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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Takashima Brewery-Hakuin Masamune Karakuchi Junmai

These days Takashima Brewery is receiving a lot of accolades from all over Japan for its top-class premium sake, but I also have a weakness for their more humble brews!

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One of them is simply called “karakuchi/dry junmai”, but it worth all its (low) price!

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Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 15 degrees
Bottled in October 2014

Clarity: very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: dry and fruity. Almonds, macadamia nuts, oranges, walnuts
Body: fluid
Taste: very dry and fruity attack with only a little junmai petillant.
Complex: Almonds, walnuts, chestnuts with hints of oranges.
Lingers for while with a dry, fruity and pleasant finish.
Stays dry all the time. New facets appear with the second sip: dark chocolate, more nuts.
Varies little with food. Stays faithful to the first impression even with heavy food.

Overall: Obviously a sake devised to marry with heavy food, especially izakaya fare. Actually enhances the food.
Nonetheless eminently eminently enjoyable on its own. I would definitely drink it all evening and night, although this might turn up into a dangerous proposition.
A sake for all seasons, especially for dry sake lovers!
Don’t get fooled by its seemingly humbleness!

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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: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery-Ten Teki Koshu Junmai

I have just had one more occasion of tasting a sake a bit off the tracks by Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery in Hamamatsu City!

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“Ten Teki”, which means “IV” in English!
It is a koshu/古酒, a sake 15-year old!

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

Clarity: very clear
Color:Golden
Aroma: very dry and fruity. Sherry, cherries
Body: fluid
Taste: sweet, deep and fruity attack.
Plums with notes of umeshu and rum.
Very elegant.
Changes little with food but for an even drier note.
Stays fruity all the time.

Overall: A sake to be drunk as a digestif with chocolate or any dessert, unless you wish to challenge a great pairing with strong cheese, both to be taken at at the end of a special repast.
If you happen to drink it as a liqueur, it will quickly disappear!

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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: Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery-Kijyoushu Junmai Nama Sake

I have just had the occasion of tasting a sake a bit off the tracks by Hamamatsu-Tenjingura Brewery in Hamamatsu City!

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Its name is Kijyoushu/貴醸酒, and it is done by adding already made junmai sake to the leftover moromi/mash of the same sake as opposed to an unfiltered sake! You could it is blended for further fermentation!

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Naturally it is a limited brew!

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Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in November 2014

Clarity: White and smoky, normal due to contents of white lees, but very clean
Color: white
Aroma: Sweetish and assertive. Pears
Body: Siruppy
Taste: Very strong junmai petillant backed attack. very fruity.
Complex. Pears, apples, with hints of lychees.
Lingers for a while warming up the palate before departing on a drier note.
The petillant will tone down along the way.
Turns slightly sweeter with food with a comeback of the petillant.

Overall: very interesting and elegant white lees sake.
Would definitely appeal to ladies as a white lees sake.
Reminiscent of “namazake”!

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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: Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Gohyakumangoku Junmai Ginjo Genshu Fukurotsuri Shizuku (conducted at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

I don’t mind repeating it all the time but I prefer conducting sake tastings in the right environment but not many places are propitious for that exercise or willing to help.
But La Sommeliere in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City is certainly becoming a habit as not only I can conduct my tasting in the best conditions possible but also exchange views at the same time!

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Now, what sake did I taste this time?
It certainly makes for a long name!

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Sanwa Brewery (Shizuoka city, Shimizu ku): Garyubai (brand name) Gohyakumangoku (sake rice name) Junmai Ginjo (no pure rice alcohol blended in) Genshu (no pure water added) Fukuro tsuri shizuoka (natural “pressing” done through a hanged cloth bag!

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Rice: Gohyakumangoku (Toyama Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Dryness: + 4
Acidity: 1.4
Bottled in November 2014

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Clarity: very clear
Color: very faint golden hue
Aroma: very fruity. Dryish. banana, lychees, custard
Body: fluid
Taste: very dry and fruity attack backed with puissant junmai petillant and welcome alcohol. Delicious acidity.
Complex: lychees with hints of custard.
Keeps very dry all the way through.
Lingers for a little while before departing with very dry mandarin oranges, coffee beans and dark chocolate.
Practically does not vary with food.

Overall: Would make for the perfect dry aperitif or first drink to be served with light appetizers, although it should be enjoyed on its own.
Surprisingly elegant considering the humble Gohyakumanoku sake rice!

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays & National Holidays
Entirely non-smoking!

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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-Oni Otome Sachi Junmai

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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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: Hatsukame Brewery-Akiagari Honjozo Genshu

Although cheaper than a junmai/sake not blended with pure rice alcohol, the blending of a honjozo is actually no easy matter. And it is even rare to find it in its genshu state, that is blended with pure water to lower the alcohol level!

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These days Hatsukame Brewery puts a small red circle called “maru” in memory of a beloved cat of the same name!

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Rice: oyama Nishiki + Gohaykumangoku
Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 18~19 degrees
Dryness: + 2.0
Acidity: 1.75
Bottled in September 2014

Clarity: very clear
Color: transparent
Aroma: assertive. Pears, alcohol, green apples
Body: fluid
Taste: very dry and fruity attack backed by beautiful acidity.
After a strong alcohol appearance subtly slides onto a sweet and fruity note.
Very elegant for a honjozo.
Complex: pears, green apples.
Varies little with food.

Overall: Would make for a superb aperitif but actually marries beautifully with any food, including meat and heavy izakaya fare.
For lovers of strong but subtle sake!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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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, 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: Takashima Brewery-Hakuin Masamune Yamahai Junmai Hiyaoroshi Genshu

I finally had the chance to taste an old favorite of mine by Takashima Brewery in Numazu City.
Owner/Master Brewer Kazutaka Takashima uses this label to advertise the fact that Shizuoka Prefecture produces the greatest number of natural edible seaweed in Japan!

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This time I conducted this tasting at A Votre Sante Wine, Sake and multi store shop in Aoi Ku, Shozuoka City!

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As it is a standing bar it is the perfect place for a tasting!
The brew made for another long name!
Hakuin Masamune Yamahai Junmai (No pure alcohol blended in) Hiyaoroshi (pasteurized only once) Genshu (No water blended in)!

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Rice: Ginfubuki
Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Dryness: +6
Acidity: 1.5
Bottled in Septmebr 2014

Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: Fruity and assertive. Pears, custard
Body: fluid, slightly sirupy
Taste: very assertive and fruity attack backed up with puissant junmai petillant and beautiful alcohol.
Deep and complex.
Coffee beans, dark chocolate.
Lingers on for a while warming up the palate before leaving on a drier and even deeper note with strong hints of roasted coffee beans.
Tends to show more facets with following sips.

Overall: I didn’t taste this sake with any food, and it is probably for the best.
A great sake with a character rarely found in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Makes for the perfect aperitif, but I suspect it would really enjoyable with cheese or pork meats!
Would definitely perform better than many vaunted wines.
A discovery!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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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