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Umeshu: Garyubai by Sanwa Brewery

November 11, 2008


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Umeshu comes under different guises in Japan, but if you buy one instead of making it yourself make sure you buy one brewed by a reputable Brewery!
In Shizuoka Prefecture, umeshu is an extravagant affair when made by the local breweries.
Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City is no exception!

Sanwa Brewery Garyubai Umeshu

Alcohol: 12 degrees (fairly low for Shizuoka but still high when compared with cheap stuff!)
Ingredients: Japanese Plum (“Ume”), Sake. Sugar.

Clarity: Very clear at rest. Smoky if stirred beforehand
Colour: Orange/sepia
Aroma: Ver fragrant and sweet plums.
Body: Velvety~fluid
Taste: Dry attack, turns sweet later. Shortish tail. Very pleasant impression. Elegant.

Overall: Very enjoyable and easy to drink.
Fine at room temperature.
Makes for a great aperitif when chilled.
Great with cheese at room temperature.
Elegant beverage. Should please both ladies and gentlemen!

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Shizuoka Umeshu: Masu-Ichi Brewery

August 21, 2008


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Every year more local breweries are offering “umeshu” eminently popular in summer when it is most appreciated poured over a few ice cubes!

Masu-Ichi Brewery in Shizuoka City has just entered the fray with concoction called “Denjiro”, which actually is the master brewer/toji’s trade name as he is the second apprentice of Denbei Kawamura, the man who created the Shizuoka Yeast.

It contains less alcohol, 7~8 degrees, as compared to the more usual 15 degrees, making it very easy to drink by ladies and younger people in particular.

Masu Ichi Brewery: “Denjiro”, “Tsuka/Plum Aroma” Umeshu

Alcohol: 7~8 degrees
Plums, sake, sugar.
Bottled: July 11th, 2008

Clarity: very clear
Colour: light red/pink
Aroma: light, dry, plums
Body: velvety
Taste: Shortish tail. Plum taste discreet, not overwhelming. Elegant. Dry.

Overall: Makes for a great light aperitif in hot summers!

Shizuoka Umeshu: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery

December 19, 2007

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Shizuoka not only produces some of the best sake in Japan and absolutely extravagant shochu, but also come up with the cream of Umeshu found in this country adding local Japanese plums to their sake or shochu for the plesaure of all.

Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery in Hamamatsu City has the particularity to brew sake, shochu, beer and umeshu (when are they going to make wine?).

This Umeshu called Kuramoto no Umeshu (Umeshu from our Brewery) is certainly a beauty:
Alcool: 15 degrees
Ingredients: Kome/rice shochu, Japanese plums extract, sugar.
No colouring or artificial state added.
Bottled in June 2007.

Best appreciated on the rocks or straight and chilled at all times.
Very elegant and satisfying. Will please both ladies and gentlemen.
The perfect aperitif!

Hamamatsu Brewery
Hamamatsu City, Tenjin machi, 3-57
Tel.: 053-461-6145
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20th Shizuoka Prefecture Jizake Fair

October 2, 2007

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On the 1st of October was held the long awaited Jizake Fair at the Century Hotel in Shizuoka City!
I had to scramble to arrive from work at about 19:10, although the event had started at 18:30 (bloody too early if you ask me!). I arrived in a crowded place, that with the local media making a nuisance of themselves… As I could not find my friends, I just took my glass and decided to start the tasting marathon.
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I had the great pleasure to meet old acquaintances who in turn helped me getting introduced to other brewers I had been looking forward to taling to for quite some time.
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I secured future interviews east and west and even central Shizuoka Prefecture with Kinmei (Gotemba), Izu no Umi (Numazu), Fujimasa/Chiyomine and Makino/Shiraito (Fujinomiya), Haginishiki (Shizuoka), Senju (Iwata) and Hamamatsu/Tenjigura (Hamamatsu).
It was all a bit hectic as I had to greet evryone who has so kindly helped me these last months: Denbei Nakamura, Mr. Doi, Eriko Kanda and so on.
Al in all it was a great evening, but far too short to my liking. Alright, I will have plenty of time to remedy that!

Umeshu by Shidaizumi Brewery

September 16, 2007

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I already had the occasion to taste this new umeshu (“Japanese plum liqueur”) callled “Umemaru” when I visited Shidaizumi Brewery in Fujieda City last August before it was put on sale. But due to a hectic schedule before leaving fro France, I did not have the time to make any report.
To amend for the hiatus, I bought and tasted a bottlelast night!

This umeshu is made with sake and ume/Japanese local plum extract, making it quite extravagant in comparison to what is usually marketed as “umeshu”)
The alcohol content is not so high at only 11 degrees.

Clarity: very clear

Colour: light orange-pink

Aroma: dry plums, drier than expected.

Body: light and smooth.

Taste: Complex and elegant. Drier than expected. Easy to drink and calling for a second and a third sip. Welcome acidity lingering over the palate

Overall: a great aperitif or refreshing drink on a hot summer day/night. Elegant. Adult. Deserves to stand beside European first-class fruit alcohols. Best drunk chilled or on the rocks.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 14-2: Shidaizumi Brewery-Shoryuu

September 16, 2007

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I had the occasion to taste and finish this bottle at Shidaizumi Brewery before it was put on sale, but due to a busy schedule did not have the time to record my notes. I amended the lapsus by buying and tasting it yeasterday.

Shoryuu is a junmai genshu with a difference brewed in September 2007 by Shidaizumi Brewery (Fujieda City).

Rice: Asahina Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 70%

Clarity: very clear

Colour: light golden tinge

Aroma: Ricey/fruity

Body: smooth

Taste: Complex. Welcome tinge spreading through palate thanks to its “genshu” nature. Fruity/bananas.
Lingers on for a long time.
Bitter chocolate and almonds appear revealed with second sip.

Overall: Complex, pleasant, reveals many characters as it calls for another sip.
Perfect with any food. Fruity but dry. A sake to experience!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 4-6: Kumpai Brewery/Momiji

September 16, 2007

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This is the fourth bottle sampled by the Hamamatsu Geeks on September 14th:

Kumpai Momiji Junmai Ginjo Hiyaoroshi by Kumpai Brewery (Shizuoka City)

Rice: Biyama Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Dryness: +2
Bottled in September 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: ricey, flowers

Body: Fluid, light

Taste: Simple/ricey/fruits.

Overall: Great for beginners. Very easy to drink. Simple and refreshing approach. Can be drunk at all times of the day and night. Probably best on its own.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 13-4 Hana No Mai Brewery: Susono

September 16, 2007

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Thisa is the third bottle sampled by the Hamamatsu geeks on September 14th:
A group of sake lovers in Susono City (eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture) asked Hana no Mai Brewery in Hamamatsu City to brew a limited junmai shiboritate genshu exclusively made with rice grown in and around Susono City and water collected from Mount Fuji.

Rice: goyakumangoku milled down to 55%
Dryness: +5
Bottled on November 2nd, 2006

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Fruity, bananas, plums

Body: fluid

Taste: complex but light. Fruity. Bananas. Welcome tingle. On second drink bitter chocolate will appear.

Overall: Easy to drink. A sake fit for light food. Recommended for ladies and beginners

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 7-3: Fuji-Takasago Brewery

September 16, 2007

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This is the second bottle sampled by the Hamamatsu Geeks on September 14th:
Takasago Junmai Nama Genshu (Fuji-Takasago Brewery, Fujinomiya City).

Rice: 100% Homare Fuji grwon in Shizuoka Prefecture
Rice milled down to 60%
Bottld in March 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: beautiful gold

Aroma: Ricey, light/fruity/Flowers

Body: smooth

Taste: Complex. Welcome tingle due to its “nama” and “genshu” nature, which spreads very quickly through the palate. Bananas, gardenias.

Overall: Solid and satisfying. Very popular with ladies in spite of its strong nama-genshu character. A sake to go with any food.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 11-3: Hatsukame Brewery

September 16, 2007

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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.