Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Negami Brewery-Kanou Kinmei Junmai Ginjo


You do have to be on the lookout for limited brews with Negami Brewery in Gotemba City as they tend come and go very quickly, and unless you have the chance to know the brewer personally like my my lucky self, they will pass by you without notice!


This brew is particularly interesting as it experiments with Omachi rice from Okayama prefecture and Hattan 55 Rice from Hiroshima Prefecture, and this with the water and yeast of Shizuoka prefecture!


Rice: Omachi & Hattan 55
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: + 2
Acidity: 1.4
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in October 2012

Clarity: very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Assertive. Dry and fruity. Melon, banana.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Strong and fruity attack with lovely dry junmai petillant warming u back of the palate.
Complex and elegant.
Lingers on only for a little while.
Melon, oranges, with notes of sweet lemon.
Begins on a sweetish note to quickly revert onto very fruity dryness.
Changes little with food although takes on an even drier turn.
Eminently enjoyable away from food as well as any time during a repast.

Overall: An elegant and rare sake typical of Negami Brewery.
A sake that elegantly invites you for more intriguing exploration.
Would please ladies and gentlemen alike.
I would definitely it for a special private tete a tete!


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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