Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Makino Brewery-Fujisan Junmai


With the advent of Mount Fuji and Matsubara Beach being chosen as the New UNESCO World Culture Heritage, the sake breweries have been scrambling to put on sale brews commemorating the event!


The red tag makes sure you understand the purpose of this particular sake brewed in Fujinomiya City by Makino Brewery at the foot of Mount Fuji.
Actually the brand name “Fujisan” is owned by only two breweries, one in Yamanashi Prefecture and by Makino Brewery!


Rice milled down to 70%
Alcohol: 15 degrees
Bottled in June 2013

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Light and fruity. Rice, banana.
Body: Fluid
Tasting: Very well-rounded dry attack, fruity with a muted junmai petillant backup.
Lingers for a while warming up back of the mouth.
Loquats, almonds, apricots, macadamia nuts, apples.
Changes very little with food but for a drier note. Actually marries well with any food, especially izakaya fare.
Better enjoyed with food as it “nags” you into the next cup.

Overall: A typical sake from Shizuoka Prefecture with a lot of complexity, fruit and dry but smooth attck.
Whenever enjoyed with food or not, it insistently pulls you back into the next cup, a sure sign of an eminently drinkable sake!
The kind of sake to bring to any party including food, be it a bbq or a sophisticated affair!


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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