Archive for January, 2009

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 8/12: Sogatsuru-hagi no Kura Brewery

January 20, 2009


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sogatsuru-blend

This is an extraordinary story and sake!
Four years ago, the near defunct Sogatsuru Brewery in Kakegawa City was resurected thanks to a dispute between two cousins at Haginishiki Brewery in Shizuoka City to become Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery.
Despite the long lay-off, unsold sake had been carefully stored at under 5 degrees Celsius all the time.
For the pleasure of a very few lucky ones (like me!), the brewery has decided to blend the best three of this true vintage sake (all of the same method and ingredients!) into an extremely rare nectar!
It goes without saying that this sake is in fact the jewel of a bygone era!

Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery (Sogatsuru Brewery in fact!): Daiginjo Genshu Blend

Sake blend:
1991, 12%. 1994, 38%. 1996, 50%.

Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 40%
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Blended and bottled in June 2008

Clarity: Very clear (extraordinary quality!)
Colour: light golden tinge (very little colour for such old sake!)
Aroma: Fruity: bitter chocolate, coffee beans, memories of vanilla. Discreet and pleasant.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Very fruity. Complex. Elegant. Extremely pleasant.
Bitter chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla.
Shortish tail.
Mandarines and almonds peeking through with the second sip.
Sweetish with a faint dry finish.

Overall: The word “extraordinary” would be an understatement!
Should be drunk like a great sweet wine or old Port.
As a superlative aperitif? Even better, with the cheese or chocolates at the end of a great meal!
Very limited in quantity unfortunately.
At the same price, no wine could compete!

Must-see tasting websites:
-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

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 12/4: Haginishiki Brewery

January 20, 2009


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Haginishiki Brewery in Shizuoka City is one of those breweries who “keep quiet” and still manage to produce high-quality brews that regularly wins national accolades.
This particular was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2008 National Sake Tasting Competition!

Haginishiki Brewery: Daiginjo Genshu (no water added)

Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 40%
Dryness: +5
Acidity: 1.3
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Bottled in December 2008
Limited edition

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Sweetish. Fruity: bananas, licorice with a faint persimmon back note.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Well-rounded. Nice alcohol back-up. Shortish tail. Complex
Fruity: bananas, licorice, oranges.
Pleasantly warms up back of the mouth with memories of coffee beans and bitter chocolate.
Holds well with food.
Drunk as “nurukan/about 40 degrees Celsius”, it is surprisingly faithful and pleasant with oranges making an appearance.

Overall: Very gentle and elegant for such a powerful sake.
For true strong sake lovers!
Great with food or on its own.
Reveals new facets when lightly warmed.
Another discovery!

Must-see tasting websites:
-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

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 16/8: Sugii Brewery

January 20, 2009


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sugii-tara-2008

Sugii Brewery in Fujieda City has a habit of producing all kinds of “limited brews” every year that officionados are competing to buy within a day or two just after it has been put out!
This particular brand has just been bottled directly form a wooden cask (instead of the usual metal vats).

Sugii Brewery: Junmai Taru (wooden cask) Sake/2009 Special brew
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in December 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Soft and fruity, well-rounded, junmai characteristics. Banana, almonds
Body: Velvety~fluid
Taste: Dry attack. Well-rounded. Complex. Shortish tail.
Ends with welcome acidity and more bananas.
Junmai tingle getting stronger with food.

Overall: Elegant, almost discreet, and complex although fleting.
Great with food of any kind.
Varies very little with food.

Must-see tasting websites:
-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

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 14/7: Shidaizumi Brewery

January 20, 2009


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As I said before, Shidaizumi Brewery in Fujieda City is blessed with the water from Setogawa River, which, for all its limited size, is considered as the provider for the best river underground water in Shizuoka Prefecture.
This brew is the annual “Kura Dashi Ichiban/First Brew of the Year” (that is starting from winter 2008/2009)

Shidaizumi Brewery: Kura Dashi Ichiban, Honjozo, Nama (unpasteurized), Genshu (no water added)

Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture), 93%, Gohyakumangoku, 7%
Rice milled down to 60%
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast New-5
Dryness: +6
Acidity: 1.4
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
Bottled in December 2008

Clarity: very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: fruity, banana, vanilla, alcohol
Body: Velvety
Taste: Strong attack backed by powerful alcohol.
Warms up back of the mouth and throat.
Shortish tail.
Complex, fruity. Banana, vanilla, mandarines.
Gentler on second sip, especially with food.

Overall: Typical Honjozo from Shidaizumi Brewery. At 60% millage, simply extravagant!
Splendid and so reliable with food, especially of the heavy variety.
More complex than expected, although such a fine millage should warrant for elegance in spite of high alcohol contents.

Must-see tasting websites:
-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

Sake Fundamentals Workshop in Tokyo on January 17th! (Melinda Joe)

January 8, 2009


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Tokyo residents or visitors are so lucky!

On January 17th (Saturday, 14:00) join Melinda Joe and Japanese food expert Elizabeth Andoh, author of award-winning cookbook Washoku, for the first installation of our Sake Fundamentals workshop! In this session, we’ll talk about sake production, grades of sake, and pairing. Find out what separates a honjozo from a daiginjo, how to choose the right sake for your food, and much, much more. You’ll have the chance to taste five wonderful sake, along with Andoh-sensei’s delicious Japanese home-cooking. You only have a week to sign up, so get cracking.

More sessions on February 7th and March 7th! Check calendar!

Must-see tasting websites:
-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


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