Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Makino Brewery-Fujisan Junmai Ginjo


Makino Brewery might be a small brewery in Fujinomiya City but it is the only in Prefecture calling one one of its brands “Fujisan/Mount Fuji/富士山”!

Their sake are not easy to find in Shizuoka City, but for once I managed to get my hands on their Junmai Ginjo!

Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15 degrees
Bottled in September 2012

Clarity: very clear
Color: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Fruity and light. Pineapple, green apples
Body: Fluid
Taste: Dry and smooth attack immediately followed by puissant junmai petillant.
Rapidly disappears on an even drier note.
Fruity and complex. Almond, pears, macadamia nuts.
Ends up on very dry almonds.
Insistently calls for the next cup.
Faint coffee beans appearing later.
Very easy to drink in spite of its very dry nature.
Changes little with food but tends to disappear more quickly then.
Strong comeback by coffee beans away from food.

Overall: In spite of its elevated ginjo status, it is a sake highly enjoyable with food.
Because of its dryness it can be also appreciated at any temperature.
A sake for dry sake lovers, it seemed very attractive to my lady friends!


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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