Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Kokko Brewery-Tokubetsu Junmai Nakagumi Muroka Genshu “Miyabi no Iki”


Another great sake from a great brewery with a story for a name!
Kokko Brewery in Fukuroi City is known for its very sake even in this Prefecture where sake are drier than usual!
The name “Miyabi no Iki/雅の粋2 could be translated as “The Essence of Elegance”!


“Naka Gumi/中汲み” stands for the fact that the sake was directly scooped out of the tank and “Murooka/無濾過” means that the sake was not filtered.


Rice: Yamada Nishiki 20% + Gohyakumangoku 80%
Rice milled down to 55%
Dryness: + 7
Acidity: 1.5
Amino acids: 1.3
Yeast: Shizuoka Ginjo HD-1
Alcohol: 17~18 degrees
Bottled in December 2012

Clarity: Slightly smoky due to the presence of sake kasu/white lees
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Discreet and elegant. Fruity. Banana
Body: Fluid
Taste: Strong Junmai and sakekasu/white lees attack.
Very and very fruity: Melon, Oranges, lemon.
Disappears fairly quickly on an even drier note.
Complex and difficult to catch.
Varies little with food although turns slightly milder with more melon notes.

Overall: A strong sake by Shizuoka standards and more akin to “traditional sake” found outside our Prefecture, although its dryness will keep it apart from the latter.
Very pleasurable and easy to drink in spite of its high alcohol contents.
Can be enjoyed with any food, especially heavy izakaya food in spite of its elevated status.
At 55% millage, simply extravagant for a sake fit for izakaya cuisine!


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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