Chikushino Daiginjo – Tasting

I usually focus on Yamaguchi sake for this, but that's not because it's better or anything. It's just that I'm local, and I love to support local business. At the same time, I'm more than happy to drink sake from anywhere. Especially, as in this case, when it's a gift from a friend! Chikushino Daiginjo.... Continue Reading →

Joker Bourbon Barrel – Tasting

I was sorely tempted to title this review "And now for something completely different" but I'm trying to avoid cliches. Anyway, this is... Something completely different. Joker Bourbon Barrel, Seimeibuai 70%, Alcohol 30% Joker is from Murashige Shuzo, the Iwakuni kura responsible for the very good Kinkan Kuromatsu sake label, but I would hesitate to... Continue Reading →

Yamaguchi Sake in the Wild

One interesting thing I'm noticing lately about the general Yamaguchi sake boom (this is the only prefecture in Japan where sake sales have gone up every year for the last 11 years) is that local people are taking more notice of these great Yamaguchi brews, too. It's not just Dassai, either. I'm seeing shops advertising... Continue Reading →

Hana Kaori – Tasting

This is a blast from the past for me, as it's one of the first sakes I tried when I was just getting into the drink 10 or so years ago. It was the premier label of Yamagata Honten back then, before Moriko and Bochozuru, and when I visited the kura I had some straight... Continue Reading →

Yamaguchi Sakagura List Update

I have been at this little project of mine for ages, it feels like. I have been hunting Yamaguchi sakes near and far since spring of last year, but I only started my concerted effort in July. So... about a year? And how far have I come? well, let's see. The undrunk Yamaguchi sake list,... Continue Reading →

Seiriki Ginjo – Tasting

This particular sake has eluded me for a while. It's from Shunan City's Nakamura Sakaba, the last local kura on my list, BUT! It is yet another example of a brew labeled and sold by one kura, but made by another. So... Who actually made it? I don't really know. Seiriki Ginjo (aruten), Seimaibuai 60%... Continue Reading →

Sake in Hiroshima Event

The tax office in Hiroshima sponsors a yearly sake tasting and networking event, and this year they included 50 spaces specifically for foreign residents of Japan. The sake world is looking more and more outward, and from the top down the whole industry is focusing more on international appeal. The opening ceremony tasting demonstration. The... Continue Reading →

Sake Awards Tasting

My previous post, about the Yamaguchi Sake Awards, intimated that I got a chance to try some amazing sakes, and this is the payoff! Yes, I got to try the very best sakes in Yamaguchi. Oohh lala! First on the list is Yachiyo Shuzo's Room. Yachiyo (Japanese link)is one of the kura I'd not yet... Continue Reading →

Yamaguchi Sake Awards 2019

The Yamaguchi Sake Awards 山口県新酒鑑評会 is the prefectural step on the way to the Japan Sake awards 全国新酒鑑評会 and this year they were held on April 14. I was able to go to the awards dinner on the evening and got a chance to taste a gathering of all the best sakes in the prefecture,... Continue Reading →

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