Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Senju Brewery-“Kiwami” O karakuchi + 20 Honjozo


The toji/brew master in Senju Brewery, Iwata City, is the only Echigo School toji in Shizuoka Prefecture and it shows when creating limited brews!


This is a very dry sake even by Shizuoka dry standards!
Incidentally “kiwami/極” means “very good”!


At + 20 it must be a record here or very near it!


Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 14~15 degrees (low alcohol)
Bottled in March 2013

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Fragrant, dry, oranges, banana, pineapple.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Very dry attack but very fruity and easy to drink.
Warms up back of the palate in a gentle but insistent manner.
In spite of the elegant fruitiness the dryness tends to conceal the multiple facets of this sake which nonetheless appear on the tongue and palate once the dryness has receded.
Oranges, nuts, chestnuts, hints of coffee beans.
Lingers on only for a while.
Marries beautifully with any dish or food without interfering with the latter, almost taking a back seat.

Overall: An intriguing and very dry but still gentle sake.
Its multiple facets are difficult to catch, which entices you to the next sip and glass.
For dry sake lovers, be they ladies or gentlemen!
In spite of its dryness it is very elegant and soft as the alcohol level is somewhat low by Shizuoka standards.
Makes for a mysterious love affair with dark chocolate!
I personally think you could eminently enjoy it on its own at any temperature or with any food, be it a vegetable appetizer, a meat stew or a dessert.
A sure value!


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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