Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Suruga Brewery-Abekaido Tokubetsu Honjozo

“Abekaido” which means “Abe River Route” was part of the old “Tokaido/East Route” which ran from Edo to Kyoto.
People then had no recourse but to cross the Abe River in Shizuoka City, then called Sunpu, unless they wished the country beyond the Southern Alps.

The Abekaido brand was originally created by the defunct Yoshiya Brewery that the present Suruga Brewery acquired upon the retirement of its last sake masterbrewer!

Rice milled down to 60%
Dryness: + 5~; 8
Acidity: 1.0~1.2
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in December 2011

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Transparent
Aroma: Dry and fruity. Banana, dark chocolate
Body: Fluid
Taste: Dry and fruity strong attack backed by pleasant alcohol.
Warming up the back of the palate. Complex.
Lingers for a while on a dry note.
Dark chocoleate, banana, dry almonds, oranges.
Fairly strong but pleasant.
Assertive but attractive.
Gets drier with food with a stronger accent on oranges and almonds with an appearance of lemons.
Dark chocolate reappears away from the food with a sweeter note.

Overall: A sake definitely conceived for food as it doesn’t vary much.
Marries very well with any food, even curry!
A bottle you could keep carrying around as you never know… a B.B.Q., a new friend, an old one, or…


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, 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!, 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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