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Gifu Sake Tasting: One Cup Series 1) Miyozakura Brewery-Junmai

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The other day once again thanks to her husband, my good friend Atsuko Kurata offered me this one cup sake from Gifu Prefecture as part of a batch of no less than 8 cups from 6 different Prefectures!
This particular sake brewed by Miyozakura Brewery is a junmai!

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Now, why a panda? LOL

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Rice milled down to 70%
Alcohol: 15 degrees
Bottled in March 2015

Clarity: very clear
Color: transparent
Aroma: discreet. Coffee beans, rice
Body: fluid
Taste: Dry and fruity attack backed with strong junmai petillant.
More complex than expected. Apricots, macadamia nuts, very dry almonds.
Lingers for a while on palate before departing on an even drier note with hints of coffee beans and roasted nuts.
Turns milder but still very dry with food. Tends to disappear more quickly then.

Overall: A better than average one cup sake for dry sake lovers.
Should marry well with any food!
Lovely design!

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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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Aomori Sake Tasting: One Cup Series 1) Tamada Brewery-Tamagawa Umakuchi Honjozo

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The other day once again thanks to her husband, my good friend Atsuko Kurata offered me this one cup sake from Aomori Prefecture as part of a batch of no less than 8 cups from 6 different Prefectures!
This particular sake brewed by Tamada Brewery has been made famous by its apple symbol!

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Alcohol: 15~16 degrees

Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: dry. Greens, rice, apples
Body: fluid
Taste: very dry attack.
Apples.
Lingers on the palate only for a short time.
Varies little with food.
The fruity side tends to become stronger after a few sips.
Late appearance of chestnuts, oranges and coffee beans.

Overall: Interestingly enough it odes taste like apples!
Straightforward sake but still quite enjoyable.
For dry sake lovers with a little apple!)!
Pairs well 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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, 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

Osaka Sake Tasting: One Cup Series 1) Akishika Brewery-Chiaki Junmai

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The other day once again thanks to her husband, my good friend Atsuko Kurata offered me this one cup sake from Osaka Prefecture as part of a batch of no less than 8 cups from 6 different Prefectures!
This particular sake brewed by Akishika Brewery has been made famous by its deer (actually both stag and doe) character!

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Rice milled down to 70%
Alcohol: 14~15 degrees
Bottled in February 2015

Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: Rice, dark chocolate
Body: Fluid
Taste: Dry and fruity attack backed with only a little junmai petillant.
Dark chocolate, coffee beans, almonds, azuki beans.
Lingers for a while on the palate before disappearing with more dry coffee beans.
varies little with food but for a drier note.

Overall: Solid and reliable sake, obviously designed to accompany dfood.
Best drunk with vegetables and pickles.
Beautiful present, too!

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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: Kanzawagawa Brewery-Shosetsu Ginjo

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I actually conducted this tasting in my “secret lair” ( not so secret for many of my friends!)!

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One of my favorite breweries in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City: Kanzawagawa Brewery!
Shosetu ginjo!

Rice milled down to 50%
Alcohol: 16~17 degrees
Bottled in march 2015

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Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: dry and fruity. Apples, melon, pineapple.
Body: fluid
Taste: dry and very fruity attack baked up with pleasant alcohol.
Complex.
Plums, apricots, muscat, dry custard.
Lingers for a while on the palate before departing on notes of dry plums, oranges and coffee beans.
Late appearance of dark chocolate.
Varies little with food but for a drier note.

Overall: very elegant and deep sake with lots of character in spite of strong alcohol contents.
Eminently enjoyable on its own but beautifully marries with Japanese food, Japanese pickles in particular.
A sure and reliable value!

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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

Nagano Sake Tasting: One Cup Series 1) Kikusui Brewery-Saru Kura no Izumi Junmai Ginjo

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The other day once again thanks to her husband, my good friend Atsuko Kurata offered me this one cup sake from Nagano Prefecture as part of a batch of no less than 8 cups from 6 different Prefectures!
This particular sake brewed by Kikusui Brewery has been made famous by its character doll!

It represents a kind of teddy bear with its head inside an apple bonnet and with a rucksack!

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But the name of the sake is a it unrelated as “Saru Kura no Izumi” means “Monkey Brewery Water Spring”!

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Rice: nagano sake rice
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15 degrees
Bottled in April 2015

Clarity: very clear
Color: almost transparent
Aroma: Strong and fruity: apple compote, faint mandarin oranges
Body: fluid
Taste: very dry and fruity attack backed up by some junmai petillant.
More complex than expected.
Apple compote, mandarin oranges, macadamia nuts, custard.
lingers for a little while on palate before departing on an even drier note with hins of greens, melon. Late appearance of dark chocolate and coffee beans.
Varies little with but for a momentary drier note.

Overall: More complex and elegant than expected.
For lovers of dry but fruity sake.
Eminently enjoyable slightly chilled on its own.
Pairs up with any light starters . Great with cheese, too!

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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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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

Hokkaido Sake Tasting: One Cup Series 1)Takasago Brewery-The Zoo-tto Asahiyama Set Junmai

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From one side!

The other day once again thanks to her husband, my good friend Atsuko Kurata offered me this 3 one cup sake set from Hokkaido Prefecture as part of a batch of no less than 8 cups from 6 different Prefectures!
This set of three one-cup sake is from Hokkaido by Takasago Brewery!

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From the other side!

That particular set is part of a souvenir package to promote the Zoo in Asahiyama!

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Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 14~15 degrees
Bottled in January 2015

Clarity: very clear
Color: almost transparent
Aroma: discreet. Rice, chestnuts
Body: Fluid
Taste: soft and dry attack backed up with some junmai petillant.
Custard, macadamia nuts, chestnuts.
Lingers only for short while before departing on a slightly mellower note with hints of coffee and greens.
Changes little with food but for a slight turn to sweetness.

Overall: A straightforward sake better fit to enjoy with food.
Very easy to drink.
Will please anybody with a traditional Japanese meal!

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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: Fujinishiki Brewery-Fuurin no Sasayaki Junmai Ginjo (conducted at La Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

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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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This time I tasted a remarkable sake brewed in Fujinomiya City!

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“Fuurin no sasayaki/The Murmur of Summer Wind Bell” Junmai Ginjyo by Fujinishiki Brewery!
It is sold for a reasonable 630 yen for a 300 ml bottle at la Sommeliere!

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Rice: Yamada Nishiki (HYogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Yeast: No 1401
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: + 4.4
Acidity: 1.5
Bottled in April 2015

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Clarity: very clear
Color: Light golden hue
Aroma: Dry and mineral. Salt, algae (konbu), Japanese parsley (seri), greens
Body: fluid
Taste: very dry and complex attack backed by a little of junmai petillant.
Green coffee beans, dry cacao, lime, algae (konbu).
Lingers only for a little while before departing with hints of mandarin oranges and green Japanese plums (ume)
Coffee beans come strongly with the rise in temperature.

Overall: Unusual sake for Fujinishiki Brewery
Obviously conceived for summer drinking and eating.
Would be perfect with sushi and oysters.
Also beautifully pairs with raw bonito (katsuo), cold pork shabu shabu (reishabu), raw seabream marinated with seaweed (tai konbujime), green leaves tempura and buckwheat noodles (soba).
Probably best appreciated chilled first and left to warm up gradually to room temperature.
Deserves extra attention!

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 (~20:00 on Sundays and Holidays)
Entirely non-smoking!
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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