Takaharu Tokubetsu Junmai – Tasting

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 →

Ugo no Tsuki – Tasting

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 →

A Sake is Born (From the Archive)

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 →

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