Archive for November, 2009

Shizuoka Prefecture Sake Tasting Session at the 2009 JALT Conference

November 24, 2009

Who is this guy? LOL

Thanks to the incredible efforts of Etsuko Nakamura and her companion in life, Ted, Japanese Sake, and Shizuoka Sake in particular became a major feature for the first time during the Annual JALT (Japan Association of language Teachers) Conference held again in Shizuoka City at Grandship on November 21st~23rd.

The Shizuoka sake Waiting Team!

The sake events came in two distinctive parts.
On Saturday 21st from 16:30 to 20:00, JALT members and visitors were offered the possibility to choose from 9 different brews (paying 1,000 yen for three different tastings) chosen among the 28 breweries existing in Shizuoka Prefecture:
-Hatsukame Brewery (Okabe-cho): Junmai
-Aoshima Brewery (Fujieda City): Kikuyoi Junmai
-Shidaizumi Brewery (Fujieda City): Junmai Ginjo
-Sugii Brewery (Fujieda City): Suginishiki Junmai Nama Genshu Kin No Kai
-Isojiman Brewery (Yaizu City): Bessen Honjozo
-Doi Brewery (Kakegawa City): kaiun Junmai
-Morimoto Brewery (Kikugawa City): Sayogoromo Kao Label Tokubetsu Honjozo (my favourite!)
-Kokkou Brewery (Fukuroi City): Tokubetsu Junmai
-Kansawagawa Brewery (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Yui): Shosetsu Karakuchi Junmai Homare Fuji
-Fujinishiki Brewery (Shibakawa Cho): Junmai

Drinking in the Dark?

The tasting was a great success.
Incidentally, visitors did not all go for the more famous brands. i wonder why? LOL

On Sunday 22nd, from 16:30 to 20:00, a second tasting session was held. This time the brewers or owners were present. Actually your servant was drafted in to extoll the merits of Eikun as the owner’s daughter had fallen sick on the very morning (no need to say that interpretation was necessary!)!

Do you recognize this gentleman? LOL

This time not only brews were tasted but a full-fledged sale event was organized for visitors who wished to bring these rare sake back home (The JALT Conference attracted no less than 1,600 professionals!):

-Takashima Brewery (Numazu City): Hakuin Masamune (Homarefuji Junmai + Ymahai Junmai + Junmai Daiginjo Tobin Gakoi)
-Eikun Brewery (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Yui): Eikun (Tokubetsu Junmai Hiyaoroshi + Junmai Ginjo Midori no eikun +Daiginjo Tobin Gakoi)
-Kansawagawa Brewery (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku, Yui): Shosetsu (Shosetsu Tokubetsu Junmai + Shosetsu Tokubetsu Honjozo + Daiginjo)
-Hatsukame Brewery (Okabe cho): Hatsukame (Kamejirushi Ginjo + Kamemaru Junmai Ginjo + Daiginjo)
-Isojiman Brewery (Yaizu City): Isojiman (Daiginjo Junmai Emerald)
-Kokkou Brewery (Fukuroi City): Kokkou (Tokubetsu Junmai + Junmai Ginjo Nakgumi + Junmai Daiginjo Tobin Gakoi)
-Aoshima Brewery (Fujieda City): Kikuyoi (Kikuyoi Junmai Ginjo + Junmai Ginjo matsushita mai 50%, organic sake!)
-Sanwa Brewery (Shizuoka City, Shimizu Ku): Garyubai (Garyubai Junma Genshu + Junmai Ginjo Yamada Nishiki)
-Doi Brewery (Kakegawa City): Kaiun (Junmai Hiyaoroshi + Junmai Hana no Kaori Nama)

All the above could be tasted for a mere 1,200 yen!

Courtesy of Shizuoka Shinbun Daily (nOVEMBER 23rd, 2009)

On the same day the local media was lurking around and had a field day with all these “gaijin” who loved their sake and could express their opinions in Japanese!

Once again, Etsuko and Ted, a very big thank you for all the incredible work!

RECOMMENDED RELATED 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
Warren Bobrow
Tokyo Terrace

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 17/9: Sanwa Brewery

November 24, 2009


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It7s been some time I sampled a brew by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku (formerly shimizu City).
Their brand name, Garyubai, created some four years has stuck for good, and almost all brews bear the name.
The particularity of this brewery is that it is the only one in this Prefecture not using the Shizuoka Yeast!

Sanwa Brewery: Garyubai Junmai (Genshu)

Rice: Nihon Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Acidity: 1.4
Bottled in June 2009

Clarity: very clear
Colour: almost transparent
Aroma: Strong alcohol, fruity: bananas, almonds, a memory of bitter chocolate.
Body: velvety
Taste: Soft on the tongue at first, with a strong alcohol attack at the beack of thepalate.
Finishes on a smooth note. shortish tail. complex.
Fruity: almonds, bananas, coffee beans.
Starts almost sweet to finish on a strong dry note with mandarines, more almonds and bitter chocolate.
“Adapts” itself with food well with more facets appearing.

Overall: A sake which is both strong and complex.
Marries well with food.
Its dry fruity taste might become an acquired taste, though.
Even knowing that this brewery does not use the Shizuoka yeast, it is obviously off the beaten tracks in Shizuoka Prefecture.

RECOMMENDED RELATED 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
Warren Bobrow
Tokyo Terrace

Other Regions: Kanagawa Prefecture Sake Breweries

November 17, 2009

Kumazawa Brewery/Shoko

I understand this blog is devoted to sake brewed in Shizuoka Prefecture, but whenever I have the luck to visit other regions in Japan I follow the (somewhat changed) adage: Drink in Roma what Romans drink!

As I go regularly to Yokohama and other parts of Kanagawa Prefecture I make a point to taste their sake with their food!

Kanagawa Prefecture Breweries List:

Ebina City:
Izumibashi Brewery (Izumibashi)

Tsukui Gun:
Shimizu Brewery (Iwao No Izumi)
Kubota Brewery

Isehara City:
Yoshikawa Brewery (Kikuyu)

Ashigaragami Gun:
Seto Brewery
Ishii Brewery

Kawanishiya Brewery/Tanzawayama

Kawanishiya Brewery
Inoue Brewery
Nakazawa Brewery

Atsugi City:

Koganei Breweru/Sakamasu

Koganei Brewery

Shinno City:
Kanei Brewery

Odawara City:
Soda Brewery

Aikou Gun:
Oyatakashi Brewery

Chigasaki City:

Kumazawa Brewery/Shokou

Kumazawa Brewery/Kamakura Shiori

Kumazawa Brewery/Shounan

Kumazawa Brewery (Tensei, Shokou)

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 11/12: Hatsukame Brewery

November 10, 2009


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HATSU-HON

Hatsukame Brewery is the oldest one in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Originally founded in Shizuoka City in the first half of the 17th Century, it moved to its present location in Okabe between Shizuoka City and Yaizu City during the Meiji Era.
It has also becomethe repository of sake history in Shizuoka Prefecture,thanks to its present owner, an ardent archivist!

Hatsukame Brewery

Honjozo, Muroka (unfiltered), Nama (unpasteurized), Genshu (unaltered)

Rice milled down to 63%
Dryness: +6.0
Acidity: 1.7
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
Bottled on March 5th, 2009

Clarity: very clear
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Strong, sweetish, fruity, bananas
Body: velevety
Taste: Strong attack. Complex. Shortish tail.
Nice alcohol influence. Dry and fruity: banana, coffee beans, pineapple.
Turns drier with food.
Take a trun for a dry road with the second glass with almonds and more coffee beans.

Overall: A strong and complex sake, which takes you by surprise.
Great with any food!

RECOMMENDED RELATED 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
Warren Bobrow
Tokyo Terrace

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 26/7: Eikun Brewery

November 10, 2009


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EIKUN-TOJ

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!

Eikun Brewery

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!

RECOMMENDED RELATED 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
Warren Bobrow
Tokyo Terrace


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