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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Yamanaka Brewery-Aoitenka Toubinkoi Muroka Junmai Ginjo

March 5, 2012

Yamanaka Brewery i not easy to access as it is far away from Kakegawa Station near the sea and one can reach only by bus, car and bicycle (not from Shizuoka City for the latter!)!
It is a fairly small establishement, although very well known, the more for it that its neighbour is the famous soy sauce brewery, Sakae!

This particular bottle was extravagant for many reasons.
The decoration was very original in the sense that the label on the bottle is actually made of cloth!
Coming into a great box with plenty of explanations, both the bottle and box are worth a collector’s attention.

The contents were also absolutely extravagant:
The real title is Yamanaka Shuzo/Yamanak Brewery, Aointenka (sake name), Tobinkoi (sake extracted drop by drop by being left hanging into sacke inside the tank and into a large glass jar), Muroka (unfiltered), Junami Ginjo (high premium with no alcohol added), Genshu (no pure water added), the whole meaning a completely untouched sake brew!

Now for the details:
Rice: Yamada Nishiki from Hyogo Prefecture
Rice milled down to 48% (high dai ginjo level!)
Yeast: 1401
Dryness: +2
Acidity: 1.7
Alcohol: 16~17 gegrees
Bottled in July 2010

Clarity: very clear
Colour: transparent
Aroma: Slghtly dry and very fruity. Almonds, coconuts with notes of pineapple. Extremely pleasant
Body: fluid
Taste: Very complex and fruity. Extremely pleasant and sophisticated.
Dry and fruity. Junmai petillant spreading over the back of the palate. Lingers on only a little.
Dry almonds, pineapple with hints of banana and vanilla.
Finishes on a very dry almond note, but turns a little sweetish with food. Later on reveals faint notes of dark chocolate and cofee beans.

Overall: Simply extravagant, although its pricetag is ridiculously cheap (that is for that quality!). The rice millage would be of another plane elsewhere!
Sophisticated, lmost “feminine” in spite of high alcohol content.
Best appreciated lightly chilled or at room temperature.
Personally the best aperitif one can come across!

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!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Yamanaka Brewery-Aoitenka Junmai Hyakumangoku Rice

February 22, 2012

Yamanaka Brewery is a small, ancient and traditional brewery lost a long way south of Kakegawa Station and it is not easy to find their brews even in Shizuoka City. Luckily enough I happened to find this sake made with Hyakumangoku rice grown in Shizuoka Prefecture!

Rice: Hyakumangoku (Shizuoka-grown)
Milled down to: 65%
Dryness: +2.0
Acidity: 1.4
Yeast: Association No 1001
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in June 2010

Clarity: very clear
Color: transparent
Aroma: fruity, light, banana, chocolate, vanilla, hints of pineapple
Body: fluid
Taste: Dry soft attack with junmai petillant.
Complex and fruity: chocolate, coffee beans, banana.
Quickly disappears with notes of almonds.
Gets drier with food.
Easy to drink.

Overall: A sake for all seasons.
Very fruity, dry and soft.
Actually quite complex and showing more facets than expected.
A sure value!

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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!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 24/5: Yamanaka Brewery-Aoitenka Toubinkoi Muroka Junmai Ginjo

October 4, 2010

Yamanaka Brewery i not easy to access as it is far away from Kakegawa Station near the sea and one can reach only by bus, car and bicycle (not from Shizuoka City for the latter!)!
It is a fairly small establishement, although very well know, the more for it that its neighbour is the famous soy sauce brewery, Sakae!

This particular bottle was extravagant for many reasons.
The decoration was very original in the sense that the label on the bottle is actually made of cloth!
Coming into a great box with plenty of explanations, both the bottle and box are worth a collector’s attention.

The contents were also absolutely extravagant:
The real title is Yamanaka Shuzo/Yamanak Brewery, Aointenka (sake name), Tobinkoi (sake extracted drop by drop by being left hanging into sacke inside the tank and into a large glass jar), Muroka (unfiltered), Junami Ginjo (high premium with no alcohol added), Genshu (no pure water added), the whole meaning a completely untouched sake brew!

Now for the details:
Rice: Yamada Nishiki from Hyogo Prefecture
Rice milled down to 48% (high dai ginjo level!)
Yeast: 1401
Dryness: +2
Acidity: 1.7
Alcohol: 16~17 gegrees
Bottled in July 2010

Clarity: very clear
Colour: transparent
Aroma: Slghtly dry and very fruity. Almonds, coconuts with notes of pineapple. Extremely pleasant
Body: fluid
Taste: Very complex and fruity. Extremely pleasant and sophisticated.
Dry and fruity. Junmai petillant spreading over theback of the palate. Lingers on only a little.
Dry almonds, pineapple with hints of banana and vanilla.
Finishes on a very dry almond note, but turns a little sweetish with food. Later on reveals faint notes of dark chocolate and cofee beans.

Overall: Simply extravagant, although its pricetag is ridiculously cheap (that is for that quality!). The rice millage would be of another plane elsewhere!
Sophisticated, lmost “feminine2 in spite of high alcohol content.
Best appreciated lightly chilled or at room temperature.
Personally the best aperitif one can come across!

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!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 8/13: Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery-Kazutoyo

June 3, 2010

This could very well be the last bottle I drink from Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery in Kakegawa City as Hagi No Kura Brewery has definitely left Sogatsuru after buying Yoshiya Brewery’s license and moved to Shizuoka City this April although they could have done it last year!

Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery, “Kazutoyo” kakegawajyo/Kakegawa Castle Junmai Ginjo

Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Rice milled down to 55%
Bottled in March 2003

Clarity: very clear
Colour: transparent
Aroma: Fruity. Alcohol. Pineapple, banana.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Fruity and soft attack backed up with junmai petillant.
Dissipates quickly.
Complex. Almonds, nuts with memories of banana and coconuts.
Dry finish. Welcome acidity.
Holds its well with any food.

Overall: Despite its ginjo level, a sake fit for food.
Straightforward and unpretentious sake. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Delicious combination of sweetness and acidity.

Will miss that grand name, although I can expect the same from the new brewery!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 3/6: Doi Brewery

December 5, 2009


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Yeaterday I had the occasion to drink a brew by Doi Brewery with a new label!

Doi Brewery: Kaiun Junmai
Rice: Oyamanishiki
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15 degrees
Dryness: +4
Acidity: 1.5
Amino acids: 1.2
Bottled in March 2009

Clarity: very clear
Colour: faint golden hue
Aroma: Fresh, discreet, feminine, fruity. Memories of vanilla, banana and pineapple.
Body: velvety
Taste: Soft attack. Well-rounded. Short tail.
Pleasant, fleeting, feminine, sophisticated.
Fruity and dry, but very smooth.
Pineapple, soft citruses
Junmai tingle appears with food with a late appearance by almonds.
Very soft and fleeting finish with more dry almonds.

Overall: Extravagant, sophisiticated, fleetingly feminine are not exaggerated descriptions for this sake, the last created by Master Brewer hase who passed away in 2009.
Now, how would you drink it?
With your love? as an extravagant aperitif? Or on your own away from the bustle of everyday life….

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-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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Shizuoka Sake Tasting 8/12: Sogatsuru-hagi no Kura Brewery

January 20, 2009


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This is an extraordinary story and sake!
Four years ago, the near defunct Sogatsuru Brewery in Kakegawa City was resurected thanks to a dispute between two cousins at Haginishiki Brewery in Shizuoka City to become Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery.
Despite the long lay-off, unsold sake had been carefully stored at under 5 degrees Celsius all the time.
For the pleasure of a very few lucky ones (like me!), the brewery has decided to blend the best three of this true vintage sake (all of the same method and ingredients!) into an extremely rare nectar!
It goes without saying that this sake is in fact the jewel of a bygone era!

Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery (Sogatsuru Brewery in fact!): Daiginjo Genshu Blend

Sake blend:
1991, 12%. 1994, 38%. 1996, 50%.

Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 40%
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Blended and bottled in June 2008

Clarity: Very clear (extraordinary quality!)
Colour: light golden tinge (very little colour for such old sake!)
Aroma: Fruity: bitter chocolate, coffee beans, memories of vanilla. Discreet and pleasant.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Very fruity. Complex. Elegant. Extremely pleasant.
Bitter chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla.
Shortish tail.
Mandarines and almonds peeking through with the second sip.
Sweetish with a faint dry finish.

Overall: The word “extraordinary” would be an understatement!
Should be drunk like a great sweet wine or old Port.
As a superlative aperitif? Even better, with the cheese or chocolates at the end of a great meal!
Very limited in quantity unfortunately.
At the same price, no wine could compete!

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 8/11: Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery

December 6, 2008


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This is third consecutive tasting of an Autumnal brew by Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery in Kakegawa City. I hope Melinda will take note! LOL.

Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery: Shurara Junmai Ginjo

Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in October 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Fruity: banana, vanilla, hints of almonds
Body: Velvety
Taste: Sweetish attack. Shortish tail. Complex.
Fruity: banana, vanilla, almonds, bitter choclate.
Finish with beautiful acidity with hints of lemon.
Turns sweetish with a short tail again with food (amino acids?)

Overall: Another typical Shizuoka sake.
Great with food of any kind.
Complex sake with quickly changing character

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 8/10: Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery

December 4, 2008


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I still have a couple of new Autumn brews by Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery in Kakegawa City to enjoy before I start looking around, and here is the firs one (actually, Melinda is also tatsing it, so we’ll be able to compare notes!):

Sogatsuru-hagi No Kura Brewery: Tokubetsu Junmai “Shurara”
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Very light golden tinge
Aroma: Pleasant, fruity, bananas, vanilla
Body: Velvety
Taste: Shortish tail. Smooth attack backed by junmai tingle. Complex. Warms up back of the mouth.
Fruity: bananas, vanilla, hints of melon.
Pleasant with a dry finish accompanied by coffee beans.

Overall: Typical Shizuoka Sake.
Fruity, smooth, elegant. Drinks so easily.
A sake fit both for tasting and with food.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 8/9: Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery

November 19, 2008


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Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery, located in Kakegawa City, which rose again like the legendary Phoenix is steadily growing in stature and fame as their new brews amply prove!

Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery: Tenkoo Junmai Genshu

Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +3
Acidity: 1.3
Yeast: Shizuoka yeast
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in October 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Light Golden Tinge
Body: Velvety
Aroma: Discreet. Fruity: pear, coconuts.
Taste: Short tail. Sweetish attack with dry finish. Nice alcohol. Fruity: Coconuts milk, banana, coffee beans, bitter chocolate, vanilla. Very complex.
Turns drier with food.

Comments: A very solid sake revealing multiple facets backed by a dry acid finish.
Probably best enjoyed with solid izakaya food.
Unusual sake for Shizuoka!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 3/5: Doi Brewery/Kaiun

October 6, 2008


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We are in October and it becomes a rush to taste all these Hiyaoroshi!

Doi Brewery: Kaiun Junmai Hiyaoroshi
Rice: yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to: 55% (extravagant!)
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees (genshu)

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Discreet. Banana
Body: Velvety
Taste: Complex. Shortish tail. Fruity and dry. Banana, coffee beans.
Turns drier very quickly, especially with food.
Vanilla and almonds appearing later.
Junmai tingle.
Bitter chocolate appearing later with more food.

Overall: “Shizuoka Type Sake. Multi-faceted.
Well suited for food.
Drinks very quickly. Tends to show a fleeting character.
Extravagant millage at 55%.
Poured a cup inside a “kegani/spider crab” shell with its “miso/brain”. Sublime!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 24/4: Yamanaka Brewery/Aoitenka

July 15, 2008


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Yamanaka Brewery is lost somewhere south of Kakegawa City Station and it is not easy to find their bottles! This is the only fourth one!

Yamanaka Brewery: Aoitenka Tokubetsu Junmai

Rice: Gohyakumangoku 100%
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in April 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Light. Dry. Fruity: coffee beans, Melon
Body: Velvety
Taste: Shortish tail. Strong junmai tingle warming the back of the mouth.
Dry. Complex. Fruity. Almonds, melon.
Keeps dry all the way through by itself or with food.
Almonds make strong comeback with food, especially meat.

Overall: Another sake designed both for food and individual drinking.
Strong characteristics.
Dry. Complex. Very pleasant and easy to drink.
“Suits itself to food”.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 8/8: Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery

June 12, 2008


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Got hold of another limited brew from Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery in Kakegawa City. For a once moribund brewery, it cetainly shows a lot of vitality!

Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery: Fudo Sogatsuru Ginjo

Alcohol: 18.2%
Rice milled down to 55%
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast HD-1
Dryness: + 4.5
Acidity: 1.3
Water: Oigawa Water bed
Bottled: March 2008
Limited to 180 bottles sold in 30 selected liquor shops

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Discreet, almost sweet. Bitter chocolate, bananas, almonds.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Dry. Coffee beans. Short tail. Alcohol lingering on palate.
Complex and fleeting. Soft on the tongue. Varies little with food.
Almonds appearing later with drier impression.

Overal: Elegant in spite of high alcohol.
Marries well with food, even salty one.
Best appreciated on its own or at the end of a meal.
Almost liquorish.
Very much “Shizuoka Type” sake

Shizuoka Tasting 8/7: Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery

May 31, 2008


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Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura continues to assert itself back more and more in the World of Shizuoka Sake Breweries and has been venturing into some remarkable limited brews:

Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery: Fudo Sogatsuru, Bessen( Special Selection), Nama Shibori (unpasteurized), Roka zennukitori (Unfiltered)

Alcohol: 17.5 degrees
Rice milled down to 60%
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast NEW-5
Dryness: +3.5
Acidity: 1.4
Water: Oi River Bed Well
Bottled: March 2008
Limited Brew: 180 bottles (720 ml)/Sold in 30 selected shops

Clarity: very clear
Colour: Light Golden Tinge
Aroma: Light, fruity, flowers, bananas, vanilla, melon.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail. Complex. Strong alcohol. Fruity, bitter chocolate, berries.
Alcohol tingle lingering in upper palate.
Turns drier with second sip. Almonds appearing later

Overall: Very pleasant, almost elegant in spite of high alcohol and nama status.
Typical of Shizuoka style.
Drinks beautifully with food with more almonds and bitter chocolate appearing.
Re-affirms itself between foods.
Difficult to escape from!
Although not stated it is a junmai genshu.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 8/6: Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery

May 20, 2008


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Ii is at last getting easier to brews from the former Sogatsuru Brewery in Kakegawa City since its revival in 2004 thanks to one of the brothers at Haginishiki Brewery in Shizuoka City.
But I certainly still have quite a few more left to survey!

Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery: “Chiyo” Junmai Ginjo
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Rice milled down to 55%
Bottled: August 2007

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Light and fruity. Bananas, melon.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Short tail. Nice junmai tngle. Dry. Coffee beans, bananas, bitter chocolate, nuts.
Quickly turns dry on palate.
Almonds appearing later

Overall: A very “Shizuoka Type” sake. Best suited with food. Very dry, great with tempura and fried food!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 8/5: Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery

May 12, 2008


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Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery has accomplished a fully-fledged return since their transformation 4 years ago from a moribond Sogatsuru Brewery for the pleasure of all sake lovers.
I decided to taste their Kazutoyo brand name again this year when I found it in Kakegawa JR Station.

Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery: Kazutoyo-Kakegawajo Ginjo
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled (300 ml): November 2007

Clarity: Very clear

Colour: Almost transparent

Aroma: Fruity and sweetish: Melon, bananas

Body: Velvety

Taste: Short tail. Nice alcohol. Very fruity: melon, bananas.
Complex and elegant. Turns a bit drier with food with more almonds and apricots.
Turns sweeter again away from food with a hint of bitter chocolate.

Overall: Drinks well with food. Easy on the palate.
Deserves to be drunk with great food. Very “Shizuoka-style”.
Original balance between sweetnes and dryness.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 3-4: Doi Brewery

April 3, 2008


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Doi Brewery in Kakegawa City has seen its junmai elected as the best in Shizuoka Prefecture by their peers in 2008.
I just could not pass the occasion to check it for myself!

Doi Brewery/Kaiun Junmai Ginjo “Den”

Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: +4.0
Acidity: 1.3
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast
Alcohol: 1~18 degrees
Limited edition: 600 bottles
Bottled in February 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: light golden hue

Aroma: dry, alcohol, fruity, flowery, melon

Body: velvety

Taste: Strong junmai tingle, almost bubbly. Complex, fruity and spicy
Short tail, calling for another sip. Melon, vanilla. Drinks very easily and does change character with food.
Bitter chocolate and bananas make a late entry.

Overall: Impressive sake to be savoured at all times for all occasions. A sure winner! Very solid and showing a lot of character.
The kind of sake that disappears from your glass without notice!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 24-3: Yamanaka Brewery-Yokosuka

February 28, 2008


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I’ve started a little love affair with this particular brewery (mind you, I’m turning in the most unashamed polygamist when it comes to sake brewed in Shizuoka!), but, as I said before, as Yamanaka Brewery (Aoitenka) is lost near the sea off Kakegawa City, it is not easy to obtain their brews. But they are certainly worth the search!

Yamanaka Brewery/Yokosuka/Junmai Ginjo
Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: +5
Acidity: 1.4
Bottled in July 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Fruits and flowers/banana

Taste: Very fruity at first: banana, almonds, gardenias
Welcome acidity revealed by second sip. Junmai tingle.
More almonds and bitter chocolate revealed with food. Drinks well with food which tends to bring some more sweetness about in spite of thedryness parameter.

Overall: Typical Shizuoka-type sake. Lots of fruits. Pleasant at all seasons on its own or with food, slightly chilled, room temperature or slightly warm, Equally popular with ladies and gents.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 8-4: Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery

February 6, 2008


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I said the other day I had developped this special relation with Sogatsuru Hagi no Kura Brewery, but I have just finished the last bottle I had in stock! Will have to travel far to find the next one unless I can convince one of my liquor shop owners/friends to fetch me one!

Sogatsuru Hagi no Kura Brewery Junmai

Rice milled down to 55%
Bottled in August 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: Light Golden Tinge

Aroma: Fruits, bananas, mango, pineapple

Body: velvety

Taste: Sweet at first with a characteristic junmai tingle. Fruity: bananas, mango, bitter chocolate, almonds.
Turns quickly dry. Mango and bananas linger on the palate.

Overall: “Shizuoka Type” sake. Very pleasant. Reveals new facets with food.
On its own tastes like a dessert drink at times. Drinks so well with food. wouldn’t take anyone much time to guzzle down!
Can also be enjoyed as “nurukan”, I would say at a maximum of 40 degrees Celsius. Slightly chilled in summer could be a good idea, too.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 8-3: Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery

February 4, 2008


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In 2004, Sogatsuru Brewery in Kakegawa City was in a real danger to disappear as they were officially “on vacation”. luckily, they had not relinquished their license when one of the brothers owning Haginishiki Brewery in Shizuoka City decided to go on his own and acquired the precious license. I said “precious” because it is practically impossible to get a new one from the Japanese Tax Bureau. As I had tasted a bottle of the old Sogatsuru Brewery, thinking it was the last one, I have developed a special fondness for that brewery now called Sogatsuru-Hagi no Kura.
Not only have they revived the Brewery, but they have recently made an extensive use of the appellation “Sagatsuru”, too.

Sogatsuru-Hagi No Kura Brewery-Ginjo

Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in October 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: Light golden tinge

Aroma: Sharp and light at he same time. Fruity: Plum, grapes, kinkan oranges.

Body: Velvety

Taste: Welcome acidity due to alcohol.
Very feminine in character. Fruity, flowers, oranges

Overall: A sake fit for tasting sessions. Probably best appreciated as aperitif or on its own. Shizuoka type sake. Refined

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 24-2: Yamanaka Brewery/Sakedo Yamanaka

January 31, 2008


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Yamanaka Brewery is more famous for its other brand name, Aoitenka, but I just could not pass this Sakedo Yamanaka/”Sake Route Inside the Mountains” when I discovered it in Fukuroi City.
People say that Shizuoka sake are hard to find outside our Prefecture, but I can tell they are not always to find here, either! So when I found any, I don’t bother, I just take them all (4 on that trip alone!)

Yamanaka Brewery: Sakedo Yamanaka Junmai

Rice: Shizuoka Aichi no Kaori
Rice milled down to 65%
Dryness: +2
Acidity: 1.4
Yeast: No 1001
Bottled in December 2007

Clarity: very clear

Colour: Almost transparent

Aroma: Dry, fleeting, discreet/Green apples/Pineapple

Body: velvety

Taste: Very dry. Welcome acidity. Coffee Beans/Almonds/Bitter Chocolate.
Turns sweet with food.

Overall: Great sake with food.
Turns multi-faceted with food. Calls for the next sip


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