Twice a year, Yamaguchi sakagura and several gourmet Japanese restaurants near Tokuyama station in Shunan host the Guruguru Yamaguchi no Sake event. For a 7000 yen ticket, you get a name tag and the right to visit 5 restaurants, each of which hosts 1 or 2 different sake brewers for a tasting and pairing experience.... Continue Reading →
I picked this little beauty up at a local shop based on the label design alone. Isn't it pretty? This is a honjozo, meaning it's made with a 60% milling ratio like a Ginjo, but also includes some brewer's alcohol in the process, as opposed to a junmai. This is actually... Continue Reading →
This brew comes from Nagayama Honke Shuzojo in Ube, Yamaguchi. Their normal label is Taka, but for this special product, available only through Yamaguchi Liquor Space Taiyo shops, they use the special name Takaharu. They also use a paper outer wrapper for extra snazz! This sake grew on me. The first couple of cups were... Continue Reading →
This is a bottle I drank over yakitori, as is my wont, with the family at a local restaurant. Hiroshima has a very strong sake tradition, and a huge number of well respected kura. Aihara Shuzo, with their famous Ugo no Tsuki label, is certainly among the best known. This is their "special" honjozo unpasteurized,... Continue Reading →
This article was first published October 12, 2012 for the gentlemen's grooming site Sharpologist. The text remains as-is, but I have updated with some notes where appropriate.
This article was originally published March 6, 2011, on my blog "A Loss For Words" (now defunct.) The picture quality is...not the best, but it was a different time, then. Links and a few terms have been updated to reflect changes in website and education. Last weekend we had the good luck to get a... Continue Reading →