Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Fujimasa Brewery-Honjozo

Usually I’m not really keen to acquire “souvenir sets” when it come to sake, but Fujimasa Brewery in Fujinomiya City, whose sake are not easy to buy in Shizuoka City, put out an interesting set I could not resist!

Instead of the difficult to handle one-cup sake they offered their products in 180 ml bottles making it so practical for individual tasting of 3 different sake instead of having to buy the bigger bottles.

Cute design representing the brewery!

You are invited to compare the three different tastes!

The second bottle! A honjozo!

Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 15=16 degrees
Bottled in August 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Light golden hue
Aroma: Strong, fruity and spicy. Green apples, melon, almonds and faint notes of banana.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Well-rounded attack with a strong and pleasant alcohol bak up warming up the palate.
Complex. Dry, fruity and spicy.
Almonds, dark chocolate, chestnuts.
Lingers for a little while before leaving the stage on a dry and spicy note.
Easy to drink on its own away from food in spite of its dry and spicy nature.
Dry almonds make a strong comeback with the second cup.
Varies little with food, persevering with its delicious spiciness. Actually tends to take on a softer turn inside the palate with a wealth of nuts.
Oranges, macadamia nuts, almonds and chestnuts combine for a very pleasant nutty sweetish taste away from food.

Overall: Another sake obviously designed for food, but eminently enjoyable on its own.
A sake one could bring to any izakaya, BBQ or outdoors party!
The spicy nutty taste will surprise and please quite a few, especially for the fact it tends to reveal new facets from the third glass onward!


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: 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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