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Shizuoka sake Tasting 25/5: Aoshima-Kikuyoi Brewery

February 24, 2009


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All but for its limited size, Aoshima Brewery has achieved a deserved fame all over Japan as recently demonstrated in the widely read DANCYU magazine. Densaburo (Masterbrewer name) Aoshima has the particularity to speak fluent English as he holds a business management degree from an American University. Interestingly enough, he does not export his sake yet.

Aoshima Brewery: Kikuyoi Ginjo
Rice: Yamada Nishiki Ginga
Rice milled down to 50%
Dryness: +6~+9
Acidity: 1.1~1.4
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast
Oigawa Southern Alps Spring Water
Rcommended to be drunk at 12 degrees
Bottled in January 2009
No 1101 (Mr. Aoshima numbers all his bottles for tracing back)

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Fruity and dry: flowers, pears, vanilla
Body: Velvety
Taste: Light but dry attack. Disappears quickly.
Well-rounded. Complex.
Fruity and flowery. Pineapple, almonds, faint vanilla and pears.
Elegant with a dry deep quick finish backed by almonds and nuts.
Combines well with food. tends to turn drier with food.

Overall: A deep elegant sake!
No wonder it i making so many converts all over Japan!
Stands so well to food without losing any of its character.
Fleeting multi-faceted, typical Shizuoka sake.

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

The Last Bottle 5/1?: Yoshiya Brewery

February 23, 2009


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As Yoshiya Brewery has officially ceased operations this month, I acquired a few of their bottles for posterity, at least for the sake of his retired Masterbrewer Harushu Nakashima!

Yoshiya Brewery: Abekaido, Tokubetsu Honjozo

Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: +5~+8
Acidity: 1.0~1.3
Bottled in February 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Very dry. Fruity: banana, bitter chocolate
Body: Velvet~fluid
Taste: Dry and soft. Gentle on the palate. Shortish tail.
Fruity: bananas, pineapple, hints of almonds and oranges.
Turns pleasantly drier with the next sip.
Stays dry and takes a back seat to food with a late appearance by bitter chocolate and coffee beans.

Overall: Pleasant dry sake typical of Yoshiya Brewery.
Probably best enjoyed on its own, but will provide excellent balance to food with its dryness.
For dry sake lovers!

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

February 2009: Shizuoka Breweries News (the good and the not so good)

February 23, 2009


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Greetings, everyone!

There have been some changes (very) recently in Shizuoka
Prefecture.

In Kakegawa City, the cousin of Haginishiki Brewery owner in Shizuoka City has decided to part ways with Sogatsuru Brewery to fly on his own wings.
The new brewery will be called Hagi no Kura Brewery from April instead of Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery. It will also move to a new locale in Kakegawa City.
To be completely independent Hagi no Kura bought Yoshiya Brewery’s license In Shizuoka City. They also acquired all “Chumasa” brand sake, which they will sell under its name. There is a chance that Chumasa brand name will be continued.

As for Yoshiya Brewery, the owner’s “official reason” for ceasing operations is Mr.Nakashima’s, their Nanbu bremaster, physical incapacity to continue brewing. The brewery owner avered that he was not ready to have sake made by anybody else.
Upon investigation, the real reason is that no one in the family is interested in preserving 250 years of history and is more interested in money. The owner is notorious for his love of golf and Mercedes Benz,… His wife has made it secret she did not like being tied by business,… They sold all their equipment to Hagi no Kura Brewery and are now renting their land,…

As for Sogatsuru Nrewery, they have ceased making sake, but are still keeping their license. Maybe someone will be interested,…

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 4/9: Kumpai Brewery

February 9, 2009


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Kumpai Brewery is a minuscule kura run by father and son that nonetheless produces incredibly good sake for such a little volume. Melinda, Etsuko and Tim, who recently visited it will be reminded of a good time she shared together!

Kumpai Brewery: “Abe no Shizuku”, Junmai Ginjo Nama
Rice: Yamada Nishiki 11%, Biyama Nishiki 88%
Rice milled down to 50%
Dryness: -2 (very sweet for Shizuoka)
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in January 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Golden tinge
Aroma: Fresh and strong. Sweetish. Fruity: licorice, star anise, oranges
Body: Velvety
Taste: Soft attack backed up by pleasant alcohol.
Disappears quickly. Soft junmai tingle. Nama characteristics weaker than expected.
Fruity: Star anise, oranges, gum.
Very pleasant and easy to drink. Feminine.
Coffee beans making a late appearance with second sip.

Overall: Comparatively sweet for a Shizuoka sake, although very light, pleasant and fleeting.
Stands up very well to food.
Could definitely be appreciated chilled as an aperitif. or as a digestif at room temperature on its own.
Great with chocolate or blue cheese!

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 1/8: Morimoto Brewery

February 9, 2009


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Mr. Morimoto in Kikugawa City shows his individuality as far as his Brewery is concerned. He actually calls it “Koubou”, that is “Factory”
Despite this appellation, he ptoduces some extraordinary nectars!

Morimoto Brewery: Jizake Kobou, Sayogoromo, Junmai Shiboritate Genshu (unaltered)
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Dryness: + 4.0
Acidity: 1.9 (high for Shizuoka)
Bottled in January 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour:Transparent
Aroma: Powerful. Alcohol. Fruity: pineapple. Memories of licorice.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Softer attack than expected. Well-rounded. Shortish tail. Complex. Fruity: pineapple, vanilla, bananas, bitter chocolate. Junmai tingle mellowing into a dry finish.
Unusual but welcome acidity for a Shizuoka sake.

Overall: A soft, well-rounded sake in spite of high alcohol.
Becoming more complex with the next glass. Need for second and third glass to really appreciate.
Characteristic sake from a maverick brewer!

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 19/6: Kokkou Brewery

February 9, 2009


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It’s been some time since I tasted a brew from Kokkou Brewery in Fukuroi City. Not easy to find, it is nonetheless imperative I taste one as this is the first brewery to use the Shizuoka yeast.

Kokkou Brewery: Junmai Ginjo, Den-Ichiro “Tezukuri/Handmade” Nama (unpasteurized)
Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Yeast: Shizuoka HD-1
Dryness: +7
Acidity: 1.2
Amino acids: 1.1
Bottled in January 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Soft, fruity: banana, vanilla, faint oranges
Body: Velvety
Taste: Dry attack, Shortish tail. Complex. Fruity: banana, coffee beans, bitter chocolate. Faint junmai tingle.
Elegant, almost feminine in spite of high dryness.
Turns even drier with second sip with an increased appearance by the coffee beans and bitter chocolate.

Overall: A typical sake from Kokkou Brewery.
Soft, discreet, almost feminine.
A sake fitter for a tasting session than for a meal.
Best drunk at room temperature.

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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