Archive for January, 2013

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Negami Brewery-Kanou Kinmei Junmai Ginjo

January 31, 2013

SN3O3166

You do have to be on the lookout for limited brews with Negami Brewery in Gotemba City as they tend come and go very quickly, and unless you have the chance to know the brewer personally like my my lucky self, they will pass by you without notice!

SN3O3167

This brew is particularly interesting as it experiments with Omachi rice from Okayama prefecture and Hattan 55 Rice from Hiroshima Prefecture, and this with the water and yeast of Shizuoka prefecture!

SN3O3168

Rice: Omachi & Hattan 55
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: + 2
Acidity: 1.4
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in October 2012

Clarity: very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Assertive. Dry and fruity. Melon, banana.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Strong and fruity attack with lovely dry junmai petillant warming u back of the palate.
Complex and elegant.
Lingers on only for a little while.
Melon, oranges, with notes of sweet lemon.
Begins on a sweetish note to quickly revert onto very fruity dryness.
Changes little with food although takes on an even drier turn.
Eminently enjoyable away from food as well as any time during a repast.

Overall: An elegant and rare sake typical of Negami Brewery.
A sake that elegantly invites you for more intriguing exploration.
Would please ladies and gentlemen alike.
I would definitely it for a special private tete a tete!

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, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, 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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Omuraya Brewery-Tokubetsu Junmai Nama sake-Oni Otome Namida

January 11, 2013

SN3O3140

This is the fourth and “last” of a new series of limited sake created by Omuraya Brery in Shimada City every season on the theme of “Oni Otome/鬼乙女/Goblin Lady as the brewery felt that the Oni/鬼/Goblin they were killing everyday with their famous brand “Oni Gorosjhi/鬼殺し/Killing a Goblin” well deserved a companion!

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“Namida/涙” stands for “Tears”, obviously Joy tears from the Oni Otome dressed all in white as if for a wedding with her beloved Oni!
But don’t trust her! She is a devious and eminently dangerous lady!
No wonder as it is a “nama”, non-pasteurised sake!

SN3O3142

Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 16 degrees
Dryness: + 1.0
Acidity: 1.3
Amino Acids: 1.1
Bottled in December 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Discreet, dry and fruity. Banana
Body: fluid
Taste: Dry and fruity attack back with junmai petillant.
Oranges.
Disappears fairly quickly.
Complex and elegant and eminently enjoyable.
Varies little with food except for an accentuated dryness.
Actually marries well with food and improves accordingly.
Shows more facets with further sips including coffee beans.

Overall: A beautiful sake which marries well with food in spite of its fairly elevated status.
Perfect with izakaya cuisine and heavy food.
Especially appreciated by ladies. No wonder!

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, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, 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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Fuji Yakasago Brewery-Limited Edition-Kotobuki

January 11, 2013

SN3O3126

Every year Fuji Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City has the interesting habit of producing a limited brew called “Kotobuki/寿?, meaning “Congratulations” with “leftovers of different brew concocted during the year.
Actually it is a very happy blend of sake difficult to classify but eminently enjoyable, the more for it that it is limited!
Note the character 寿/kotobuki/congratulations has been designed in the shape of a Snake as 2103 is the Year of the Snake!

SN3O3127

Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: + 5.0
Bottled in November 21012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Light golden hue
Aroma: Light and fruity. Melon
Body: Fluid
Taste: Well-rounded fruity attack with beautiful alcohol warming up back of the palate.
Disappears quickly.
Very fruity in spite of its announced dryness.
Complex. Nutty flavor almost exploding on the tongue.
Almonds, dark chocolate, macadamia nuts.
Tends to become even drier with plenty of almonds popping up at the back of the palate after a few sips.

Overall: Very easy to drink and more elegant than expected!
Great with food, although could actually be enjoyed on its own as a chilled aperitif or a night cap!
Would greatly marry with cheese!

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, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, 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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City


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