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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sugii Brewery-Yaoyorazu Yamahai Junmai/Homarefuji Rice

March 5, 2012

There are now 19 out of 28 breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture producing brews made with locally-grown sakamai/sake rice.
Sugii Brewery in Fujieda City has been experimenting with Shizuoka-grown Homarefuji/誉富士 rice right from the very beginning.
Now, they have come up for the last couple of years with a traditional brew that a lot of other breweries avoid because of its difficulty: Yamahai/山廃!

It does have a peculiar name: Yaorazu/八百萬 that even Japanese have a hard time to read! It is an allusion to a Shinto Shrine whose history dates back to the 8th Century!

Sugii Brewery: Yaoyorazu Yamahai Junmai Homarefuji Rice/杉井酒造ー八百萬山廃純米誉富士

Rice: Homare Fuji (Shizuoka-grown)
Rice milled down to 70%
Dryness: +6
Acidity: 2.3 (vry high for Shizuoka!)
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in Novemwber 2010

Clarity: Very clear
Color: faint yellow hue (normal for Yamahai)
Aroma: Light, sweetish. Custard, banana, macadamia nuts
Body: Fluid
Taste: Very dry attack.
Complex: dry oranges, almonds.
Turns a little sweetish later to make a quick dry comeback.
Disappears quickly for a yamahai.
Alcohol pepping up later.
Changes little with food.

Overall: More distinguished than expected for a yamahai.
A sake designed for food? Very probably as I found it in many izakayas in Fujieda City.
Strong and solid sake.
Perfect for food, especially that in izakaya.
Can be enjoyed slowly at home with a snack!

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 16/7: Sugii Brewery

September 20, 2008

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September is always a busy month for Sugii Brewery in Fujieda City when they put on sale special brews matured over the year.
This particular sake has just been awarded a Trophy for “Best Ginjo” by the Tasting Panel at the International Sake Challenge 2008 held in Tokyo on July, 8th, 2008!

Suginishiki Extra Ginjo
Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100% (Hyogo Prefecture)
Fermented rice (kooji) milled down to 40%
Added rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15.9 degrees
Dryness: +9
Acidity: 1.1 (very low)
Yeasts: Shizuoka HD-1 and NEW 5
Pasteurized only once
Bottled in August 2008

Clarity: Very clear
colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Light and sharp. Pineapple, green apple
Body: Velvety~fluid
Taste: Shortish tail
Fruity and complex: pears. green apples
Elegant and discreet.
From fruity turns quickly very dry, especially with food with added complexity.
Bitter chocolate and coffee beans appearing later with more food.

Overall: As usual, another pleasant surprise! Definitely for dry sake lovers!
Mr. Sugii seems to come up with another creation every time I taste his sake!
Drinks so well with or without food.
Should please both genders. tends to disappear quickly!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 16/6: Sugii Brewery

July 28, 2008

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Sugii Brewery in Fuieda City is one of the very few breweries which still experiment with old-style sake such as Yamahai and brews concocted with kimoto.
This time, Mr. Sugii devised a Yamahai exclusively made with Homare Fuji, a rice strain grown in Shizuoka Prefecture!

Sugii Brewery: “Yaoyorazu”, Ymahai Junmai

Rice: Homare Fuji (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Rice milled down to: 70%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Brewed in 2007
Bottled in June 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Fruity, cherries, alcohol.
Body: Velvety~fluid
Taste: Short tail. Fruity: Dry cherries, Almonds, Junmai tingle, caramel, pudding.
Disappears quickly leaving a trail of warmth on the palate.
Turns drier with food with coffee beans appearing.

Overall: First impression! Very close to wine!
The Missus said it is feminine in concept!
Complex. Asking questions. Great with poultry.
Would go well with Japanese desserts.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 16/5: Sugii Brewery

May 24, 2008

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Sugii Brewery in Fujieda City has always distinguished itself for venturing into new and forgotten roads and has recently acquired national fame for its traditional “kimoto” sake.

Sugii Brewery: Suginishiki Tokubetsu Junmai “Kimoto Shikomi”
Rice: Shizuoka Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +7
Acidity: 1.5
Alcohol: 15.6 degrees
Yeast: Shizuoka HD-1
Yeast starter: “Kimoto”
Bottled: April 8th, 2008

Clarity: very clear
Colour: Light Golden Tinge
Aroma: Light and dry. Melon
Body: Velvety~fluid
Taste: Short tail. Complex. Very dry at first.
Fruity, melon, coffee beans
Turns gentle with food accompanied with more melon.

Overall: “Old fashioned” sake. Rare taste in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Very dry. Drinks well with any food.
Alcohol with coffee beans will appear with salty food in spite of its junmai status.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 16-4: Sugii Brewery

April 21, 2008

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Sugii Brewery is noted for producing some the most traditional sake in Shizuoka Prefecture. Their “kimoto” and “yamahai” have received national acclaim in many specialized magazines such as the March edition of “DANCYU”.
My good friends at Nagashima Saketen always call me as they have arrived!

The title “Tenbo 13 nen” means the 13th year of Tenbo Era (1843) shortly before the advent of Meiji Era, the year of the Brewery foundation in Fujieda City. A return to its roots and orignal brewing!

Sugii Brewery Yamahai Junmai “Tenbo Ju San Nen”
Rice: Aichi no Kaori: milled down to 78%
Fermented rice: Hitomebore: milled down to 70%
Dryness: +3.5
Acidity: 2.5 (very high for Shizuoka)
Alcohol: 15.2 degrees
Bottled in March 2008

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Fruity: dry cherries

Body: velvety

Taste: very dry,fruity: dry cherries. Remiscent of a dry sherry

Overall: A sake for food, especially fried and strong taste food.
2 or 3 days ater opening the bottle the sake will actually turn gentler and sweeter, and “performing” with food.
Unusual and intriguing.

Maboroshi Sake: Kuromai by Sugii Brewery

December 9, 2007

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Here is one sake I may never taste, hence the expression, “Maborおshi Sake”!

In 2000 Kinnosuke Sugii, the owner and Master brewer at Sugii Brewery (Suginishiki) in Fujieda City, came up with one of his annual creations: Kodaimai Kurozake (Ancient Rice, Black sake) Honjozo.
At this time my good friend Takahiro Nagashima of Nagashima Saketen in Shizuoka City acquired two bottles of this very limited one-time only brew and decided to let them mature for a s long as possible. He drunk the first bottle last year and found supremely good.
Yesterday, December 6th, he showed me the second bottle he hoped to let mature some more time and allowed me to take a picture for posterity.
He promised me he would invite me when he decides to finally open it!
A sort article for a long wait….
I might as well as grab Mr. Sugii’s next creation for my own cellar!

Shizuoka Sake Tasing 16-3: Sugii Brewery

November 26, 2007

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It’s “shinshu” (New Sake, not Sake Nouveau-spare me!) season at long last!
And the first I tasted was a brew by Sugii Brewery in Fujieda City. And what’s more, it is a Yamahai! Yamahai sake, as far as taste is concerned, can wildly vary from brewery to brewery. Shizuoka is no exception.

Suginishiki Honjozo Shizuku Yamahai Shikomi “Kinnosuke”
“Kinnosuke” is actually the first name of the Owner/Master Brewer, Mr. Sugii.
“Shizuku” means that the sake was not pressed but collected as it naturally flowed out.
Rice: Shizuoka Hitomebure and Shizuoka Aichi no Kaori
Rice milled down to 70%
Dryness: +7
Acidity: 2.1 (High)
Alcohol: 19~20 degrees (genshu)
Yeast: No7
Bottled in November 2007

Clarity: very clear
Colour: transparent
Aroma: Ricey, sharpish, salty
Body: fluid
Taste: Sharp. Yamahai taste. Almost salty. Complex. Strong alcohol.
Fruits revealed later: bananas. Tends to turn sweet with food

Overall: due to the high alcohol content, it could almost be drunk as a shochu, although the comparitively soft impression on the palate makes a big difference.
A “macho” sake for people who enjoy their sake with a strong note.