Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Hatsukame Brewery-“Kame” Junmai Ginjo

What I like about the sake brewed at Hatsukame Brewery in Okabe, Fujieda City, is that the brewery makes a sterling effort to present it beautifully!


This certainly made for a great present!


This junmai ginjo simply called “kame/Turtle”, a sign of prosperity in Japan has been a long seller for quite a while!


Rice: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 55%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in November 2014

Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: Dry, fruity. pears, melon, lychees, hints of vanilla
Body: fluid
Taste: Very fruity, dry and mellow attack backed up with pleasant junmai petillant.
Complex: lychees, almonds, citruses, vanilla.
Lingers for a very short while before departing on a drier note with appearances of dark chocolate, chestnuts and oranges.
Varies little with food.

Overall: an eminently elegant sake one can enjoy as a semi-sweet sherry wine or instead of a white wine similar to an Alsace white at any time of a meal, although I best enjoyed it on its own.
Would do superbly with appetizers of any kind. Enhances cheese in particular.
A superb sake for a special occasion!


So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
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, Pie
, 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

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