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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Omuraya Brewery-Tokubetsu Junmai Nama sake-Oni Otome Namida

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This is the fourth and “last” of a new series of limited sake created by Omuraya Brery in Shimada City every season on the theme of “Oni Otome/鬼乙女/Goblin Lady as the brewery felt that the Oni/鬼/Goblin they were killing everyday with their famous brand “Oni Gorosjhi/鬼殺し/Killing a Goblin” well deserved a companion!

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“Namida/涙” stands for “Tears”, obviously Joy tears from the Oni Otome dressed all in white as if for a wedding with her beloved Oni!
But don’t trust her! She is a devious and eminently dangerous lady!
No wonder as it is a “nama”, non-pasteurised sake!

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Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 16 degrees
Dryness: + 1.0
Acidity: 1.3
Amino Acids: 1.1
Bottled in December 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Discreet, dry and fruity. Banana
Body: fluid
Taste: Dry and fruity attack back with junmai petillant.
Oranges.
Disappears fairly quickly.
Complex and elegant and eminently enjoyable.
Varies little with food except for an accentuated dryness.
Actually marries well with food and improves accordingly.
Shows more facets with further sips including coffee beans.

Overall: A beautiful sake which marries well with food in spite of its fairly elevated status.
Perfect with izakaya cuisine and heavy food.
Especially appreciated by ladies. No wonder!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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

Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Fuji Takasago Brewery-Limited Edition-Kotobuki

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Every year Fuji Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City has the interesting habit of producing a limited brew called “Kotobuki/寿?, meaning “Congratulations” with “leftovers of different brew concocted during the year.
Actually it is a very happy blend of sake difficult to classify but eminently enjoyable, the more for it that it is limited!
Note the character 寿/kotobuki/congratulations has been designed in the shape of a Snake as 2103 is the Year of the Snake!

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Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: + 5.0
Bottled in November 21012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Light golden hue
Aroma: Light and fruity. Melon
Body: Fluid
Taste: Well-rounded fruity attack with beautiful alcohol warming up back of the palate.
Disappears quickly.
Very fruity in spite of its announced dryness.
Complex. Nutty flavor almost exploding on the tongue.
Almonds, dark chocolate, macadamia nuts.
Tends to become even drier with plenty of almonds popping up at the back of the palate after a few sips.

Overall: Very easy to drink and more elegant than expected!
Great with food, although could actually be enjoyed on its own as a chilled aperitif or a night cap!
Would greatly marry with cheese!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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

Shizuoka Liqueur Tasting: KE? Blueberry Liqueur by Senju Brewery

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It is always a rare pleasure to discover local fruit liqueurs made by local breweries!
The latest discovery was a liqueur brewed by Senju Brewery in Iwata City with local blueberries!

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A very elegant bottle for the perfect Shizuoka souvenir to offer to a special friend!
Knowing there are three more liqueurs made with other fruit it becomes a rare treat!

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The first such fully local blueberry liqueur to be created in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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A souvenir to take abroad!
The name “け?” or “Ke?” simply means “What?” in local dialect?

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Senju Brewery which also produces shochu made it with their own sake and shochu and the juice freshly pressed blueberries grown locally!

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“Senju/千寿” means “One thousand Congratulations”!

Ingredients: Kome/rice shochu and blueberry juice
Alcohol: 8 degrees
Contents: 300 ml/cc

Clarity: Very clear, although blueberry fruit particles are found at the bottom
Color: Dark red/cassis color
Aroma: Sweetish. Blueberry
Body: Fluid, light.
Taste: Very soft attack.
Light and easy to drink.
Blueberry. Drier than sweet.
Very feminine in approach.
Although I found it dry my lady friends thought it was sweet.
Blueberry flavors tend to take a turn to a stronger, deeper and ever more drier with the next sip.

Overall: An aperitif?
A digestif?
It would certainly be a close fight!
Enjoyed as a slightly chilled aperitif it will deliciously prepare the guests taste buds before a repast.
Savored at room temperature it will make for a very safe night cap to help forget worldly worries!
A great drink at an izakya for people not veresed on strong drinks.
I personally appreciated on its own at room temperature back from a long work day.
I actually intend to use it as a great finishing touch in a sauce to accompany duck!
But all in all makes for the perfect and elegant farewell before meeting bliss in bed (asleep or not!)

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

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