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 →

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 →

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 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 →

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