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Shizuoka Tasting 8/7: Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery

May 31, 2008


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Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura continues to assert itself back more and more in the World of Shizuoka Sake Breweries and has been venturing into some remarkable limited brews:

Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery: Fudo Sogatsuru, Bessen( Special Selection), Nama Shibori (unpasteurized), Roka zennukitori (Unfiltered)

Alcohol: 17.5 degrees
Rice milled down to 60%
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast NEW-5
Dryness: +3.5
Acidity: 1.4
Water: Oi River Bed Well
Bottled: March 2008
Limited Brew: 180 bottles (720 ml)/Sold in 30 selected shops

Clarity: very clear
Colour: Light Golden Tinge
Aroma: Light, fruity, flowers, bananas, vanilla, melon.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail. Complex. Strong alcohol. Fruity, bitter chocolate, berries.
Alcohol tingle lingering in upper palate.
Turns drier with second sip. Almonds appearing later

Overall: Very pleasant, almost elegant in spite of high alcohol and nama status.
Typical of Shizuoka style.
Drinks beautifully with food with more almonds and bitter chocolate appearing.
Re-affirms itself between foods.
Difficult to escape from!
Although not stated it is a junmai genshu.

Shizuoka Izakaya: Villa D’Est Quisine (2)

May 29, 2008


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Last Monday, due to insistent requets from my “Monday Night Out Friends”, I finally could not postpone my next visit to this old favourite of mine, Villa d’Est Quisine in Shizuoka City ( 2 minutes walk from my work, actually!)

Toshiharu Matsuura’s establishement has always been a gastronomic experience to look forward to since September 1997 as his cuisine almost exclusively makes use of seasonal produce.


What makes the experience even more pleasurable is that you suddenly find yourself inside such a traditional Japanese setting with wood everywhere, be it at the counter, at a large table (very practical for long-legged expats!) or on the tatami (usually I don’t mention it, but the toilets are a little beauty!) and where all the food is served in Japanese pottery (The owner has many friends among artists!) with wooden utensils.

The menu changes practically every day, depending on produce avaibility in the local markets (I know where Mr. Matsuura buys his vegetables, fish and meat, and I can tell you you will not find anything fresher!).

It can be very simple such a green salad with parmesan cheese,

to fairly complicated such as ” Cold Shunsai Chyawanmushi”.
Although the oyakata works by himself and is very busy, he will always oblige and explain his cuisine.
This is a very rare place where both omnivores and vegetarians can enjoy food together!

As for the drinks he will please anyone with his excellent assortment of sake, shochu and wines.
Moreover he makes a point of serving Shizuoka Jizake such as the brews from Morimoto/Sayogoromo Brewery (Kikugawa City) and Takshima/Hakuinmasamune Brewery (Numazu City)! And do not forget he also has some organic drinks in store!

Especially recommended for ladies, couples and loners alike.

Villa d’Est Quisine
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 3-10-1
Tel.: 054-2514763
Business Hours: 17:00~24:00
Closed on Thursdays

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 29/1: Fujimasa Brewery

May 25, 2008


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Banzai! Finally got hold of a few (3) evasive bottles from Fujimasa Brewery in Fujinomiya City!
The first one, being a futsushu will certainly interest Melinda and Etsuko!
By that I almost closed full circle. Only one Brewery left to investigate after this one!

Fujimasa Brewery: Genkotsu (“The Clenched Fist”), “Hone aru Otoko no Sake (“The Man with Bones Sake”)
Rice: Oogonbore
Rice milled down to 70% (extravagant!)
Dryness: +8
Acidity: 1.2
Alcohol: 15.5 degrees
Bottled: April 2008

Clarity: very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Fruity, bitter chocolate, almonds, bananas
Body: Velvety
Taste: Shortish tail. Fruity and dry balance. Solid sake.
Almonds, almost tastes like an Almaretto.
Tends to take a back seat with food, becoming more fluid, backed with almonds.

Overall: For all the macho (Tim, listen!) image, proves a gentle brew easy to drink. Would definitely be popular with ladies during a meal.
Tends to strengthen with salty foods.
As futsushu, holds itself very well and deserves a special mention like all Shizuoka Futsushu, which are simply extravagant! Extremely good value for your money!

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 6/8: Oomuraya Brewery

May 22, 2008


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Oomuraya Brewery in Shimada City has a habit of coming up with some colourful and limited brews.
Every year on a determined day they put out a genshu.
This time it was bottled on the 4th of February 2008 as stated on their label.

Oomuraya Brewery: Wakatake Nama Genshu Junmai Ginjo
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Rice miled down to 55%
Bottled February 4th, 2008

Clarity: Smoky due to the slight amount of white lees, but very clean
Colour: White haze
Aroma: Fruity, bananas, melon
Body: Velvety
Taste: Strong alcohol/nama and junmai tingle. Shortish tail. Bananas, coffee beans, melon.
Bitter chocolate appearing with food.

Overall: A sake for food, especially heavy one.
Drunk really well with gyoza!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 8/6: Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery

May 20, 2008


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Ii is at last getting easier to brews from the former Sogatsuru Brewery in Kakegawa City since its revival in 2004 thanks to one of the brothers at Haginishiki Brewery in Shizuoka City.
But I certainly still have quite a few more left to survey!

Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery: “Chiyo” Junmai Ginjo
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Rice milled down to 55%
Bottled: August 2007

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Light and fruity. Bananas, melon.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail. Nice junmai tngle. Dry. Coffee beans, bananas, bitter chocolate, nuts.
Quickly turns dry on palate.
Almonds appearing later

Overall: A very “Shizuoka Type” sake. Best suited with food. Very dry, great with tempura and fried food!

Updated Shizuoka Brewers List

May 19, 2008


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Here below is the list of all 31 “kura”/breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture (Chiyomusume Brewery has just ceased operations in October 2007), which were “working” as of November 2007 (with some nuances and notes attached!)
They are listed in a “traditional” order.
Official business names of Breweries are also included. Keep in mind that some breweries also produce brands for individual shops or distributors: “Miwa No sato” and “Ashikubo” by Fujinishiki, “Toro No sato” by Haginishiki, etc. as well as seasonal limited sake with different names.
As for the “maboroshi” (the ones that disappeared), I keeping updating the list!

Shizuoka City:
1) Chumasa/Yoshiya Brwery (Aoi Ku)/Yoshiya Brewery (also includes: Abekaido, Umifune No Yamahai, Chuemon)
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2) Garyubai/Sanwa Brewery (Shimizu Ku)/Sanwa Brewery (also includes Hagoromo No Mai, Shizugokoro, S-Pulse Brand, Sayo No MaiTesshu, Hoosu)
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3) Haginishiki (Suruga Ku)/Haginishiki Brewery (also includes: Toro No Sato, Minami Alps, Surugayoi)
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4) Kumpai (Suruga Ku)/Kumpai Brewery (also includes: Tenryo No Taki, Meguriai, Shizuka, Daikichi, Kogarashi No Mori, Abe no Shizuku, Ra, Sakura, Tsubaki, Resienkashu, Momiji)
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5) Masuichi (Aoi Ku)/Masuichi Brewery (includes: Tsurugi)
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Ihara Gun, Yui:
6) Eikun/Eikun Brewery (also includes: Sumpu No Takajo, Iroha, Kohaku, Hiyaoroshi, Midori no Eikun)
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7) Shyosetsu/Kamizawagawa Brewery (also includes: Yamda Nishiki, Gin Ginga,Aki Agari)
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Shida Gun:
8) Hatsukame (Okabe)/Hatsukame Brewery (also includes: Arabashiri, Midori, Kame, Okabe Maru, Kame Shirushi, Kiwami 35, Hyogetsu)
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Fujieda City:
9) Kikuyoi/Aoshima Bewery (also includes Matsushitamai 40, Matsushitamai 50)
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10) Shidaizumi/Shidaizumi Brewery (also called Shirasagi, Aoi No Tsuki))
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11) Suginishiki/Sugii Brewery (also includes: Fujimai, Touryuumou, Kinnosuke, Taru no Sake)
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Yaizu City:
12) Isojiman/Isojiman Brewery(also includes: Shumpu, Aiyama)
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Shimada City:
13) Wakatake/Omuraya Brewery (also includes: Nagai Ki No Hashi, Oikawa Han Kajika, Tansei, Suruga Tansei, Aoimiyagi, Suruko, Shizuoka Oden No Sake, Onna Nakase, Shiro, Take no Kaze, Fuuko, Oyakko, Numazu Uogashi Sushi, Rock Sake, Kaon, Aki no Nama Ippon, Najimi, Sanbyakuton, Juubei, Miya no Mizuku, Shiro, Sagaradako, Hanaoto, Totakozen, Yumei no Tsurubashi, Tenbishi, Shimada Juubei, Namikozo, Okinasagi, Rendaikoshi)
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Kikugawa City
14) Matsuwaka/Shiromatsu Brewery (actually buys its sake and sells under its label)
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15) Sayogoromo/Morimoto Brewery (also includes: Sayogoromo No Uta, Kojyo, Aeru No Sato, Sakuretsu Karakuchi, Ma, Shachou No Irasuto, Jizake Koubo-Fujihomare, Sayo no Sanzoku)
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Omaezaki City:
16) Takamatsu/Ishikawa Brewery (includes: En’yotakamatsu) (actually buys its sake and sells under its label)
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Kakegawa City:
17) Aoitenka/Yamanaka Brewery (also includes: Shin’en, Funaseme, Oniaoi, Yokosuka, Yamanaka)
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18) Hagi No Kura/Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery (Hagi No Kura and Soogatsuru were two separate kura in the past, but they have merged although under the direction of Hagi No Kura under a combined name) (includes: Ichitomi, Chiyo)
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19) Kaiun/Doi Brewery (also includes: Iira, Takatenjin, Hasei Shokiji, Sakura Hana, Hana No Ka, Yumejikomi, Enshyuu No Shiki, Kaiun Den, Komotaru, Enshyunada, small cask)
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Iwata City:
20) Senjyu/Senjyu Brewery (also includes: Senjyushirabyoushi, Senjyu Kuromai, Honami, Maiguruma, Sawayaka 16, Blue Bottle, Nadeshiko, Tsurubara, Jubilo Label)
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Fukuroi City:
21) Kokkou/Kokkou Brewery (also includes: Denichiro, Mori no Ishimatsu, Kinzan)
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Hamamatsu City:
22) Chiyomusume/Miyazaki Brewery (actually buys its sake and sells under its label) (ceased operations in October 2007)
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23) Hana No Mai Brewery Hana No Mai Brewery (also inckudes: Hoho, Tsuu, Shizuka No Mai, Yamada Nishiki, Karakkaze, Hikuma No Uta, Keichu, Susono-private label, Enshu no Gin, Ra-Uogashi-private label, Sushi Tetu-private label)
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24) Shusseijyou/Tenjingura-Hamamatsu Brewery (also includes: Ginro, Tenjin,Tobinkakoi, Shussei no Tokuri, Ten, Tengu, Ryu, Mu Jun)
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Fujinomiya City:
25) Chiyo No Mine/Fujimasa Brewery (also includes: Genkotsu, Fuji no Kasagumo, Fuji no Uta, Kin Label, Shiro Label, Hiya, Chiyonomine, Hyoutan Tokkuri)
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26) Shiraito/Makino Brewery (also includes: Fujisan, Shimizu Minato Jirocho, Fuji No Shiraito)
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27) Takasago/Fuji Takasago Brewery (also includes: Tago No Ura, Raku, Soleil, Aragoji, Utafuku, Sunshu Nakaya, Chinkoku No Yama, Kura No Megumi, Homare Fuji)
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Fuji Gun:
28) Fujinishiki/Fujinishiki Brewery (also includes: Ashikubo, Miwa No Sato, Fujigasumi, Homarefuji, Mononofu No sato, Juku, Tokaido Chu, Samutsukuri, Aoi Tokugawa Sandai, Sui, Maboroshi Shiro)
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Numazu City:
29) Izuumi/Watanabe Brewery (also includes Tago No Fuji, Bokusui) izu-no-umi1.jpg izu-no-umi2.jpg

30) Hakuinmasamune/Takashima Brewery (also includes: Shirasago)
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Gotemba City:
31)Kinmei/Negami Brewery (also includes: Fugakusen, Gotemba Wakamizu, Wakajun, Fukotagu, Kintaroo no sato, Izumi no Yakata)
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Izu City:
32) Arabashiri/Bandai Brewery (also includes: Ban’you, Wakitaya, Kuromaizake, Amagi, Fujihomare, Izu no Sato, Arabashiri)
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Notes:

1) Kikugenji (formerly of Toyoo Brewery) even sold in Shuzenji is no longer a Shizuoka sake but from a Nada brewery who bought the name before Toyoo Brewery was absorbed by Bandai Brewery in 2003 to be able to sell in its place of origin!

2) Fuuki in Shimizu City are not a sake brewery but a alcohol brewing and bottling company from the Nada area, although one of their casks is displayed at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City. They represented (and might even still) the biggest oke-gai in the Prefecture.
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3) Hiraki Brewery, although owned by Hiraki Co. Ltd, a Shizuoka Prefecture Company whose main shareholder is Shinya Totsuka, the present mayor of Kakegawa City, is a Brewery from Okayama City. No comments!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 1/6: Morimoto Brewery

May 19, 2008


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It’ s been a while since I could grab a bottle from my favourite Brewery, Morimoto in Kikugawa.
When I saw this particular one in Kakegawa JR Station, I just didn’t hesitate!

Morimoto Brewery: Sayogoromo Tokubetsu Honjozo

Rice milled down to 55% (extravagant)
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in December 2007

Clarity: very clear
Colour: Golden tinge
Aroma: Fruity, biscuits, almonds
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail. Nice alcohol. Fruity and sweetish.
Complex: Almonds, bitter chocolate, bananas.
Drinks well and keeps steady with food.

Overall: Great balance. Sweetish but not overwhelming.
Extravagant for Tokubetsu Honjozo (millage down to 55%!)
Drinks like an ice-cream when chilled!

Shizuoka Izakaya: Shibata

May 12, 2008


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For once, I did not foot the bill (although I tried hard) as I was invited by Mr. Sakurai, an old friend of mine and the sire of a favourite student of mine. Therefore I must admit I do not have a clue to how much the bill amounted to, although the place is fairly reasonable.
Shibata was opened 20 years ago and has already gone through a total renewal in 2003.
It is extremely popular and busy. Reservations are a must on week-ends!
Mr. Sakurai had ordered a set menu (probably the most expensive one, judging from the quality and quantity!). We had only the drinks to worry about!

Like any worthy Izakaya in Shizuoka, Shibata features a good number of Shizuoka Jizake on its menu: Isojiman (Yaizu City), Kokkou (Fukuroi City), Shidaizumi (Fujieda City), Suginishiki (Sugii Brewery/Fujieda City), Kikuyoi (Aoshima Brewery/Fujieda City), Shosetsu (Kansawagawa Brewery,Yui Cho), Kaiun (Doi Brewery/Kakegawa City)!
Before I go through all the morsels I’d better hoot for Rowena, Gaijin Tonic, Foodhoe and Simaldeff to prepare themselves (and call their friends, LOL)!

The “snack” coming with first drinks was a proof of the quality of the establishment: boiled bamboo shoot, grilled clam, shellfish in its shell and broad beans.

But the enormous sashimi plate (for three persons) could have been enough with adequate drinks:
Sazae/Turbo shells in its shell and inides in a small plate. Maguro Chutoro/Tuna Fatty part (right). Awabi/Abalone (small on left). Bottom right, raw Sakuraebi/Sakura Shrimps from Yui Cho and Shirasu/Sardine Whiting from Mochimune. Centre, Uni/Sea Urchin in a cup. Centre left, Shime saba/pickled Mackerel. Bottom left, Aori Ika/Aori Squid and Suzuki/Seabass.

But then, dishes came down at speed (if I had a single criticism to vent, it would be that dishes come too fast!):
Ise Ebi to Kani Gusoku Ni/Spiny Lobster and crab legs in Japanese-style sweetand sour sauce. The lobster is Australian and the crab Russian, but very tasty!

Ooba no Tsutsumi mushi/Clam steamed inside a bamboo leaf. reminiscent of Vietnamese food. Both deicate and fulfilling!

Yuba Chakin

Fish and shellfish in white sauce baked inside yuba/”toofu skin”. A dish that would be appreciated anywhere as you could easily make a vegetarian version! A shame you have to open it!

The last dish before the dessert (sorry I got carried away and forgot to take a pic of the latter!) was a typical Japanese fare: Sawara no kidomeyaki/Large Mackerel variety grilled topped with garnish made with Japanese herbs and spices. and Nasu no Denraku/Egg-plant or Auubergine grilled topped with a sweet miso sauce.

Holy Macaroni! Getting up proved an almost exhausting excersise!

Shibata
420-0034 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tokiwa-cho, 2-5-8
Tel.: 054-251-2405
Business hours: 17:00~23:00
Closed on Sundays

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 18-8: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery

May 12, 2008


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Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery in Hamamatsu City have always been noticed for a certain originality bordering on the maverick side. I’m ceratinly not one to complain!
I had the chance to discover this very limited editio of a brew made from a mixture of old sake/koshu made ten years ago and sake made this year. It is advertised a ” a sake as easy to drink as umeshu”!

Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Mu-Jun
Alcohol: 15.2 degrees
Rice millage: koji kome/fermentation rice-Yamadanishiki, 40%. kake kome/rice-Gohyakumangoku, 60%
Yeast: No 9
Acidity: 1.8
Amino acids: 2.2
Contents: 500 ml
Limited edition: 180 bottles

Clarity: very clear

Colour: golden

Aroma: Fruity, light: apricot, peach, pineapple.

Body: Velvety

Taste: Sweet but not overpowering. Tastes like a sweet white port.
Complex with a lot of fruits: Mikan, apricot, peach.
Short tail. Honey and coffee beans coming out later.
Some welcome acidity and dryness appear later with more mikan.

Overall: A rarity in Shizuoka: a dessert sake! Perfect when drunk slightly chilled.
Drinks well with food whether salted or sweet.
Great with cheese and choclate!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 8/5: Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery

May 12, 2008


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Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery has accomplished a fully-fledged return since their transformation 4 years ago from a moribond Sogatsuru Brewery for the pleasure of all sake lovers.
I decided to taste their Kazutoyo brand name again this year when I found it in Kakegawa JR Station.

Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery: Kazutoyo-Kakegawajo Ginjo
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled (300 ml): November 2007

Clarity: Very clear

Colour: Almost transparent

Aroma: Fruity and sweetish: Melon, bananas

Body: Velvety

Taste: Short tail. Nice alcohol. Very fruity: melon, bananas.
Complex and elegant. Turns a bit drier with food with more almonds and apricots.
Turns sweeter again away from food with a hint of bitter chocolate.

Overall: Drinks well with food. Easy on the palate.
Deserves to be drunk with great food. Very “Shizuoka-style”.
Original balance between sweetnes and dryness.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 19-3: Kokkou Brewery

May 8, 2008


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Brews from Kokkou Brewery in Fukuroi City are not always easy to find, although this particular brewery is very important in Shizuoka Prefecture as it saw the birth and first use of the Shizuoka Yeasts which revolutionized the sake of this Prefecture some 30 years ago!

Kokkou Brewery: Tokubetsu Honjozo

Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled: December 2007

Clarity: Very clear

Colour: Light Golden Tinge

Aroma: Fruity: Nectarine, vanilla

Body: Fluid

Taste: Fruity and dry. Short tail. Melon, Nectarine.
Almonds appear later.
Turns drier with food.
Welcome acidity and alcohol backed up by more melon.

Overall: A sake best suited for food.
Varies very little with food. Very enjoyable

International Shizuoka Sake Lovers Tasting (1)

May 5, 2008


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The “International Shizuoka Sake Lovers” held their first Tasting Session organized in Hamamatsu City on April 30 the 30th by Matthew Ryan and Robert-Gilles Martineau.
We decide to call ourselves such to unify all the budding groups in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Kakegawa and other cities for the sake (sorry for the pun!) of convenience. We also opted to concentrate on a single different Bewery each time to enable our friends to learn all about the Shizuoka Breweries in a more efficient manner.

This first session introduced brews by Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery in Hamamatsu City.


Name: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Shusseijo Tokubetsu Junmai

Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast
Bottled: March 2008
Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Alcohol/Almonds/Light/Floral.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail, but warming/Fruity: almonds/Almost sweet. Turns sweeter with food.

Overall: Solid sake. Goes well with any food.


Name: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Junmai Ginjo

Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15=16 degrees
Botteld: March 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Almonds/Floral/Light
Body: Velvety
Taste: Almonds/Light junmai tingle/Turns sweeter and solid with food. Shortish tail.

Comments: A sake designed for food. Adapts itself to any food. Seems to be a common character from this brewery


Name: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Shusseijo Ginjo Nama

Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled: April 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Almonds/Nama characteristics
Body: Velvety
Taste: Alcohol/Almonds, nuts, melon, bananas/Light tingle. Turns sweeter with food.

Overall: Sold sake. Goes down so well with food. Will actually improve with food!


Name: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Junmai Ginjo Muroka (Unfifiltered) Nama Genshu/As it comes out!

Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled dwon to 50%
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
Bottled: 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Alcohol/Fruity, melon/Dry/”Comes from a distance”
Body: Velvety
Taste: Complex, fruity, pineapple. Spreads further from a short tail.

Overall: Drunk best on its own. Session sake. Elegant. Lots of character!


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