Tasting – Nishinoseki Tekishu

On my recent trip to Oita prefecture, I went into a local liquor shop and asked for the most "Oita" sake they had, and this is what was recommended. Nishinoseki, from Kayashima Shuzo in eastern Oita, is apparently the top-selling sake brand in the prefecture, and can be found all over the place in northern... Continue Reading →

Fun with Koshu

Koshu, or aged sake, is a tricky thing. It's a big, popular topic right now, and everyone is talking about how amazing it can be, but it's also kind of a mixed bag. It can be funky, and off-putting, and sometimes downright undrinkable. One I tried was described as having notes of soy sauce, earth,... Continue Reading →

Tasting – Kinsuzume

Kinsuzume from Horie Sakaba in Iwakuni is getting a lot of buzz from local sake lovers, but the only reason I can get from anyone is that it's good. It is good! But I don't know why everyone is excited over goodness anymore. There is a ton of good Yamaguchi sake these days, so it... Continue Reading →

Tasting – Toyobijin Ippo

Toyobijin is not exactly what I'd call an unknown quantity. Sumikawa Shuzo received a similar boost in fame as Asahi Shuzo and Dassai when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe served it at a summit meeting with Vladimir Putin in Yamaguchi prefecture. Since then, their flagship label Toyobijin is everywhere, and has spun off into an almost... Continue Reading →

Tasting – Room

Room, from Yachiyo Shuzo, is not a new sake to me. I've had it at events and festivals before. However, this is my first bottle at home, and it is a different experience when enjoyed in your own living room. As I have mentioned before, Room is the first solo produced sake from Kumiko Kaba,... Continue Reading →

Tasting – Nakasu Sake

It makes me sad how difficult it will be to explain the pun behind this sake's name in English. But we'll get to that. No need to cry. Nakasu sake is is from Hatsumomiji, the makers behind Harada sake. It's a local favorite, and a kura I've visited a few times. I like their sake,... Continue Reading →

On The Road – Nada pt. 2

In my last post, I talked about visiting the Nada area of Kobe and the Hakutsuru Sake Brewing Museum. This continuation will look at some (slightly) lesser known kura, which were much more fun. Directly after Hakutsuru, we went to visit SawanoTsuru. This brewery was founded 300 years ago, and it uses the distinctive "rice... Continue Reading →

On the Road – Nada pt. 1

This blog focuses on two things, mostly: Jizake in general (i.e. small local sake breweries), and Yamaguchi in particular. Today's post, however, has nothing to do with either. A colleague on a recent business trip invited me to visit his neighborhood of Nada in Kobe to visit some sake breweries, and how could I say... Continue Reading →

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