Posts Tagged ‘Shimada City’

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Oomuraya Brewery-Oni Otome Sachi Junmai

October 1, 2014

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A couple years ago, Oomuraya Brewery in Shimada City came up with the idea to create a companion for their Oni Goroshi/Kill a Goblin brand and they came up with Oni Otome/Goblin Princess”!

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It is a seasonal brand which appears 4 times a year with a different name and color.
Since this is Autumn, the color is brown-red and the name is “Sachi/幸/happiness”!

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I tasted it with my new glass bought in Bretagne, France!

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Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in September 2014

Clarity: Very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: dry and fruity. Banana, custard.
Body: fluid
Taste: Strong dry and fruity attack with puissant junmai petillant and pleasant alcohol.
Complex: custard, later dry almonds, macadamia nuts, lychees.
Dry junmai petillant stays strong all the way.
Changes little with food but for a drier note.
Alcohol tends to prove a higher presence than its normal content.
Late appearance of dry chestnuts.

Overall: A straightforward sake for dry sake lovers.
Marries well with any food.
Probably at its best with heavy BBQ or izakaya fare!

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, 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, Pie
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, 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: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Oomuraya Brewery: Jyuubei Junmai Nama

May 27, 2014

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What I really enjoy about some breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture is that only the produce limited edition sake so much for business but for preserving history and culture.
This very brand “Jyuubei/重兵衛” has been produced by no less than four generations of brewers!

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Moreover, the rice is Shiuzoka-grown hyakumangoku!
Since it is a junmai/no pure alcohol blended in and nama/unpasteurized, it7s close to a very natural sake!

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Rice: Hyakumangoku (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in May 2014

Clarity: Very clear
Color: very faint golden hue
Aroma: Dry and fruity. Green apples, apricots
Body: Fluid
Taste: Very fruity and dry attack backed up with puissant junmai petillant.
Very refreshing and complex.
Apples, pears, custard, apricots.
Disappears very quickly on a dry and fruity note with hints of dark chocolate and milk coffee.
Changes little with food but for a drier note.

Overall: Very refreshing sake away from the norm for Oomuraya Brewery.
Dry, elegant and fruity.
Complex enough to draw you into the second and third cup.
To drink with Japanese izakaya fare!

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, 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, Pie
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, 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: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-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: Oomuraya Brewery-Wakatake Onigoroshi Honjozo Genshu

May 18, 2014

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Oomuraya Brewery in Shimada City also offers quite a few brands in the practical 300 ml bottles!

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This particular regular brand has made them famous all over the country!

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“Onigoroshi/鬼ごろし”?”To kill the Goblin”!

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A honjozo genshu is certainly needed to take care of goblins!

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Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +12
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Bottled in March 2014

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Golden hue
Aroma: Assertive. Fruity. Pears, custard
Body: Fluid
Taste: Very dry and fruity attack backed up with strong and pleasant alcohol.
Complex. Fruity: very dry pears, green apples, Greens.
Facets difficult to catch.
Late appearance of coffee beans and a peek by dry oranges.
Disappears quickly on an even drier and deeper note.
Will take a sweeter turn with food before quickly coming back to its original dryness.
Marries well with any food.
For all its dryness and strong alcohol, it is more elegant than expected.

Overall: Very dry sake, with a somewhat restrained and elegant aggressiveness.
Incites you into the next cup in spite of its strong alcohol contents.
Can be thoroughly enjoyed on its own or with food at any temperature.
Definitively for lovers of both very dry and elegant sake.
Great with cheese!

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, 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, Pie
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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-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: Oomuraya Brewery-Wakatake Oni Koroshi Honjozo Genshu

January 30, 2014

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The “Oni Koroshi/Kill a Goblin” made by Oomuraya Brewery in Shimada City is probably the most famous Oni Koroshi in Japan and actually was the main brand sake of the same brewery.

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It is a very dry sake originally aimed at male drinkers but times have certainly changed and everyone is enjoying it!

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For the history amateurs!
If you want the translation just ask! LOL

Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 17.1 degrees
Dryness: + 9
Bottled in September 2013

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Golden hue
Aroma: Assertive. Dry. Nutty.
Chestnuts, cherries, milk coffee
Body: Fluid
Taste: Very dry attack backed with pleasant alcohol.
Fruity: Apples, cherries
Alcohol not as strong as expected.
Lingers only for a while warming up the back of the palate.
Changes little with food but for a mellower turn backed with stronger alcohol.
Turns mellow with soft nuts once away from food.
As a nurukan/lukewarm shows drier but fruity facets. Turns then very dry but pleasant.

Overall: A sake for all seasons, especially with food. Can be enjoyed any temperature.
Another sake to bring at a BBQ or a raucous party!

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, 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: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-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: Oomuraya Brewery-Rendai Goshi Shimada Juku Honjozo

December 27, 2013

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In 1601, Tokugawa Ieyasu organized the postal, transport and travelling system along the 496 kilometer long Tokaido Road from the Nihonーbashi Bridge in Edo to the Sanjyo-Ôhashi Bridge in Kyoto, building fifty three Inn Towns called “Shukuba Machi” between the two end destinations,
Nihon-bashi bridge in Edo and the Sanjô-Ôhashi in Kyoto.

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Ieyasu knew very well that there would be no ever-lasting regime. The Soga clan had perished in four generations. The powerful Fujiwara clan had lost its power when the Samurai class gained their power. The Heikes had perished in a few generations. Ieyasu was afraid that the powerful warlords in the West of Japan would rise in revolt and advance westwards to overthrow
the shogunate.

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For the reasons of military defense, Ieyasu ordered that no bridge should be built across the Ôi-gawa river, the Abe-gawa river, and other long rivers. The ferry boat services across the Ôi-gawa River were also prohibited. The current of the Ôi-gawa River became very rapid after much rainfall and it was dangerous to cross the river. This gave birth to the professional fording coolies. They were called “Kawagoshi Ninsoku”. In 1696, the shogunate built the Office of Fordingin Shimada Inn Town (Station town) at the river side of the Ôi-gawa River and put the forders’ services under supervision.

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There were six classes of the services for crossing the river. Fording on the shoulders of one carrier was the cheapest. It required only one wooden “river tablet” for one coolie which could bought at the Office of Fording “Kawa Kaisyo”. For the Carrying Boardscalled “Rendai”, a Rendai tablet for its rental fee had to be bought.

The fares of the services varied according to the class of the carrying boards “Rendai” and the number of the fording coolies. The warlord’s palanqueen was put on an extravagant Rendai and was carried by a dozen of the carriers and a few assistants.

The fares depended also on the depth of the day of the water in the river. Each day, the official tariffs on the services were decided. No carrier could ask for an exhorbitant price for their services. When the depth of the water reached 136 centimeters, fording was prohibited.
Sometimes, travelers had to wait more than twenty days at the Inn Town until the depth of the water would decrease. No traveler was permitted to ford the river by his/her own means whatever the conditions of the river.

At the end of the Edo period, there were 650 carriers at the Shimada Inn Town. The government of the shogunate collapsed in 1868 and the fording system ended in 1871 when the ferry boat services started. The carriers became jobless. The band of samurais who accompanied the last shogun Yoshinobu to the province of Suruga also lost their jobs. They began to cultivate the virgin fields and forests on the Makinohara Plateau at the west side of the river. They turned them into the beautiful green tea fields wecan admire nowadays.

Shimada holds the Festival of Wading the Ôi-gawa River in July or August to recall the hard days of traveling when they were forced to stay more than twenty days at the river side town of Shimada.

I know a friend who will want this label after such explanations!

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Rice: gohyakumangoku & Aji no Kaori
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: + 8
Acidity: 1.5
Bottled in October 2013

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Assertive. Fruity. dry. Bananas, dark chocolate
Body: Fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: Well-rounded attack backed up with pleasant alcohol.
Complex, dry and fruity. Bananas
Disappears quickly on a drier note with hints of oranges, persimmons, dry almonds and dark chocolate.
Varies little with food but for a mellower tone with hints of citruses.
As nurukan/lukewarm takes on a definitely mellower note. Extremely pleasant while keeping its characteristics and adding a few more facets. Stays complex even as a nurukan with strong hints of custard, soft almonds and dark chocolate.

Overall: A solid and reliable sake!
For once I would unusually recommended it as nurukan for maximum enjoyment!
Although obviously conceived to accompany food, especially izakaya fare, it is thoroughly enjoyable on its own, especially as a night cap!

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Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, 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: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Oumuraya Sake Brewery Poster in Shimada JR Station!

December 23, 2013

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This is the third picture I took the other day inside Shimada JR Station on my way down onto the platform.

There are other posters of sake breweries in Shizuoka Prefecture railway stations but as as I know this is the only poster featuring all the regular brands (private and commemorative/limited brands would cover a whole wall!) on one poster!

There is one particular label which is known all over Japan: the one on the extreme right is that of “Onna Nakase/女泣かせ/To make a woman cry!”. I know many collectors who would like that particular label!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Junmai Ginjo

October 26, 2013

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Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City has this famous label for one of its Junmai Ginjo representing two drinkers of the Edo Period and I know a lot of people who like to collect it!

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Most of their sake are called Garyubai these days, a name which can be traced back to a local temple!

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Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: + 3
Acidity: 1.4
Bottled in August 2013

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Dry and fruity. Pears, macadamia nuts, custard
Body: Fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: Very dry attack backed up by puissant junmai petillant.
Very nutty at first with hints of oranges and custard.
Lingers for a while warming up back of the palate and tongue.
Mellows somewhat with food.
Turns quickly back to strong dryness away from food.

Overall: Straight forward dry sake best suited for food, especially heavy izakaya food.
Sake concept very different from mainstream shizuoka brews. The toji/brewmaster is of the Nanbu School from Iwate Prefecture and never uses the Shizuoka yeasts.
can be enjoyed at all temperatures in spite of its elevated status. Would do well at a BBQ!

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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: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-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 Breweries: The One That Disappeared-Yagi Brewery (Tanchou/丹頂) in Shimada City!

October 17, 2013

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During My visit to the Shimada Obi Festival last Monday I walked past a small private museum/display of Shimada craftsmen’s tools and artifacts.
I made an interesting discovery proving that you can’t overlook anything!
The photo above is taht of a sake bottle bag printed with the word “Tanchou/丹頂” the brand name of the late sake Brewery called “Yagi Brewery/八木酒造”
The brewery disappeared some ten years ago before I really started delving into Shizuoka sake history.
The reasons for its demise are quite simple: the brewery was basically making sake on order for the big breweries in Nada (Kobe) region. When the sake boom of the 70’s receded the orders decreased and finally stopped. On the other hand the other brewery in Shimada City, namely Ooumuraya brewery/大村屋酒造 famous all over Japan for its brand names such Onna Nakase/女泣かせ, Onigoroshi/鬼殺し and Wakatake/若竹 was striving as it has opted for a local market for some time and stopped producing for the Nada breweries a long time ago.

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This is when I realized that their shop, Tanchou Honten/丹頂本店 was just across the road!

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The ground floor of the decrepit building is still used as a bike shop!
An article for my friend at Abandoned Kansai?

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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: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-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: Oumuraya Brewery-Jyuube Junmai/Shimada City Gohyakumangoku Rice

March 5, 2012

Oumuraya Brewery in Shimada City has encouraged local farmers for a long time.
They have been recently brewing sake with sakamai/酒米/sake rice by local farmers.

I’ve just found this bottle called Jyuube/重兵衛 at (Farmers Market) Japan Bazaar in Shimada City.
The rice grown is of the Hyakumangoku variety.
They went as far as decorating the bottle with pictures of the very farmers!
How about that for traceability!

Rice: Hyakumangoku (100%)
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Transparent
Aroma: Strong and fruity: custard, vanilla
Body: Fluid
Taste: Strong and drier than expected attack.
Fruity: Custard, bananas. Junmai petillant.
Disappears quickly with dry almonds.
Light and dry, almost discreet with food.
Dry pineapple appearing later.

Overall: A straightforward sake.
Very pleasant, fruity with a dry note.
Accompanies food well.
Very pleasurable on its own or with food.
A sake for all seasons!

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 6~12: Oomuraya/Wakatake Brewery

December 11, 2008


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My fellow sake bloggers, especially Timothy in New york will interested by this brew we actually tasted at Oomuraya Brewery in Shimada City last October! The name “Jiro” is that of the fifth-generation Master brewer!

Oomuraya/Wakatake Brewery:
Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu “Jiro” (unpasteurized and unaltered)
Rice: Gohyakumangoku 100%
Rice milled down to 55%
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast
Dryness: +2~+4
Acidity: 1.4~1.6
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in November 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Dry, fruity, bananas, spicy
Body: Fluid~velvety
Taste: Strong attack emphasized by the nama and junmai characters. Short tail. Complex. Nice alcohol.
Fruity: bananas, coffee beans, mandarines.
Dry and spicy.
Disappears with pleasant acidity and hints of bananas and bitter chocolate. Memories of sherry wine.

Overall: Very easy to drink despite its nama genshu nature.
A sake devised to stand up and accompany/complement food.
Reveals new facets late regardless whether it is drunk on its own or with food.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 6/11: Oomuraya Brewery

October 21, 2008


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This particular bottle was graciously offered to us on October 8th during our visit to Oomuraya Brewery in Shimada City. I wonder if Tim, Melinda and Etsuko have already tasted it!
This semi-private label commemorates the longest remaining all wood bridge in Japan which spans across the Oi River in the Western part of Shizuoka Prefecture.

Oomuraya Brewery: Nagai Ki No Hashi, Junmai ginjo

Rice milled down to 55%
Shizuoka Yeast
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in September 2008
Recommended to be drunk from chilled to lightly warmed (“nurukan”)

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Fruity: bananas, vanilla, macadamia nuts
Body: Velvety
Taste: Good attack. Short tail. Junmai tingle. Bananas.
Warms top of the palate. Ends up with a little acidity accompanied by macadamia nuts, especially with food.

Overall: A sake which can be enjoyed in various manners from chilled to lukewarm, with or without food.
Combines dry acidity with a fruity attack.
Clean and light, very easy to drink.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 6/10: Oomuraya Brewery

September 16, 2008


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It’s been quite some time since I tasted a sake from Oomuraya Brewery In Shimada City.
This particular one should please Timothy as he serves Wakatake Sake at his sake tasting classes in New York!

Oomuraya Brewery: Wakatake-Oni Koroshi (“Kill the Devil/Demon Killer”)
Junmai-genshu (also exists as Honjozo)
Rice: Gohyakumangoku, Oogonbore
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +9
Acidity: 1.3
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Yeast: Shizuoka NEW 5

Bottled in July 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Light golden tinge
Aroma: Fruity. Almonds, banana, pineapple.
Body: Velvety
Taste: Shortish tail. Dry. Almonds, pineapple.
Almonds and coffee beans appearing with food.
Junmai tingle getting stronger with food. Also tends to turn very with food with a strong alcohol accent.

Comments: A sake fit for food, especially oily and heavy sauces.
Shows various facets according to type of food.
Strong and aggressive character with a smooth finish

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 6/9: Oomuraya Brewery

July 10, 2008


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This time of the year witnesses the appearance of a lot of so-called limited brews.
Oomuraya Brewery in Shimada City is particularly active in that area.

Oomuraya Brewery: Fuuka Junmai

Rice: Homare Fuji 100% (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: +3
Acidity: 1.4
Amino acids: 1.2
Pasteurized inside the bottle
Limited to 300 bottles
Bottled in June 2008

Clarity: Very clear
Colour: Almost transparent
Aroma: Light, dry, fruity. Pineapple, melon
Body: Velvety
Taste: Soft at first, alcohol appearing on back of the palate. Short tail.
Coffee beans, bitter choclate, pineapple, melon.
Elusive, elegant.
Almost no jumai tingle. Almonds appearing later

Overall: a very elusive discreet sake for a junmai.
Very pleasant.
Although it holds itself perfectly with food, it would probably be best appreciated for its own sake (LOL).
Elegant. Pity it is limited to only 300 bottles.
Drier than expected. Call for second sip.

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 6/8: Oomuraya Brewery

May 22, 2008


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Oomuraya Brewery in Shimada City has a habit of coming up with some colourful and limited brews.
Every year on a determined day they put out a genshu.
This time it was bottled on the 4th of February 2008 as stated on their label.

Oomuraya Brewery: Wakatake Nama Genshu Junmai Ginjo
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Rice miled down to 55%
Bottled February 4th, 2008

Clarity: Smoky due to the slight amount of white lees, but very clean
Colour: White haze
Aroma: Fruity, bananas, melon
Body: Velvety
Taste: Strong alcohol/nama and junmai tingle. Shortish tail. Bananas, coffee beans, melon.
Bitter chocolate appearing with food.

Overall: A sake for food, especially heavy one.
Drunk really well with gyoza!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 6-2b: Oomuraya Brewery

March 31, 2008


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Unfortunately it was probably the last time I had tasted that extraordinary sake, this time in the company of the Hamamatsu Geeks on March 21st.
Unfortunately again, it also became a (small) bone of contention between Oomuraya Brewery (Shimada City) and my person: The owner told me it was a futsushu/regular sake when I called him on the phone and that the last batch was used to make umeshu as they apparently could not sell it fast enough… But when I met Mr. Hibino, their vice-Master Brewer, he affirmed that it was a honjozo. I have some (little) doubt about all this because last year they had avered it was offered only in 720ml bottles until I proved them it existed in 1.8l. bottles. Obviously, it is one sake that Mr. Hibino is not in a hurry to talk about, even when I told him that foreigners would love to drink it as a “one shot drink”! Pity…

Oomuraya Brewery, Sake Rock
Futsushu/honjozo genshu
Rice milled down to 70%
Alcohol: 20~21 degrees

Clarity: very clear

Colour: almost transparent

Aroma: Sweet and very fruity/bananas

Body: velvety

Taste: Long tail with alcohol tingling back of the palate. Fruity, musky.
Bananas appearing with food. Surprisingly easy to drink in spite of the strong alcohol.

Overall: Australians would call it a “queensland” wine. Women in general seemed to appreciate it and said they could not have imagined the high alcohol contents if I had not told them beforehand. Personally I love it a bit chilled (on a hot evening?). My good friend Matt said he would offer it chilled one-shot style if he were allowed to serve it Down Under!
Problem is that he would have to redesign the label without the fag!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 6-6: Oomuraya Brewery by the Tokyo Geeks

January 8, 2008


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This was the second bottle tasted by the Tokyo Geeks in December 2007:

Oikawa no Uta by Oomuraya (Wakatake) Brewery
Junmai Ginjo
Rice: Yamada Nishiki rice
Rice milled down to 60%

Melinda Joe writes:
Aroma: similarly low, but not as dry
Flavor: a sugary (sugarcane?) start; leads into ricey and lactic flavors (I called this “Rice Krispy Treat”); marshmallowish; toasty; bitter notes emerge toward the back
Finish: slightly acidic, sticky; reminiscent of the finish on a piece of chocolate

This sake seemed more complex and softer. I’d like to try it nurukan.

With the fish, it was bitter, not a good match. It went better with the salty roe, but didn’t finish well. It paired badly with the Chinese bacon, but also went nicely with the lamb. The sweetness seemed to balance the spice in the dish.

Etsuko Nakamura writes:

This was great sake, but as you can see, we struggled to find good food to match. Maybe, this bottle is good by itself? Like Melinda said, maybe Lamb.

We had Japanese theme for that night thinking they would be good with sake.
1. dried hotaruika from Toyama with bitter sumi
2. fugu kasuzuke from Ishikawa-really really salty, but I have had
enlightenment in the past by paring with dry sake
3. Chinese bacon slices, roasted (bacon cured in Chinese soy and spice)
4. Veg dishes, kabu and satoimo cooked in broth, a bit sweet
5. Sawara marinated with kasu
6. Lamb with yuzukosho(hot with yuzu citrusy sauce)

What would you suggest to match with this two bottle?

Sweet
Sweetness last long on palette
With kabu-dry
With salty pickeled fugu-dry
Dried hotaruika, chinese bacon-not good
Lamb with yuzukosho- stand short

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 6-4: Oomuraya Brewery-Sake Rock

October 17, 2007

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Oomuraya Brewery (Wakatake/Onna Nakase) in Shimada City must have been inspired by their export business to the U.S. when they created this remarkable sake!
For all the dubious design, it is a sake worth noticing, both for its concept and type!

Sake Rock
Seishu/futsushu (“normal sake”)
Rice: Goyakumagoku
Milled down to 70% (absolutely extravagant for futsushu!)
Alcohol contents: 21 degrees (yes, you read correctly, 21 degrees proof!)

Clarity: very clear

Colour: light gold

Aroma: Strong/Pear/Banana/Vanilla

Taste: Strong alcohol spreading over palate. Fruits.
Plenty of bananas and pears. More alcohol emerging with some acidity after second sip.

Overall: Very macho sake. Drinks like a cocktail.
Goes very well with food.
Best drunk slightly chilled. Let it warm inside the mouth.

A discovery that Tim and blokes all the world would be particulary interested in!

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 6-3: Oomuraya Brewery/Kajika

October 10, 2007

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This was the first bottle drunk by the Shizuoka Geeks during their third tasting session.
It is a seasonal brew limited to 300 bottles every Autumn. Incidentally, until last year they did not bother to indicate the pronunciation of the Kanji “Kajika” (Bullhead Fish) in katakana under it. Obviously too many had been asked about this very unusual Kanji…
Oigawa Kahan Kajika by Oomuraya (Wakatake) Brewery (Shimada City)
Tokubetsu Junmai
Rice milled down to 60%
Rice: Homare Fuji + Aichi No Kaori
Dryness: + 0
Acidity: 1.5
Amino acids: 1.4
Yeast: Shizuoka Yeast
Bottled in September 2007

Clarity: Very clear

Colour: Light golden tinge

Body: fluid

Taste: Typical “junmai” tinge. Light and fruity. Melon/watermelon

Overall: Easy to drink. Best as aperitif. Goes very well with salads and light flavoured food


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