Archive for September, 2012

Sake Brewery Tours

September 25, 2012

Sake Brewery Tours are 5-day excursions into the world of sake brewing, drinking, and enjoyment, featuring an exclusive seminar with respected expert and author, Mr. John Gauntner. Tour of the breweries and dinners with the brewers truly open doors to the new insights to the brewing tradition. Enjoy sumptuous cuisine, luxurious yet quiet
relaxing time at hot springs, and excursions to fantastic cultural highlights.

In 2013, our special excursions take you to experience the best of the snow country in Akita, and to really immerse yourself in the ancient capitals of Japan in the Kansai region.

Register before November 30, 2012 and mention Shizuoka Sake to get a special discount.

Akita: February 23 – 27, 2013 (Saturday – Wednesday) 4 nights/5 days
Take this opportunity to enjoy the best of the snow country, Akita.
Meet the sake brewers, savor simple inaka-style Akita cuisine, and soak in onsen. Some very memorable experiences you will find only with us are: a visit to a brewer’s private historic estate; hands-on soba
making experience at a historic sake brewery; memorable private music performance; and more. On the last day, simply relax at the rustic hot springs in the deep snow far away from the city.
Breweries: (Yuki no Bosha, Ama no To, Mansaku no Haha/Manabito, Kariho)
Get Details: http://www.saketours.com/akita2013.html

Kansai: (Kyoto, Nara, Shiga) March 4 – 8, 2013 (Monday – Friday) 5 nights/5 days
Experience Kansai through the lives of people who have devoted themselves to perfecting ancient traditions. Unlike regular tours, we will meet and discuss sake, food, pottery, and the art and culture of Buddhism with those who know it best. From our base in Kyoto, we will have day excursions in the city and out to neighboring Nara and Shiga.
Explore historic small towns most people have never heard of!
In addition to a chance to visit sake breweries during the brewing season, our special excursions include: a taste of three culinary traditions that are very close, yet, distinctive to each area; sake vessel seminar with Robert Yellin and visits to pottery studios; a different view of Japan’s spiritual backbone through the sacred Goma
fire ceremony at a mountain temple.
Breweries: Tsuki no Katsura, Shichihon Yari, Harushika)
http://www.saketours.com/kansai2013.html
Please visit http://saketours.com for tour information. Group size is
limited to 12.

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento,Adventures in Bento Making, American Bent, Beanbento, Bento No, Bento Wo Tsukurimashou, Cooking Cute, Eula, Hapabento , Happy Bento, Jacki’s Bento Blog, Kitchen Cow, Leggo My Obento, Le Petit Journal Bento & CO (French), Lunch In A Box,
Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, The Herbed Kitchen, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Cooking Cute, Timeless Gourmet, Bento Bug, Ideal Meal, Bentosaurus, Mr. Foodie (London/UK), Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Suruga Brewery-Tenko-Choo Karakuchi Natsu Ki Gentei Genshu + 21

September 25, 2012

Suruga Brewery in Shizuoka City like some other breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture tends to come up with limited brews with very long names!
Tenko is the name of Suruga Brewery’s main brand.
“Choo Karakuchi” means it is a very dry sake.
“Natsu Ki Gentei” stands for “limited Summer Brew”.

Now “Genshu” means a sake to which no pure water was not blended.
Since it is also a junmai, no pure rice alcohol was added either.
“+21″ stands for the dryness level.
Extremely dry, indeed!

Rice: Biyama Nishiki
Rice milled down to 55%
Yeast: Association No 901
Alcohol: 19~20 degrees
Dryness: ; 21
Acidity: 2.7
Bottled in June 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: very light golden hue
Body: fulid, sirupy
Aroma: Strong and complex. Alcohol. Dry. Fruity: banana
Taste: Strong attack backed up by puissant junmai p@etillant, very dry at first, then smooth and sirupy in spite of its dryness.
Complex. Banana, almonds, macadamia nuts.
Lingers for a short while with a lot of junmai petillant with almonds lurking on the palate.
Changes very little with food.

Overall: A very dry sake, indeed, although not as aggressive as expected thanks to its comlexity.
Marries perfectly with any food, even sushi!
Another sake I would take to nay house party or BBQ!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento,Adventures in Bento Making, American Bent, Beanbento, Bento No, Bento Wo Tsukurimashou, Cooking Cute, Eula, Hapabento , Happy Bento, Jacki’s Bento Blog, Kitchen Cow, Leggo My Obento, Le Petit Journal Bento & CO (French), Lunch In A Box,
Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, The Herbed Kitchen, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Cooking Cute, Timeless Gourmet, Bento Bug, Ideal Meal, Bentosaurus, Mr. Foodie (London/UK), Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Oomuraya Brewery-Wakatake-Oni Otome Sachi-Tokubetsu Junmai

September 25, 2012

Oumuraya Brewery in Shimada City has been long famed for its “Oni Goroshi/Kill the Goblin” sake brand.
This year they felt that Oni/Goblins should not be confined to males only!
So they came with cute “Oni-Otome/Lady Goblin” series obciously to kill the sake lovers!
This the thrid one actually, brown color atfer the previous pink and blue labes. A fourth white labl will appear next winter!

Incidentally “Sahi” means “Dry” in this case!

Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: ; 1
Acidity: 1.3
Amino acids: 1.2
Bottled in September 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Discreet, fleeting. Pineapple, oranges
Body: Fluid
Taste: Dry and fruity attack backed up with alcohol and junmai petillant
Lingers for a while getting even drier with pleasant alcohol warming up the back of the palate.
Complex and fruity.
Almonds, dark chocolate, macadamia nuts followed by drier almonds and faint coffee beans.
For all its sweetish start as indicated + 1 level, the transition to dryness is very accentuated and lasting.
Changes little with food. except with a little rise in sweetness with more coffee beans appearing.
Drinks easily with any food.
Tends to become more complex just after food with new facets.

Overall: A great sake to enjoy with any food, especially izakaya gastronomy.
Changes little with food.
Very pleasurable on its own.
Another sake fit for any food or party.
And that label is so cute!
Kill me with love and sake!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento,Adventures in Bento Making, American Bent, Beanbento, Bento No, Bento Wo Tsukurimashou, Cooking Cute, Eula, Hapabento , Happy Bento, Jacki’s Bento Blog, Kitchen Cow, Leggo My Obento, Le Petit Journal Bento & CO (French), Lunch In A Box,
Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, The Herbed Kitchen, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Cooking Cute, Timeless Gourmet, Bento Bug, Ideal Meal, Bentosaurus, Mr. Foodie (London/UK), Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sugii Brewery-Kin No Suke Junmai Natsu Shibori Nakatori Genshu Kimoto Shikomi

September 1, 2012

Sugii Brewery in Fujieda City makes nectars not only famous all over Japan but also comes with very detailed titles for them!
Alright, let’s go through some explanations:
Kin no Suke/きんの介 is the name of that particular series of sake.
Junmai/純米 means no pure sake alcohol was blended in.
Natsu Shibori/夏搾り means it was pressed in the summer

Nakatori/中取り means only the sake in the middle of the pressing was used.
Genshu/原酒 means that there was no pure water added to lower the alcohol level.

Kimoto Shikomi/生もと仕込み basically means that the whole process was done the traditional natural way.

Rice: Blended rice
Rice milled down to 70%
Dryness: + 6
Acidity: 1.7
Yeast: Association No 7
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
Bottled in July 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Golden hue
Aroma: Strong attack backed with pleasant alcohol. Fruity: Banana, vanilla.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Very dry soft attack in spite of strong and pleasant alcohol.
Disappears quickly on an even drier note.
Complex: Almonds, nuts, greens.
Varies little and stays dry with food. Dark chocolate appears later.
Very reminiscent of sake I used to drink a very long time ago.
Turns sweetish with vinegared foods. Dark chocolate and coffee beans appear with salty foods.

Overall: Another sake obviously conceived to enjoy food!
Although varies little with food, tends to show some very interesting facets depending on the dish.
Definitely takes on a sweeter note for a while just away from food.
Both straightforward and complex, a sake to enjoy with izakaya gastronomy!


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