Posts Tagged ‘Yui’

Shizuoka Sake tasting: Kumpai Brewery-Junmai Nama genshu Fukuro Tsuri Shibori

January 19, 2014

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Kumpai might be the smallest brewery in Shizuoka Prefecture but they certainly produce some supreme nectars!

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Incidentally the Ichikawa family produces their own labels!
You can see that 2014 is the Year of the Horse!

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The s\name of this sake makes for another long reading:
Junmai: No alcohol added
Nama: unpasteurized
genshu: no water aded
Fukuro Tsuri Shibori: the sake was poured inside cloth sacks hung over a tank to let the sake flow out naturally

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Rice: Hyakumangoku
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: 0
Alcohol: 18 degrees
Bottled in Decmeber 2013

Clarity: Very clean and smoky (white lees)
Color: Golden hue
Aroma: Assertive. Dry. Fruity
Hints of French Pernod, thick nashi pears
Body: Fluid
Taste: Strong attack backed with puissant junmai petillant.
Alcohol softer tan expected.
Strong bubbly feeling.
Soft and complex: liquorice, pears, nashi.
Very easy to drink in spite of its nama and genshu status.
Changes little with food but for a sweeter turn.

Overall: A thoroughly enjoyable limited quantity sake that might be very difficult to obtain (I ordered it directly from the brewery!)!
Chilled, it makes for a superb aperitif.
Could easily replace a liqueur!
Should definitely please ladies in spite of its “rough” status!
If you must eat with it, do try it with blue cheese or chocolate!

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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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Kansawagawa Brewery: Shosetsu Junmai Shiboritate Nama

January 16, 2014

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Winter is a great time to taste all those shiboritate/just pressed sake as they will also give you a good idea of what to expect from a brewery every year!

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People usualy tend to have difficulties rememembering the difficult name of kansawagawa Brewery in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, but their brand name, Shosetsu, is famous all over Japan!

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Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in December 2013

Clarity: very clear
Color: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Assertive, fry and fruity
Taste: Well-rounded attack. Dry and fruity. Complex.
Apples, pears, apricots, macadamia nuts.
Discreet junmai petillant.
Disappears fairly quickly with late hints of macadamia nuts, almonds and oranges. Coffee beans appear later.
Comparatively elegant and easy to drink for a nama/unpasteurized sake.
Takes on a drier turn and more junmai petillant with food.
Elegantly marries with food.
Insistently calls for the next cup!

Overall: A very fine sake, subtler than expected for a nama.
Chilled, makes for a superb aperitif.
Beautifully drinks with any food, although thoroughly enjoyable on its own!
A sure value!

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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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 21~5: Kanzawagawa Brewery-Shosetsu Futsushu

May 13, 2010


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Kanzawagawa Brewery is also an old establishment located very near the sea at Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shziuoka City along the old Tokaido Road.
They have the merit to still make absolutely extravagant “futsushu/regular sake” at ridiculous prices.

Like most of all futsushu (only 18% of the total production, probably the lowest in Japan), the bottles are adorned with old traditional designs!. As they are easy to conserve thy would make the perfect souvenir back home in the rest of world!

Kansawa Brewery: Shosetsu Futsushu

Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Rice milled down to 70%
Bottled in January 2010

Clarity: very clear
Colour: transaparent
Aroma: Strong attack upon opening the bottle. Tends to dissipate quickly.
Fruity. Bitter chocolate, banana, macadamia nuts
Body: fluid
Taste: Dry attack backed up by delicious alcohol and a basket of dry nuts and bananas.
Complex/not straightforward for a fustushu.
Pleasantly warming up back of the palate with plenty of dry almonds, finishing on a pleasant acid note.
Holds its own well with any food with an accetuated dryness.

Overall: A sake for all meals, although eminetly drinkable on its own.
Certainly not the “image” of the futsushu, but futsushu are simply extravagant in Shizuoka Prefecture, considering that the rice millage would qualify it as premium sake!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 26~8: Eikun Brewery-Eikun Futsushu

May 13, 2010


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Eikun Brewery is an old establishment “lost” in the mountains facing the sea at Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shziuoka City.
They have the merit to still make absolutely extravagant “futsushu/regular sake” at ridiculous prices.

Like most of all futsushu (only 18% of the total production, probably the lowest in Japan), the bottles are adorned with old traditional designs!. As they are easy to conserve thy would make the perfect souvenir back home in the rest of world!

Eikun: Futsushu
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Rice milled down to 70%
Bottled in January 2010

Clarity: very clear
Colour: transparent
Aroma: Fruity, ricey
Body: Fluid
Taste: Dry and soft attack. Discreet.
Fruity and nutty: macadamia nuts, almonds, coconuts.
Disappears quickly with dry nuts.
tends to come up with new facets with the second and third sip (glass).

Overall: Very elegant and extravagant for a futsushu.
Goes well with any food.
A sake for everyday home drinking!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-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 26/7: Eikun Brewery

November 10, 2009


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Yes, I’m still alive!
Just had some different priorities of late, but now I at last have the time to come back more regularly to my first love: Shizuoka Sake!

It’s been a long time since I taste a brew by Eikun Brewery in Yui.
The trip to that particular brewery is almost an expedition as it is located along a lonely road halfway up the mountains bordering the sea and the very narrow valley in Yui, a place so famous for its fish, sushi and sake!
This Hiyaoroshi had only a front label with the minimum of indications, but it certainly was worth exploring!

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Tokubetsu Junmai Hiyaoroshi, genshu

Rice milled down to 55% (extravagant!)
Alcohol: 16~17%
Bottled in September 2009

Clarity: very clear
Colour: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Fruity: pears, vanilla, banana
Body: velvety
Taste: Very soft attack backed up by a little dry alcohol.
Very well-rounded.
Fruity: bananas, pears.
Short tail.
Pleasant dry and fruity finish with notes nuts at the back of the mouth.
Elegant, feminine, fleting with a sense of unexplored depth.
Turns drier with food.
Overall: Very pleasant in spite of its high alcohol content. Very fruity, but soft on the tongue and palate.
Elegant and extravagant for a junmai.
Makes for the perfect aperitif, although holds its own very well with food.
Would certainly not lose its place to wine!

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-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 21/4: Kansawagawa Brewery

July 28, 2008


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Like most breweries, Kanasawagawa Brewery in Yui (soon to be absorbed by Shizuoka City) has been outputting its nama/unpasteurized sake at a time when the heat entices sake lovers to drink their favourite brew chilled.

Kanasawagawa Brewery: Shosetsu Ginjo Nama

Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottledin June 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Light. Fruity: Almonds, melon.
Body: Velvety~fluid
Taste: Nama tingle. Alcohol.
Elegant. Fruity: melon, coffee beans and bitter chocolate appearing later.
Light impression all way through. Very easy to drink.

Overall: A sake that would please ladies in particular.
Very soft on palate in spite of its “nama/unpasteurized” nature.
Makes for the perfect aperitif.
Is not influenced by food

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 26/3: Eikun Brewery

July 14, 2008


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Since I will shortly travel to Yui Cho to visit and interview Eikun Brewery, I thought some tasting was in order!

Eikun Brewery: Tokubetsu Junmai (2008)

Rice: Yakumangoku
Rice milled down to 55%
Yeast: Shizuoka HD-101
Alcohol: 16.5 degrees
Dryness: +4
Acidity: 1.4
Bottled in April 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Fruity. Complex. Vanilla, bananas, pineapple.
Body: Velvety to fluid.
Taste: Short tail. Dry at first but soft. Slight junmai tingle.
Complex. Fruity: pineapple, almonds.
Pleasant and fleeting. Almonds making a strong comeback with junmai tingle on second sip. Turns dry with food.

Overall: In spite of its elevated rank, holds itself very well with food.
Elegant, fleeting. A sake for all season!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 26-2: Eikun Brewery-Kohaku

February 20, 2008


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Not many breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture are venturing into manufacturing koshu/old sake, and it is a pity. But things are fortunately slowly changing. Eikun Brewery in Yui has come up for some time with quite an extraordinary brew matured for 10 full years from a batch originally conceived in 1963! It certainly does not look like a sake!

Kohaku/”Ten Maturity”
Alcohol: 26 degrees (!!!!)
Bottled in December 2006

Clarity: Very clear

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Colour: Rich dark amber (name of the sake!)

Aroma: Pleasant. A bit pungent. Similar to a Chinese old chum. Almonds

Body: Full, easy on the palate.

Taste: Solid. Tastes like an old sherry. Welcome alcohol.
Persimmon, caramel.
Acidity revealed later on the palate as the dry impresion gains emphasis.

Overall: maybe an acquired taste for some, but very pleasant. Should be drunk like an old sherry or even like a good port.
Goes down well with food.
Heated to about 40 degrees celsius, it becomes very pleasant with hot dishes, especillay “nabe”. Do not forget the high alcohol content. Drink sparingly, or it will hit you!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 21-3: Kansagawa-Shosetu Brewery

January 2, 2008


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December is (was) a good month to look for limited (“gentei”) editions, what with all the new sake coming out, and Kansagawa Brewery in Yui did not fail expectations!

Shosetsu Junmai Shiboritate Nama (gentei)
Rice milled down to 60%
Bottled in December 2007

Clarity: very clear
Colour: almost transparent
Aroma: Fruity/Flowers/Green apples, pineapple
Body: velvety
Taste: Very dry. Fruity: green apples, pineapple, raisins.
Complex. Reveals melon and muscat with food.
Dryness lingering in mouth.

Overall: A sake that drinks truly well with food.
Complex mood lingering in mouth.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 26-1: Eikun Brewery

December 22, 2007

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Slowly but steadily (although in a very disorganized way), I am progressing through all the breweries of Shizuoka. Incidentally the tasting order does not reflect my preferences, although those also vary along time…
I did not have to go far this time, as Eikun Brewery stands in the mountains near Yui, which will be part of Shimizu Ku next year.

Eikun Tokubetsu Junmai
Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Fukui Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: +4
Acidity: 1.2
Bottled in February 2006

Clarity: very clear

Colour: light gold

Aroma: Fruits: pineapple/banana

Body: velvety

Taste: Junmai tingle. Complex. Fruity: pinepapple, banana, bitter chocolate.
Fruits linger long in mouth.
Calling for another sip.
Welcome faint acidity appears later with sweet oak and bitter chocolate.

Overall: Elegant. Easy to drink. Very fruity.
Calls for another sip. Complexity grows as more is drunk.
Turns surprisingly very dry when eating fresh fruit or dessert.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 21-2: Kansawagawa-Shosetsu Brewery

December 5, 2007

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When I visited Kansawagawa-Shosetsu Brewery last month, I bought both ends of their range and deicded to taste their top first. Slightly extravagant of me, I must confess!

Shosetsu Junmai Daiginjo

Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 35%
Dryness: +1~+4
Acidity: 1.3
Bottled in November 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: Golden tinge

Aroma: very discreet, ricey, green apples, pears

Body: velvety

Taste: Complex, difficult to catch as varies with food.
Dry impression
Fruity: gardenias, pears, almonds, bitter chocolate.
Later bananas and melon.
Lingers on palate, especially after food.

Overall: Elegant. Fleeting.
Session sake.
At times drier than expected.
Turns extravagant with food.

Shizuoka Breweries 15: Kanzawagawa-Shosetsu Brewery

November 28, 2007

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If you happen to visit Kansawagawa-Shosetsu Brewery, you will understand why I called myself lucky many times!
The access is pretty simple: Get off at Kambara JR Station, use the only exit, turn left and let your feet carry you for a quarter of an hour. I cannot say that the street scene is particularly picturesque in this part of Yui-Cho, but the mountains bordering the village are still worth observing. Now if you can get a whole day of freedom, I would suggest that after your visit at the Brewery you walk all the way till the next JR station called Yui. This will allow you to pay a visit to the tiny but absolutely unforgetable Hiroshige Ukiyoe Museum, stop at a few interesting “miyage-souvenir” shops and finally stop at a local sushi restaurant near the harbour to savour the nationally famous local shrimp called “sakura ebi”, fresh from the morning catch in season!
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You could do it the other way, that is go down at Yui Station, go the harbour for a very early lunch/late breakfast and sample the “Sakura ebi Kakiage” (Sakura shrimp tenpura) at a local stand then walk all the way to Kambara Station!
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The 5th generation owner, Mr. Masataka Mochizuki (45) was already expecting me. The unprepossessing gentleman had kindly agreed to an appointment over the phone despite the fact we had never met before. It seems at last that the sometimes very closed world of Shizuoka Sake Brewers was finally opening up more easily to that “gaijin jamamushi” (“foreign meddler”)! I shall have a few doors (sliding doors) to break, but it is definitely getting easier these days.
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Mr. Mochizuki actually welcomed me very warmly and introduced me to his “to-in” (brewers) led by Master Brewer Junetsu Yamakage of the Nanbu School in Iwate Prefecture and his young Second Master Brewer, Tsutomu Sakimura, also of the Nanbu School, but fromAichi Prefecture.
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The two of them and six more brewers from Iwate Prefecture produce 150.000 1,8l. bottles a year. It is hard grunt work for 6 consecutive months as I could judge with my own eyes when I was allowed to watch them washing and soaking the rice for the next batch of sake.
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Kanzawagawa Brewery is making use of a combination of traditional and more modern equipment such as th Aoshima System Rice Washer (created only 15 years ago).
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The water is brought directly by a network of pipes from a point 2 km up Kansawa river.
As I said, this is heavy work, but Mr. Mochizuki makes sure his men are well looked after as demonstrated by the nice old lady who comes all the way down from Iwate Prefecture every year to stay and cook the brewers’ meals.
When I asked Mr. Mochizuki about the image of his sake, he replied that he strives for a clean/clear sake with an aroma reminscent of fruit, just enough to encourage one to the next cup.
The rice used is mainly Giginga (Iwate), Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo, Shizuoka), O-machi (Okayama), with some Homare Fuji (Shizuoka), Gin Otome (Iwate) and Hana Fuguki (Aomori thrown in).
Yeasts are Shizuoka NEW-5, HD-1 and No2, and Association No 10.
They also produce some futsu/normal sake of astounding quality at a ridiculous price.
As I did with some other Shizuoka Brewers, I suggested Mr. Mochizuki that it was about grand time to create a special grading criterion for Shizuoka “futsu sake”!
He certainly warmed up to the notion as he offered me a lift all the way to the harbour where I told I wished to sample the sakura ebi there! (carrying along two bottles I bought at the Brewery!)

Kanzawagawa-Shosetsu Brewery
421-3103 Ihara Gun, Yui Cho, Yui 181
Tel.: 0543-752033
Fax: 0543-752133