Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Ginjo 20 Year-old Koshu


I was lucky enough the other day to discover this “koshu/old sake” by Sanwa brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!


Such sake are rare, even in Shizuoka Prefecture, and you need luck to find them!
I certainly didn’t hesitate as it would have probably been the last chance to acquire it!


Matured for very long years!

SN3O5439Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture9
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: ; 6
Acidity: 1.3
Contents: 300 ml
Brewed in 1993
Bottled in October 2013

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Golden
Aroma: Assertive. Very dry and fruity. Pears, apples.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Very dry attack.
Complex. Reminiscent of a very fry white sherry wine.
Very dry pears, apples, oranges, pineapple.
Disappears quickly on a lasting dry nuts note. Persimmons making a comeback later.
Elegant and intriguing.
Show many new facets with every sip showing hints of nuts and chetsnuts.
Changes little with food.

Overall: A superb aperitif to be enjoyed at the beginning of a special repast.
Thoroughly enjoyable on its own.
Probably best appreciated as a night cap reading a great book or watching a memorable movie after a great meal or sipping it in great company!
More than a discovery, a privilege!


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Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, 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: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-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

8 thoughts on “Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Sanwa Brewery-Garyubai Ginjo 20 Year-old Koshu”

  1. As a developing fan of “koshu”, I am envious indeed. Would you mind telling us just how you found this? Was in a Aoi-shi, Shizuoka sakeya? Twenty years old! I was advised that koshu in winter may be slightly warmed. I am enjoying a three-year old koshu from Tamagawa Shuzo in the Kyoto mountains, and it already has quite a satisfying development into the deeper notes.


    1. Dear Patricia!
      I managed to get my hands on this particular “koshu” brewed by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku because a friend who holds a liquor shop (Nagashima Saketen in Aoi Ku) gets it directly from the aforementioned brewery. If you are looking for “Shizuoka Koshu” I’m confident I can find quite a few here. I know at least of 4~%!
      Now, Tamagawa Brewery’s toji is no one but Phillip Harper who produces real beauties! Great choice!
      It’s true that “koshu” can and should be appreciated lukewarm (no hot!)!


  2. Dear Santa-san,
    I’ve been very good. Please bring this to me for Christmas.

    I really enjoy a good sake. I rarely imbibe but when I do, I want it to be better than good. This looks like it would make me happy.


    1. LOL
      The problem is that I’m agnostic and don’t believe in Santa Claus!
      But I can at least advise you on any Shizuoka sake if you can find them in your city!
      That is unless you come to shizuoka. In that case I’ll treat you!


      1. That’s okay if you don’t believe in Santa. Santa really isn’t that important…I was being silly.

        But I will definitely keep my eye open for Shizuoka sake. And Shizuoka sounds delightful, from posts I’ve been reading. maybe one day, I’ll win the lottery and be able to travel wherever and whenever I choose.


      2. I’m living in Richmond, VA The US, particularly this area, has ll manner of non-winnable lotteries. Unless you live someplace in Indiana or bought a ticket at the airport. Those are the folks who seem to win the “megamillions…..


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