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

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!


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,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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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