear
Color: light golden hue
Aroma: very dry. Greens, water spinach (kuushinsai)
Body: fluid
Taste: dry and vegetables backed with puissant junmai petillant.
Complex. Lychees, faint dark chocolate, star fruit.
Lingers for a while before departing on more notes of sweet and sour vegetables.
Ends up more complex and dry with rise in temperature.
Varies little with food.

Overall: a very unusual sake, difficult to classify and the more intriguing for it.
Taste it first chilled to later discover more and more new facets with rise in temperature.
A discovery!
Suggested pairings: Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines, mabodofu, dry curry rice.

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: Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Junmai Ginjo “Ryoofu Kashu”

July 6, 2016

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It is the time of the year when Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City puts out its summer limited sake!

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Its name?
“Ryoofu Kashu/涼風夏酒”, that is “”cool wind, summer sake”!

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Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: + 6
Acidity: 1.3
Bottled in June 2016

Clarity: very clear
Color: almost transparent
Aroma: dry and fruity. Dry bananas, dry melons, apricot
Body: fluid
Taste: strong, dry and fruity attack backed up with puissant junmai petillant.
Complex: dry melons.
Lingers for a short while on palate before departing with dry notes of apricot, banana and flowers.
Tends to show more facets with further sips such as faint coffee beans.
Varies little with food.
Peaches and plums will appear with rise of temperature.

Overall:: very dry and elegant sake. Drier and more masculine than usual although ladies will also appreciate it.
Can be enjoyed at any temperature on its own or with any food.
Suggested pairings: salads, asparaguses, oden.

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sanwa Brewery-Hagoromo no Mai Junmai Ginjo

May 23, 2016

The other day, while shopping at Cenova Department Store I felt attracted by a old regular nectar by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
Being a 300ml bottle it is very practical for keeping chilled in the fridge in these increasingly warm days!

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Although Sanwa Brewery is mostly known now for its Garyubai Label, Hagoromo no Mai/The Light Veil Dance in commemoration of a famous legend occurring on Miho Beach in Shimizu Ku, is still produced after many years of existence.

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It is completely different from the Garyubbai labels and I thought it was time to taste this year’s nectar!

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Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in March 2016

Clarity: very clear
Color: golden
Aroma: Assertive, dry and fruity. Pineapple, custard.
Body: fluid
Taste: very dry and strong attack backed with puissant junmai petillant.
Complex: coffee beans, almonds, faint oranges.
Lingers for a short while on the palate before departing on dry notes of smoked almonds and walnuts.
Takes an even drier turn with food with strong notes of smoked nuts.

Overall: strong, solid, old fashioned sake untypical of Shizuoka Prefecture.
Obviously conceived to accompany food, especially heavy izakaya fare.
For traditional dry sake lovers!
Suggested pairings: broiled meats, Nabe/Japanese pot-au-feu, BBQ, blue cheese.

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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

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Shizuoka SakeTasting 17~10: Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Junmai Genshu

May 4, 2010


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Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City is one of the oldest still active breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture as it was founded in 1686 in Edo Era. Shimizu and Shizuoka were completely separated then. the Name “Sanwa/三和” could be literally translated as the “triple harmony” as it is actually the merger of three different breweries when Sanwa acquired neighbouring Koizumike and Shimizu Breweries about 30 years ago.

Sanwa Brewery, whose brewermaster hails from the Nanbu School in Iwate Prefecture, has the particularity of being the only brewery in Shizuoka Prefecture not to use the Shizuoka yeast, but nonetheless has conducted fruitful research in alternative rice strains.

Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Junmai Genshu:

Rice: Nihonbare 100%
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees (genshu/no pure water added)
Dryness: +2
Acidity: 1.5
Contents: 1.8l
Bottled in March 2010

-Clarity: very clear

-Colour: transparent

-Aroma: Complex. Fruity and flowery. Apricot, bitter chocolate

-Body: Fluid

-Taste: Strong and delicious alcohol attack with junmai petillant back-up warming back of the palate.
Complex. Fruity: Pineapple, apricot, flowers, memories of bitter chocolate and coffee beans.
Lingers for a short while with a sweetish note ending in nuts.
Holds its own well with any food.

My nurukan set!

As “nurukan” (40~45 degrees), comes with dry nuts. Very pleasant with any food.

Overall: A slightly extravagant sake for any food, although one can definitely enjoy it for its own sake (sorry for the pun!)
Could be considered as a “strong” sake in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Definitely the type of sake for a Japanese dining party!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 17/8: Sanwa Brewery

March 18, 2009


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My good friend Mr. Nagashima of Nagashima Liuor Shop came up with an unusual bottle by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
It bore a very difficult Japanese name to read, “origarami”, basically meaning “melting”. The bottle was not on display yet.

Sanwa Brewery: Garyuubai Origarami Junmai Ginjo (nigori) Nama Genshu (talk of a long title!)

Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: +4
Acidity: 1.4
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in January 2009

Clarity: Very clear when lees are “down”
Color: Slightly smoky white when shaken. Transparent when lees are “down”.
Aroma: Light and dry. Fruity: pineapple
Body: Velvety
Taste: Strong attack backed up by strong alcohol and a lot of acidity due to white lees.
More complex than expected.
Fruity: pineapple, apples.
Long tail. Almonds, vanilla, star anise and coffee beans appearing later.
Acidity lingers in the back of the mouth for a long time.

Overall: An acquired taste, but more pleasant than expected.
Drinks quickly, so must be better than I first thought!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 17-7: Sanwa Brewery

April 28, 2008


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Sanwa has received international acclaim since they created the “Garyubai” brew 4 years ago. Thier sake do have to be tasted every year as they are quite original even in this Prefecture.

Sanwa Brewery: Garyubai Junmai
Rice: Gohyakumangoku 90%, Yamada Nishiki 10%.
Rice milled down to 55% (extravagant for junmai)
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees (genshu level)
Dryness: + 2
Acidity: 1.5
Bottled in January 2008

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: light and dry. Fruity: pineapple, apricot

Body: velvety

Taste: Short tail. Strong and pleasant alcohol backed by junmai tingle. Dry. Pineapple, apricot, almonds.

Overall: Drinks very well with any food.
Varies little with food, occasionally sweetens and turns milder.
A bit “macho” but very pleasant.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 17-6: Sanwa Brewery

April 8, 2008

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Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku created their brand Garyubai 4 years and achieved international recognition since then. 90% is junmai and this particular bottle is no exception:

Sanwa Brewery/Garyubai Junmai Ginjo Yamada Nishiki Fukuro Tsuri Kashu Nama Genshu
(Unaltered pure original sake pressed through natural hanging inside a bag)
Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture) 100%
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: +3
Acidity: 1.3
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees (normal for “genshu/original sake”)

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Fruity, licorice, pineapple, pear

Body: velvety

Taste: Light junmai tingle, almost sweet at first. Bananas and pineapple. Short tail.
Gets drier later inside palate. Bitter chocolate faintly appearing later with food.

Overall: A delicate, elegant sake showing many facets along a changing character. Searching for answers.
Pleasant. Drinks easily for a genshu. Calls for next sip.
Would do well as a session sake.

Shizuoka Breweries 18: Sanwa Brewery

April 7, 2008

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The first impressions are so often the wrong ones…
It was actually with some apprehension that I entered Sanwa Brewery in the company of my good friend Takahiro Nagashima. The only times I had been able to check beforehand the likes of Mssrs. Katsumasa Suzuki and Tomio Sugahara I had discovered extremely serious, almost severe faces. Photographs seldom do justice to people. In fact everyone in the brewery were extremely civil, smiling and welcoming.
The ice was quickly broken and conversation commenced in earnest with Mr. Suzuki and his emplyee in charge of the borrling, Mr. Hiroyuki Sano, who later took us on the grand tour of the premises.

Sanwa has a long and eventful history: founded in 1686 under the name of Oshikubai Brewery (Mr. Suzuki is the 19th-generation owner), it merged with two other local breweries 30 years ago.

The original Oshikubai Brewery building serves as office and bottling and storage sites with 7 staff.

The former Koizumi Honkei Brewery stretches at the foot of a very scenic mountain and comprises the brewery proper and private quarters, kitchen and dining room for the toji/master brewer and his 5 aides.
 
The third brewery, Shimizu Brewery can still be seen as a private household halfway along the main thoroughfare.
Sanwa Brewery is known for many brand names such as Shizugokoro, Hagoromo, Tesshu and Okitsukawa, but it achieved international fame of late after they created the Garyubai label four years ago.
 
The name itself means “Sleeping Dragon Plum Tree”, and was inspired by a local legend whose history is related in nearby Seiken Ji Temple, a small but grand scenic spot adorned with plum and cherry trees.
90% of Garyubai brand is junmai.
The total production amounts to 850.000 (1.8 l.) bottles, 25% of which consist of extravagant futsushu/regular sake (from rice milled down to 70 and even 65%!)
 
Sanwa utilizes a wide range of rice strands:
Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Gohyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture)
Tankan Watari (Shiga Prefecture)
Bizen Omachi (Okayama Prefecture)
Aiyama (Hyogo Prefecture)
Miyama Nishiki (Shiga Prefecture)
Homare Fuji (ShizuokaPrefecture)
Water is gathered from the mountain standing at the back of the brewery.
Yeasts are No 10 and M310.
They also started last year to produce a very limited quantity of umeshu I cannot wait to get my hands on!

Visiting the brewery is like taking on a tour of old Japan. Most buildings date back to before WWII.
  
One can even discover and admire artifacts so important for their historical and cultural value: 
 
Old pictures from the Meiji and Taisho eras showing the rebuilding of the premises, an impressive range of cups, bottles and even crystal glassware. 

The toji, Mr. Tomio Sugahara is an impossibly gentle and affable craftsman hailing from Iwate Prefecture (Nanbu Guild) who never stops smiling. Mr. Sano confided me that he just cannot remember seeing him angry.
Interestingly enough, Mr. Sugawara is a gradener back home during the off season.

Equipment and structures are still very traditional with the necessary dose of automation to help reduce manual albor. You do have the impression of stepping inside Old Japan, especially when you consider that the no sign stands to indicate the brewery, which lays hidden in a very rural setting away from the bustling thoroughfare.

The large amount of kasu/white lees goes to local wasabizuke makers or sold to various gastonomic ventures. The collection of kasu is the only labour still done manually. It does take three days for the whole company staff to take it out of the vats and pack it away.
Apart of producing some sake for private labels in Shimizu and as far as Tokyo, Sanwa Brewery exports to New York, Singapore and Hong Kong, where their barnd name, Garyubai, is steadily acquiring a respected name, including the International Sake Challenge 2007 Grand Gold Prize.
Moreover, Sanwa Brewery is also very active in Promoting Shizuoka Jizake by holding an annual Dinner tasting Reception for 240 guests every third Friday of October at Elizabeth Hall near Shimizu JR Station in the company of three other breweries.
You can bet I’ll be there next October!

Sanwa Brewery
424-0038 Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Nishikubo, 501-10
Tel.: 054-366-0839 (office)
Fax: 054-366-0380
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 17-5: Sanwa Brewery

December 2, 2007

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We are still tasting new sake (shinshu) and it is only a question to try as many as possible!
Sanwa Brewery (Shimizu Ku) did not disappoint and came up with one in a jiffy!

Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Junmai Ginjo “Fukuro Tsuri Kashu”
“Fukuro Tsuri Kashu” means that it is original sake collected as it oozes out of the “draining bag”

Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Toyama) 100%
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 16=17 degrees (genshu)
Dryness: +1
Acidity: 1.5
Bottled in November 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: solid, fruity, pears, vanilla

Body: velvety

Taste: Junmai tingle. Fruity: vanilla/bitter chocolate/pears/persimmons
Stays long in mouth. Pleasant, elegant. Acidity revealed later.
Becomes more complex with next sips. Lingers on pleasantly

Overall: Elegant, deep caharacter, asking many questions. Entices to another cup.
Changes to a very dry sake with food.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 17-4: Sanwa Brewery

October 22, 2007

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Hiyaoroshi beingin season, I decided to taste Sanwa Brewery (Shimizu Ku) brand.

Garyubai Junami Ginjo Hiyaoroshi
Rice: Yamada nishiki (Shiga Prefecture) 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Dryness: +1
Acidity: 1.5
Bpttled in October 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Light, fruity, complex.

Body: velvety

Taste: Complex. Surprisingly dry and slightly acid in spite of numbers advertized. Turns mellow later.
Banana, vanilla, caramel, bitter chocolate, coffee.
Junmai tingle revealed later.

Overall: Easy to drink, but very complex in spite of relative lightness.
Goes very well with food, but ouht to be drunk on its own.
Taste tends to greatly vary with food before comonig back to original impression.