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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Bandai Brewery-Izu Banyou Junmai Ginjo Homarefuji

June 3, 2016


Bandai is a very old brewery located in ancient hot spring city of Shuzenji now merged to Izu City in the centre of Izu Peninsula.
As Bandai Brewery it is not the oldest brewery in the Prefecture but it has existed under other names for more than 500 years!


In spite of being the sole brewery left in Izu Peninsula somewhat isolated in Shizuoka Prefecture, making it difficult to find their bottles, it keeps abreast of modern ideas and has used Shizuoka-grown Homarefuji sake rice for some time.


The name of this particular brand, “Banyou/満燿” is linked to the origin of the brewery back in 1497 as mentioned by Houjyou Souun/北条早雲, himself a native of Izu Peninsula!


Rice: Homarefuji (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in January 2016

Clarity: very clear
Color: almost transparent
Aroma: discreet, dry and fruity. Melon.
Body: fluid
Taste: very dry and fruity attack backed up by puissant junmai petillant.
Complex: apricot, melons, muscat.
Lingers for a while on the palate before departing on a drier note of muscat and nuts.
Sweetness will increase with temperature along the discovery o more “facets”.
Varies little with food.

Overall: A bit of a discovery although I have known the brewery for quite some time.
Ought to be better known in spite of the distance to travel to Shuzenji.
Very complex and fruity.
Can be enjoyed on its own or with food at any temperature.
Pairings: oden! (Japanese pot-au-feu)


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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Bandai Brewery-Junmai Ginjo Genshu Homare Fuji

March 5, 2012

Bandai Brewery is located in one of the most scenic cities of Shizuoka Prefecture, Izu Peninsula formerly called Shuzenji. The city has recently been included into a larger city called Izu City, but people and tourists certainly don’t mix the two when they say they are going to Shuzenji!
One can reach this city also famous for its hotsprings and Japanese inns by taking a local train from Mishima City.
When you go down at Shuzenji Station, don’t forget to visit the souvenir shop where you will find all the products of Bandai Brewery, including real wasabi shochu!

Bandai Brewery is one of the oldest breweries in the Prefecture and its history under other names can be traced back to the 16th Century!
Like most of the other sake breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture, it has started to use locally grown sake rice to ensure a stable output.

Rice: Homare Fuji 100% (grown in Shizuoka Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +3
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees (genshu: no water added)
Bottled in July 2010

Clarity: very clear
Colour: faint golden hue
Aroma: Strong and fruity: banana, vanilla, hints of pineapple
Body: fluid
Taste: Strongish attack with junmai petillant and a lot of fruit. Warms back of the palate. Well-rounded backed up by pleasant alcohol.
Complex: banana, gum-candy, almonds with memories of coffee beans later.
Softens with food to turn dry again on its own.
Almonds and banana tend to follow each other alternatively.

Overall: A sake you might as well drink chilled as it is quite sweet in spite of a +3 dryness level (quite dry by Shizuoka standards).
One of those sake you can pour over an ice-cream!
Very pleasant. Tends to get drier with food.
Would very well accompany blue cheese like a Port wine, or being drunk as a digestif!

Must-see tasting websites:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 25-3: Bandai Brewery

December 27, 2007

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I was pleasantly to surprised to discover that particular bottle at Isetan Department Store in Shizuoka City, considering that Bandai Brewery sake (Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula) are pretty difficult to find away from their locality and the fact the store named above is simply hopeless when it comes to drinks. Only last month I threatened them to report their mistakes to the Shizuoka Association of Sake Brewers when I found that Morimoto Brewery had been relocated to Kakegawa City. The first person I complained to almost shouted at me that the Brewery had been acquired by someone in Kakegawa City… They found out quickly they had proferred the wrong words to the wrong person!
This said, I still thank them for offering Bandai Brewery sake!

Bandai Izu Ban’yo Junmai Ginjo
Rice: Homare Fuji
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +3
Yeast: Shizuoka No-2
Bottled in December 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Discreet/fleeting. Slighlty sweet. Ricey. Greens.

Body: Velvety

Taste: Complex. Junmai tingle. Elegant. Light. Greens.
Bitter chocolate and vanilla appear later.

Overall: Elegant. Difficult to define/discern. Goes very well with food.
Would become a real poser at a tasting session.
Drunk it on Christmas with foie gras. Made for a great combination.
Stays soft with a lingering tingle with food.
Happened to also drink with chocolate. Turned very dry and interesting, then.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 25-2: Bandai Brewery

December 16, 2007

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Bandai Brewery in Shuzenji (Izu Peninsula) is probably the most traditional and probably the oldest in Shizuoka Prefecture (apparently founded in 1497!). It is not always easy to obtain their brews as they tend to disappear on their way from such a distant place! Anyway, last time I visited Shuzenji, I made sure to grab one in spite of my better (worse?) half complaining about all that luggage (I had to carry…)

Futsushu-Seishu/Normal-regular sake
Rice: Shizuoka Jimai (mixture of rices from our prefecture)
Rice milled down to 70%
Yeast: Asociation No 5

Clarity: very clear

Colour: Gold tinge

Aroma: Fruity/fleeting

Body: velvety

Taste: Soft at first. Fruity: almonds. Welcome acidity lingering in mouth.
Tends to change with food. Bitter chocolate appearance.

Overall: Surprisingly pleasant for Futsushu. Easy to drink.
For all its announced dryness, quite soft.
Drunk “nuruma”, almonds backed up by increased acidity. Becomes more velvety and finishes with bitter chocolate.
Conclusion: never underestimates a Shizuoka Futsushu!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 25-1: Bandai Brewery

December 9, 2007

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I have wanted for some time already to taste and find out about a “kuromai/black rice sake”. I was finally able to acquire a bottle during my last trip to Shuzenji in Izu Peninsula.
the sake is called Kuromai Yondai Shikomi Seishu and is brewed by Bandai Brewery.

Rice: kuromai
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Seishu/futsu sake

Clarity: very clear

Color: persimmon orange

Aroma: light, ricey, malt

Body: fluid

Taste: sharpish and tingling. Dry, almost like a shochu/whisky. Malty taste. Dry persimmons.
Gets easier to drink with the next sip.

Overall: A very dry sake, vey macho.
Might be best drunk as “kan/warm”. Goes down well with oily foods as it turns a little sweeter in palate.
Acquired taste?