Archive for March, 2009

The Last Bottle 5/2?: Yoshiya Brewery

March 30, 2009


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chumasa-chuhei

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: Chuuhei, Tokubetsu Honjozo
Rice milled down to 55% (extravagant!)
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Dryness: + 17 (very dry!)
Acidity: 1.3
Bottled in December 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Faint golden tinge
Aroma: Powerful. Fruity: vanilla, bitter chocolate.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Very dry and fruity attack. Pleasant alcohol. Shortish tail. Vanilla, almonds, bitter chocolate. Very dry finish with coffee beans.

Overall: A sake fit for food, especially heavy food.
Very elegant in spite of powerful 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

21st Shizuoka Governor Sake Competition Results

March 23, 2009


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There were a few surprises and confirmation at this year’s 21st Governor Sake Competition.
Some breweries did not participate and others were not given the “accololade”.
Such Competitions can be misleading though. The breweries do have to follow some parameters, meaning that adventurous breweries do not get enough recognition. Well, there are enough “politics” already, so I’ll just publish the results:

Ginjo Section:

Governor’s First Prize: Kaiun by Doi Brewery

Gold Medals:
Kokkou by Kokkou Brewery
Isojiman by Isojiman Brewery
Shosetsu by Kansawagawa Brewery
Suginishiki by Sugii Brewery
Kikuyoi by Aoshima Brewery
Eikun by Eikun Brewery
Haginishiki by Haginishiki Brewery
Aoitenka by Yamanaka Brewery
Shusseijyo by Hamamatsu Brewery
Shiraito by Makino Brewery
Sogatsuru Hagi no Kura by Sogatsuru Hagi No Kura Brewery
Masu Ichi by Masu Ichi Brewery
Hana no Mai by Hana no Mai Brewery
Wakatake by Oumuraya Brewery
Takasago by Fuji-Takasago Brewery

Junmai Section:

Governor’s first prize: Suginishiki by Sugii Brewery

Gold Medals:
Kaiun by Doi Brewery
Kokkou by Kokkou Brewery
Shosetsu by Kansawagawa Brewery
Fujinishiki by Fujinishiki Brewery
Hana no Mai by Hana no Mai Brewery
Kikuyoi by Aoshima Brewery
Isojiman by Isojiman Brewery
Haginishiki by Haginishiki Brewery
Senju by Senju Brewery
Takasago by Fuji-Takasago Brewery
Shiraito by Makino Brewery
Shusseijyo by Hamamatsu Brewery
Masu Ichi by Masu Ichi Brewery
Wakatake by Oumuraya Brewery
Shidaizumi by Shidaizumi Brewery
Aoitenka by Yamanaka Brewery

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Must-see tasting websites:
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-Wine: Palate To Pen
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 17/8: Sanwa Brewery

March 18, 2009


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My good friend Mr. Nagashima of Nagashima Liuor Shop came up with an unusual bottle by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
It bore a very difficult Japanese name to read, “origarami”, basically meaning “melting”. The bottle was not on display yet.

Sanwa Brewery: Garyuubai Origarami Junmai Ginjo (nigori) Nama Genshu (talk of a long title!)

Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: +4
Acidity: 1.4
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in January 2009

Clarity: Very clear when lees are “down”
Color: Slightly smoky white when shaken. Transparent when lees are “down”.
Aroma: Light and dry. Fruity: pineapple
Body: Velvety
Taste: Strong attack backed up by strong alcohol and a lot of acidity due to white lees.
More complex than expected.
Fruity: pineapple, apples.
Long tail. Almonds, vanilla, star anise and coffee beans appearing later.
Acidity lingers in the back of the mouth for a long time.

Overall: An acquired taste, but more pleasant than expected.
Drinks quickly, so must be better than I first thought!

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 28/4: Fujimasa Brewery

March 18, 2009


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I was recently given a bottle by Fujimasa Brewery In Fujinomiya City.
As I’m not one to refuse a bottle, I gladly accepted and drank (tasted) it!

Fujimasa Brewery: Nama Sake
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in May 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: transparent
Aroma: Fruity: banana, pineapple
Body: Velvety
Taste: Solid attack. Shortish tail. Warming up back of the mouth.
Fruity: banana, pineapple, bitter chocolate, coffee beans.
More complex than expected.
Dry finish with almonds and coffee beans.
Stands well to food

Comments: Unexpectedly elegant for a nama futsushu!
Very clean and fruity.
Turns quickly drier.
A sake for 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 11/11: Hatsukame Brewery

March 2, 2009


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Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe Cho has a new young Masterbrewer of the Noto School after the retirement of his predecessor, of the Noto School too. Not only this new toji is good, he also happens to be comparatively young and eligible. I shan’t be surprised if he married one of the owner’s three daughters soon!

Hatsukame Brewery: “Kame Maru” Junmai Ginjo Nama (unpasteurized)
Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture) 100%
Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: +0 (sweet by Shizuoka standards)
Acidity: 1.4
Bottled in January 2009

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Powerful and sweet. Complex and fruity: banana, vanilla, pineapple, cherries, kumquat.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Well-rounded attack. Shortish tail. Junmai and nama combine into a pleasant tingle in the back of the mouth.
Fruity: bananas, almonds.
Sweetish at first. Ends up with pleasant dry finish.
Stands well to food.

Overall: Typical sake from Hatsukame Brewery.
Sweetish for shizuoka. Very nice and complex.
The type of sake you can drink chilled, or at room temperature with food.
Very elegant in spite of its sweetness.
Calls for another sip!

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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