International Shizuoka Sake Lovers Tastings

International Shizuoka Sake Lovers Tastings (1)

The “International Shizuoka Sake Lovers” held their first Tasting Session organized in Hamamatsu City on April 30 the 30th by Matthew Ryan and Robert-Gilles Martineau.
We decide to call ourselves such to unify all the budding groups in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Kakegawa and other cities for the sake (sorry for the pun!) of convenience. We also opted to concentrate on a single different Bewery each time to enable our friends to learn all about the Shizuoka Breweries in a more efficient manner.

This first session introduced brews by Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery in Hamamatsu City.


Name: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Shusseijo Tokubetsu Junmai

Rice: Yamada Nishiki 100%
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast
Bottled: March 2008
Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Alcohol/Almonds/Light/Floral.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail, but warming/Fruity: almonds/Almost sweet. Turns sweeter with food.

Overall: Solid sake. Goes well with any food.


Name: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Junmai Ginjo

Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15=16 degrees
Botteld: March 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Almonds/Floral/Light
Body: Velvety
Taste: Almonds/Light junmai tingle/Turns sweeter and solid with food. Shortish tail.

Comments: A sake designed for food. Adapts itself to any food. Seems to be a common character from this brewery


Name: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Shusseijo Ginjo Nama

Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled: April 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Almonds/Nama characteristics
Body: Velvety
Taste: Alcohol/Almonds, nuts, melon, bananas/Light tingle. Turns sweeter with food.

Overall: Sold sake. Goes down so well with food. Will actually improve with food!


Name: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery: Junmai Ginjo Muroka (Unfifiltered) Nama Genshu/As it comes out!

Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled dwon to 50%
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
Bottled: 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Alcohol/Fruity, melon/Dry/”Comes from a distance”
Body: Velvety
Taste: Complex, fruity, pineapple. Spreads further from a short tail.

Overall: Drunk best on its own. Session sake. Elegant. Lots of character!

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