Posts Tagged ‘Shizuoka’

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Kokkou Brewery-Tokubetsu Honjozo Miyabi No Iki

April 22, 2014

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It’s been quite some time since I tasted a brew by Kokkou Brewery in Fukuroi City!
Their sake are not easy to find in Shizuoka City actually!

Kokkou Brewery is remarkable for the fact that it was the first brewery to sue the famed Shizuoka yeasts!

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They tend to produce very dry sake, even by Shizuoka standards and this particlar brew has a special attached to it, “Miyabi no iki’”/”Elegant Style”!

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Rice: Yamada Nishiki 20%, Gohyakumangoku 80%
Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: + 9
Acidity: 1.2
Amino acids: 1.1
Yeast: Shizuoka Ginjo HD-1
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in March 2014

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Golden hue
Aroma: Melon with hints of apples and pears
Body: Fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: Very dry and fruity attack with pleasant alcohol.
Complex. Dry almonds, nuts.
Very elegant in spite of its very dry approach.
Disappears quickly.
Changes little with food but for a slightly sweeter turn.

Overall: Extremely elegant for a “simple” tokubetsu honjozo.
The skills involved in the creation of such sake are simply extraordinary!
Blind tasting will bring out surprises!
A sake for all seasons and genders and occasions!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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
rre.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: Fuji takasago Brewery-Junmai Ginjo Nama

April 9, 2014

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Fuji Takasago Brewery being located in Fujinomiya City at the foot of Mount Fuji uses water from its own well fed by subterranean water which had taken literally centuries to seep through the mountain.
No wonder that their sake are so popular when one bears in mind that water is the most important in the creation of top-class sake!

This is a junmai/no pure alcohol blended in/nama/unpasteurized!
To add to it it of the ginjo class, that is a fine premium sake!
Note that the alcohol is about 1 degeree lower than usually seen in Shizuoka Prefecture

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Takes some reading to decipher, but beautiful handwritten calligraphy!

Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: + 6
Acidity: 1.2
Alcohol: 14~15 degrees
Bottled in March 2014

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Almost transparent
Aroma: Very discreet. Difficult to catch. Fruity. Pears
Body: Fluid
Taste: Dry and fruity attack with little junmai petillant.
Complex and elegant. Pears.
Late appearance of milk coffee and dark chocolate.
Varies very little with food but for a slightly drier turn with hints of dry chocolate and milk coffee.

Overall: A fleeting, almost feminine in approach in spite of its dryness.
Complex but difficult to catch with ever changing short facets.
Dangerously easy to drink.
If you want to enjoy it with food, drink it with vegetables in particular for a subtle matching!
A great sake to both impress ladies and gentlemen. Would make for a superb aperitif before any kind of gastronomic repast!

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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
rre.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: Fuji Takasago Brewery-Homare Fuji Junmai Genshu

April 8, 2014

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Fuji Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City has been working for some time with Homare Fuji Sake Rice which is entirely produced in Shizuoka Prefecture.
It is actually a Yamada Nshiki hybrid with the big difference that the stak\lks are shorter, making it very resistant to high winds and heavy rains prevalent in summer.

For a long time brewers were complaining about the fact that the rice is a bit hard and difficult to polish, but after overcoming this particular problem some breweries are know to produce dai ginjo level premium sake with it!
This particular sake has the merit of being practically untouched as it is a junmai/no pure alcohol added genshu/no pure water added!

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Rice: Homare Fuji (shizuoka-grown)
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Bottled in March 2014

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Almost transparent
Aroma: very dry. Pears, apples.
Body: Fluid
Tasting: Dry and fruity attack backed up by very strong junmai petillant.
Complex. pears, milk coffee with oranges appearing later.
Takes on a slightly drier turn with food.
Makes a sweetish comeback after food with more mil coffee and dark chocolate.

Overall: A typical Homare Fuji sake.
Great at all temperatures on its own but possibly at its best with food. Very pleasant in spite of its high alcohol contenets.
A sake to bring at a BBQ!
For the strong but elegant sake lovers!

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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
rre.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

April 6, 2014

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Every year I make sure to acquire this very limited sake brewed by Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe, Fujieda City.
A very limited brew, they advise to drink it within a week of its bottling and keep in the refrigerator!
Just out of pure sense of contradiction I decided to keep it at room temperature until today, exactly one month later to see what would happen!
Mind you, it is still a bit of an overkill as I knew very well I didn’t much risk!
incidentally it is an honjozo/Pure sake alcohol was blended in, Muroka/unfiltered, nama/unpasteurized and genshu/no water added!

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Rice: Yamadanishiki (Toyama Prefecture)
Rice milled down 60 % for the koji rice and 65% for the kake rice
Dryness: + 6
Acidity: 1.7
Alcohol: 19 degrees
Bottled on March 7th, 2014

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Golden hue
Aroma: discreet, dry and fruity. Pears, green apples
Body: Fluid
Taste: Softer attack than expected in spite of its high alcohol, unfiltered and genshu status. Dry and fruity. Pears, green apples.
Complex. The alcohol hitting the palate late wit drier green apples. Elusive, difficult to catch. Lingers only for a while to disappear with dry oranges.
Changes little with food, but for an occasional sweeter note soon proven wrong.

Overall: A typical limited brew by Hatsukame Brewery to titillate both your palate and mind, inducing you to experiment and making you think twice about hasty comments!
I entertain the deep suspicion this is the brewery’s hidden purpose behind this very limited brew!
Confusing the “specialists” is a game worth playing!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
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rre.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: Senju Brewery-IMANOURA Homarefuji Junmai Daiginjo Nama Genshu

March 27, 2014

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Senju Brewery in Iwata City is decidedly showing some great skills by succeeding to create no less than a junmai daiginjo with the Shizuoka-grown homarefuji rice after having milled it down to 50%, another feat in itself!

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Of course it is a limited edition!
Junmai nama Genshu means that the sake produced hasn’t been modified whatsoever as shown by the white lees found inside!

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Rice: Shizuoka-grown Homarefuji
Rice milled down to 50%
Dryness: + 3
Acidity: 1.4
Amino acids: 0.7
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Bottled in February 2014

Clarity: Smoky due to the white lees
Color: Transparent when lees are settles
Aroma: Dry. Dry dark chocolate, dry milk coffee
Body: Fluid
Taste: Dry and fruity attack backed by both puissant junmai petillant and dry alcohol.
Comparatively easy to drink in spite of the genshu high alcohol contents.
Very complex. Dry dark chocolate, coffee beans, oranges.
Oranges tend to grow in stature with the second cup.
Disappears with elusive notes of nuts, dates and more oranges.
Takes on s drier turn with food with more oranges lingering on.
Interestingly enough, superbly marries with cakes and biscuits.

Overall: A very unusual sake by Shizuoka standards!
Both elegant and aggressive.
Probably best enjoyed on its own, although it will surprise more than one with its ability to combine with cakes and cheese!
Tends to reveal all kinds of facets with swift turnarounds.
A sake for a circle of connoisseurs to discuss around!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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: Suruga Brewery-Hagi No Kura Junmai

March 26, 2014

Hagi no Kura sake name certainly has a complicated story!
When the present owners of Suruga Brewery were brewing sake in Kakegawa City with the help of Dogatsuru Brewery, they renamed the brewery Dogatsuru-Hagi no Kura Brewery and produced this new name Hagi no Kura.

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Since then Suruga Brewery left Kakegawa City and Dogatsuru Brewery to acquire the license of defunct Yoshiya Brewery in Shizuoka City.
On the other hand Dogatsuru Brewery’s license was acquired by Shizuoka Hiraki Brewery in Shizuoka City!

Now, luckily enough Suruga Brewery is still brewing a sake under the name of Hagi no Kura, proving thus a great attachment to culture and history!

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Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 gegrees
Dryness: + 2
Acidity: 1.4
Bottled in February 2014

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Dry and fruity. Almonds, pineapple, custard
Body: Fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: Dry and very fruity attacked backed up by puissant junmai petillant.
Very complex. Custard, milk coffee, milk chocolate.
Lingers on only for a little while.
Very easy to drink with a liquorish touch.
Takes on slightly drier turn with food. Otherwise varies very little then but for an appearance of oranges.

Overall: Very easy to drink and enjoyable at all temperatures, with or without food.
Very complex. Tends to show new facets with every cup.
Probably at its best on its own slightly chilled away from food.
Should please ladies in particular!

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So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
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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

2014 Shizuoka Prefecture Sake Competition Brewery Entrants Party at Aoi Tower, Shizuoka City!

March 25, 2014

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A great friend of mine: Kazutaka Takashima, owner and master brewer at Takashima Brewery in Numazu City!

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The crowd was fast coming in and I knew it would soon become a horrendous scramble! Just a little time left to take pictures!
I decided to take only the pictures of the Daiginjo while tasting them at the same time!
Note that not all breweries submitted their sake for various reasons (I know them, but I would have to write a whole book!)!

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Makino Brewery in Fujinomiya City!

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Fujinisiki Brewery in Fujinomiya City!

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Takashima Brewery in Numazu City!

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Fujimasa Brewery in Fujinomiya City!

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Bandai Brewery in Shuzenji, Izu Peninsula!

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Fuji-Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City!

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Kanzawagawa Brewery in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Eikun Brewery in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Haginishiki Brewery in Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Suruga Brewery in Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Oumuraya Brewery in Shimada City!

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Aoshima Brewery in Fujieda City!

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Sugii Brewery in Fujieda City!

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Isojiman Brewery in Yaizu City!

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Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe, Fujieda City!

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Shidaizumi Brewery in Fujieda City!

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Doi Brewery in Kakegawa City!

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Senju Brewery in Iwata City!

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Kokkou Brewery in Fukuroi City!

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Yamanaka Brewery in Kakegawa City!

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Hamamatsu Tenjigura Brewery in Hamamatsu City!

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Hana no Mai Brewery in Hamamatsu City!
This year’s champion!

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And then good-bye (until next year? I very much doubt it!) to my friends at Oumuraya and Takashima Breweries!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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: Takashima Brewery-Hakuin Masamune Junmai Dai Ginjo 23 Brewing Year

March 17, 2014

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Takashima Brewery has produced another extravagant beauty!

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This time the label has turned into a calligraphy lesson!

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It is a junmai dai ginjo, the very top of the scale, and also a genshu/no pure water added!
A venture into purity!

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Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 40%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Brewed in 2012
Bottled in November 2013

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Light golden hue
Aroma: Assertive, fruity, elegant. Custard, faint bananas.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Soft, dry and fruity attack backed up with puissant junmai petillant.
Complex. Custard, oranges, late appearance of dark chocolate.
Softer than expected in spite of its genshu high alcohol contents.
Disappears fairly quickly with hints of dry almonds
Elegant. Stays true all the time.
Takes a drier turn with food revealing hints of almonds and mandarines.
Will turn back to its original facets after a little while once away from food again.

Overall: An extravagant sake!
So elegant and surprisingly easy to drink in spite of its alcohol contents.
Although it superbly marries with any food, it should be drunk alone for its own value.
Don’t even drink it as a superb aperitif, but enjoy it as a late night cap, reading an absorbing book, watching a great movie or in the arms of your beloved one.
Of course a sake to introduce to a special comapany of connoisseurs!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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: Fuji-Takasago Brewery- Yamahai Junmai Ginjo

March 8, 2014

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Shizuoka is definitely acquiring deserved recognition for its general approach towards Yamahai sake to the point that “Shizuoka Yamahai” is steadily becoming a byword!

Fuji-Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City has also been experimenting in Yamahai for quite some and is pretty happy about some remarkable results!

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Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 16 degrees
Dryness: -3
Bottled in February 2014

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Assertive. Sweetish. Fruity. Apples, pears, custard.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Very fruity and powerful attack backed up with puissant junmai petillant.
Complex.
Oranges, persimmons, apricots.
Lingers for a short while warming up the back of the palate with more oranges.
Varies very little with food.
Not as sweet as expected although a -3 dryness is very sweet by Shizuoka standards.
Very elegant, fruity and complex for a yamahai.
Stays fruity all the time.

Overall: Its comparatively marked sweetness backed up with a very fruity approach makes it a great sake to drink as an aperitif on its own although it does happily enhances food.
A great sake to combine with cheese or chocolate!
For all its “rough concept/reputation”, this kind of yamahai is a sake that will greatly please ladies in general!

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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

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Takashima Brewery-Hakuin Masamune Fujisan No Hi Asa Shibori Homare Fuji Junmai Genshu

March 3, 2014

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February 23rd is Mount Fuji Day in Shizuoka Prefecture and elsewhere!
Takashima Brewery in Numazu City made a point to press this special sake on the morning of February 23rd this year!
And the label is very special with a wood block print depicting a sake woman peddler!

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Not only it was pressed on Mount Fuji Day, it was also brewed with a Shizuoka-grown rice including the name of the famous mountain, Homare Fuji!
It is also a genshu/unpasteurized, junmai/not pure water added, origarami/gently pressed to allow some white lees/sakekasu to stay inside the sake!

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Rice: Homare Fuji
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 17 degrees
Bottled on February 23rd, 2014

Clarity: Very clean but smoky due to the white lees
Color: Whitish
Aroma: Fruity. Pears
Body: Slightly sirupy
Taste: Strong alcohol-enhanced very fruity deep attack backed up with puissant junmai petillant.
Pears, white grapes.
Complex.
White lees add a very dry finish on the tongue and palate with hints of greens.
Both elusive and elegant for such a origarami-style sake.
Takes on an even drier turn with food.
Superbly marries with any food, especially izakaya fare.

Overall: Although obviously designed to marry with food, is eminently enjoyable on its own.
Such a high quality origarami requires very special skills and inventiveness.
I’m no too fond of white lees, but this is different and would bring to any party, especially a BBQ
A brew for the earthy sake lovers!

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-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

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Morimoto Brewery-Ikioi

February 24, 2014

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Brew Master Hitoshi Morimoto brews all his sake by himself at Morimoto Brewery in Kikugawa City!
That certainly leaves him plenty of freedom to try his hand at some unique creations.
The more for it as he keeps the making of such nectars as secret as possible for the sole pleasure of titillating his fans!

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He also has a lot of fun with English translations!

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Even though, he never forgets to promote his locality!

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Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in November 2013
Limited to 120 bottles (large, that is only 216 l.!)
All other information is a secret in his own words!

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Discreet and elegant. Banana
Body: fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: Well-rounded attack backed up with pleasant alcohol.
Elegant, gentle, almost sweetish.
Complex.
Oranges, persimmon, milk coffee, plums.
Disappears quickly leaving another interrogation mark. Insistently calls for the next cup.
I don’ know what would happen if I drank it with food. There is too little of it made to risk it!
Furthermore it is a very complex sake which tends to show new facets with every sip.

Overall: A rare nectar to enjoy while you can!
The kind of sake you hoard in secret for your sole use!
If you are lucky to find one of the few bottles, stop thinking and buy it!

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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

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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-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

Sake Kegs at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City

October 2, 2013

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One noticeable difference between Buddhist Temples and Shinto Shrines (Shinto is the native religion) in Japan is that shrines exhibit the empty kegs of sake offered by believers (the original meaning of “Sake” is “food of the gods”) whereas Buddhist Temples don’t.

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Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City which is one of the most important in the Prefecture does exhibit quite a few.
Not all are sake made inside Shizuoka Prefecture, though.
At least investigating the one produced inside Shizuoka Prefecture provide quite a few insights!
Therefore it will be a pleasure to help you discover them!

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“Kaiun/開運” is the brand name of the sake produced by Doi Brewery/土井酒造 in Kakegawa City/掛川市 in central-western Shizuoka Prefecture.

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“Garyuubai/臥龍梅” is the brand name of Sanwa Brewery/三和酒造 in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City/清水区静岡市 in central Shizuoka Prefecture.

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“Aoitenka/葵天下” is the brand name of the sake produced by Yamanaka Brewery/山中酒造 in Kakegawa City/掛川市 in central western shizuoka Prefecture.

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“Hana No Mai/花の舞” is the brand name of Hana No Mai Brewery/花の舞酒造 in Hamamatsu City/浜松市 in western Shizuoka Prefecture.

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“Senju/千寿” is the brand name of Senju Brewery/千寿酒造” in Iwata City/磐田市 in western Shizuoka Prefecture.

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“Kumpai/君盃” is the brand name of Kumpai Brewery/君盃酒造” in Shizuoka City/静岡市 in central Shizuoka Prefecture.

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“Haginishiki/萩錦” is the brand name of Haginishiki Brewery/萩錦酒造 in Shizuoka City/静岡市 in Central Shizuoka Prefecture.

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“Takasago/高砂” is the brand name of Fuji-Takasago Brewery/藤高砂酒造 in Fujinomiya City/富士宮市in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture.

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Now, this keg belonged to a defunct brewery!
“Chuumasa/忠正” was the brand name of Yoshiya Brewery/吉屋酒造 in Shizuoka City/静岡市 in central Shizuoka Prefecture.
Their license was bought some two years ago by a new brewery called Suruga Brewery/駿河酒造 also in Shizuoka City. As for the Chuumasa brand name it is still used by Suruga Brewery.

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As for this brewery, there are a lot questions marks left! (would you believe that one of my Japanese-side relatives is actually working there!)
“Kihei/喜平” is the brand name of Hikari Brewery/平喜酒造 in shizuoka City/静岡市 in central Shizuoka Prefecture.
Now, Hiraki Company which originally (and still is) a liqueurs and drinks distributor originating from Kakegawa City bought Hiraki Brewery in Okayama Prefecture in 1956 and then established their headquarters in Shizuoka City to sell the sake made in their brewery in Okayama Prefecture.
Two years ago, having acquired the license of defunct Dogatsuru Brewery in kakegawa City they started their second brewery called Shizuoka-Hiraki Brewery/静岡平喜酒造. When interviewed the Association of Sake Brewers in Shizuoka Prefecture assured me that they would only market sake made in Shizuoka City inside Shizuoka Prefecture. Unfortunately it was completely untrue! Moreover their representatives or master brewers never appear at events featuring their brand!

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“Fukki/富貴” of the eponymous brerwey is from Shizuoka Prefecture but they produced pure sake alcohol to be blended with jumai sake in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City. They were an official member of the Association of Shizuoka sake Brewers until two years ago. They haven7t been mentioned there since then. I wonder why… actually I know!

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-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Doi Brewery-Kaiun Hare no Hi Honjozo

November 13, 2012

Doi Brewery in Kakegawa City is becoming more and more appreciated in Japan as well as abroad thanks to its master brewers from the Noto Peninsula, but also because of their efforts to promote Japanese traditions in the most positive way!

They naturally produce exquisite premium sake but also create some extravagant honjozo for people who enjoy their sake with food.
“Hare no HI” means “Bright Day”, a great name for a great occasion with friends!

Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: + 6
Acidity: 1.4
Bottled in October 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Fruity and discreet. Melon, pineapple
Body: Fluid
Taste: Well-rounded and very dry attack.
Fruity and complex. Dry melon.
Fleeting and difficult to catch.
Very elegant in spite of its honjozo status.
Disappears quickly on a softer but still dry note with oranges.
Calls for the next cup.
Varies little with food with a little custard peeking out.
Dry almonds and macadamia nuts appearing as soon as away from food.

Overall: Another sake obviously designed to be enjoyed with food.
Changes very little with the latter.
Vastly more elegant than usual honjozo.
It was very popular with the ladies that helped me taste it!

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-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

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Masu Ichi Brewery- The Last Bottle? Masu Ichi Dai Ginjyo

April 5, 2012

Masu Ichi Brewery has not been making sake for the past year and will not ever as his owner/masterbrewer Denjirou Masui/増井伝次郎 just passed away at the age of 49 leaving no successor willing to take over the brewery founded in 1882.

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Denjirou was his brewer’s name given by his mentor Denbei kawamura, the godfather of Shizuoka Sake and the creator of the Shizuoka sake yeast. He was one of the only three brewers of the Shida School.
His sake is fast disappearing and this particular one is the first of a series of “last bottles” I’m scouring the Prefecture to get my hands on for posterity!
This is therefore the third bottle! (More coming!)

This is a Dai ginjyo, meaning the top premium variety blended with pure rice alcohol!

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Transparent
Aroma: Light, elegant and fruity. Melon, pineapple, banana.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Dry and fruity attack backed up by pleasant alcohol.
Complex. Oranges, melon, pineapple.
Disappears quickly.
Very elegant in spite of its dryness.
Drinks very easily.
Oranges asserting themselves with the second sip.
Varies little with food with a drier note.

Overall: Very elegant sake!
Best appreciated on its own, as food tends to interfere with it more than marrying with it. Nevertheless would make for an extravagant aperitif and would enhance the taste of light vegetables such as white asparaguses!
Obviously a sake conceived for tasting!

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

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Masu Ichi Brewery- The Last Bottle? Masu Ichi Junmai Ginjyo

April 5, 2012

Masu Ichi Brewery has not been making sake for the past year and will not ever as his owner/masterbrewer Denjirou Masui/増井伝次郎 just passed away at the age of 49 leaving no successor willing to take over the brewery founded in 1882.

Denjirou Masui

Denjirou was his brewer’s name given by his mentor Denbei kawamura, the godfather of Shizuoka Sake and the creator of the Shizuoka sake yeast. He was one of the only three brewers of the Shida School.
His sake is fast disappearing and this particular one is the first of a series of “last bottles” I’m scouring the Prefecture to get my hands on for posterity!
This is therefore the second bottle! (More coming!)

That beautiful bottle cap is also going to disappear…

It is a junmai ginjyo, meaning no alcohol was blended in and that is a premium sake of ginjyo level!

Rice milled down to 50 %
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in March 2012

Clarity: very clear
Color: Transparent
Aroma: Assertive and fruity. Complex.
Melon. Liquorice. Pleasant alcohol.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Very deep attack backed with junmai petillant. Fruity. Complex.
Almonds, melon and faint oranges.
Disappears on a dry coffee beans note.
Varies little with food with a strong accent on oranges and dry almonds.
Coffee beans and dark chocolate make a strong comeback once away from food.

Overall: A very dry but elegant sake!
Very enjoyable on its own but particularly pleasant with vegetables.
Actually happily marries with any food, be it Japanese or Western gastronomy.
Would also make for a great aperitif, although its dryness would be the perfect match for chocolate!

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

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Masu Ichi Brewery- The Last Bottle? Masu Ichi Honjozo Suruga No Kuni Shida Brewmaster

March 19, 2012

Masu Ichi Brewery has not been making sake for the past year and will not ever as his owner/masterbrewer Denjirou Masui/増井伝次郎 just passed away at the age of 49 leaving no successor willing to take over the brewery founded in 1882.

Denjirou Masui

Denjirou was his brewer’s name given by his mentor Denbei kawamura, the godfather of Shizuoka Sake and the creator of the Shizuoka sake yeast. He was one of the only three brewers of the Shida School.
His sake is fast disappearing and this particular one is the first of a series of “last bottles” I’m scouring the Prefecture to get my hands on for posterity!

It is a honjozo, meaning that it was blended with water and pure sake alcohol after pressing.
Its name “Suruga no Kuni” means the “Country of Suruga”. Suruga is also the name of the wide bay off Shizuoka Prefecture.

Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees.
Bottled in March 2012

Clarity: Very clear.
Color: Transparent.
Aroma: Assertive, fruity and dry. Complex. Banana, dark chocolate, vanilla.
Body: fluid, somewhat sirupy.
Taste: A very distinct attack, fruity and dry. Very complex.
Starts almost sweetish to take a very dry turn with a solid and pleasant alcohol backup.
Green apples, nuts.
Disappears fairly quickly while warming up the back of the palate with dry nuts, walnuts and chestnuts finish.
Dark chocolate and coffee beans tend to peek out later.
Changes little with food, although more dryness will appear later.
Marries beautifully with any food.

Overall: A very solid but elegant sake pefect for food, especially izakaya gastronomy and Western meat fare although it is thoroughly enjoyable on its own.
At 60% millage it is simply an extravagant honjozo!
A sake for all seasons, very macho in approach by Shizuoka standards!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India
Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London
Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, 47 Japanese Farms Through The Eyes of Its Rural Communities, 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!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Oomuraya Brewery-Tokubetsu Junmai-Oni Otome Yume

March 8, 2012

She looks cute, doesn’t she?
Actually, you should beware…
Oomuraya Brewery in Shimada City is celebrated for its brand “Oni koroshi/Kill a Goblin”, meaning that the sake is so good it would overwhelm a Japanese ogre.
Now, the brewery has come up with a dangerous “partner”, “Oni Otome”/ “The Goblin’s Sweetheart” and topped it with “Yume/Dream”! Brrrr….

Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 16 degrees
Dryness: + 2
Acidity: 1.3
Amino acids: 1.2
Bottled in February 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Assertive, fruity, sweetish and flowery.
Pineapple, vanilla, oranges.
Body: Fluid, slightly liquorish
Taste: A little dry attack backed up by junmai petillant.
Fruity and complex. Elegant. Pineapple, oranges, faint dark chocolate.
Lingers for a while warming up the palate.
Ending on a softer dry note with almonds and cherries.
Turns on a lighter note with food along an accent on oranges.

Overall: A sake probably best enjoyed on its own or as an aperitif.
Light and easy to drink.
Tends to a back seat with food.
A sake which should please the younger generation and ladies in particular.

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India
Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London
Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, 47 Japanese Farms Through The Eyes of Its Rural Communities, 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!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Oomuraya Brewery-Wakatake Risshun Asa Shibori Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu

March 6, 2012

Another long name for an annual limited nectar by Oomuraya brewery in Shimada City!

Now, what does “Oomuraya Brewery-Wakatake Tate Haru Asa Shiboritate Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu” stand for?
“Wakatake” is the name of Oomuraya Brewery’s main brand name.
“Risshun Shibori” means this sake had just been pressed on a Spring morning.
“Junmai Ginjo” is a premium level for a sake to which no alcohol was added.
“Nama” means it was not pasteurized.
“Genshu” means that no water was added.
A sake as it came out of the pressing!

The paper envelope attached to the neck contains a five yen coin for good luck!

Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Bottled in December 2011

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Puissant. Flowery. Fruity, banana, Macadamia nuts, vanilla. Pleasant alcohol
Body: Fluid
Taste: Strong attack backed up by pleasant alcohol and junmai petillant.
Fruity and complex: banana, oranges, vanilla, pears.
Lingers for a while warming up the palate.
Disappears on a dry note with almonds and macadamia nuts.
Great balance between fruit and acidity.
Changes little and drinks well with any food.

Overall: A traditional limited brew typical of Oomuraya Brewery’s approach.
A very solid and strong sake, but nonetheless elegant in its superlative balance between fruit and acidity.
A sake perfect with izakaya gastronomy!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London
Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, 47 Japanese Farms Through The Eyes of Its Rural Communities, 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!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Negami Brewery-Kinmei Shiboritate Junmai Genshu

March 5, 2012

Negami Brewery has the particularity to be situated at a height of 550 meters on the slopes of Mount Fuji!
This means the water used for brewing their sake gushes out of the very mountain!

I love the traditional Japanese design!
The crane and turtle/tortoise in Japan are symbols of good luck!

Rice milled down to 55% (extravagant!)
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in December 2011

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Strong, sweetish and fruity. Elegant. Oranges and nuts
Body: fluid
Taste: Dry and fruity attack backed up with soft junmai petillant and pleasant alcohol.
Complex. Oranges tend to dominate with some nuts and dark cherries.
Disappears fairly quickly on a drier note.
Varies little with food, although make a short turn to sweetness but will turn back again very swiftly to a drier note once away from food backed up with more oranges and dark cherries.

Overall: A very pleasant sake, if a bit strong, to enjoy on its own or with any food.
Despite its extravagant millage (55% for a junmai!) it is a sake most suited for food thanks to its high alcohol contest!
A sure value at any time!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

47 Japanese Farms Through The Eyes of Its Rural Communities, 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!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery


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