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 →

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 →

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