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Shizuoka Shochu Tasting 4-8: Fujinishiki Distillery: Chakkiri Bushi

September 25, 2008


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Fujinishiki Brewery/Distillery has always been willing to explore all facets of Shochu Distilling.
It also has the merit to use entirely local ingredients whenever possible.
I have seen a lot of Shochu “made with Shizuoka Tea” all over Japan, and none is the true product.
Fujinishiki Distillery is the only one in Japan to use real Shizuoka Tea. Full stop.
This particular brand, Chakkiri Bushi commemrates history and Kunoyama Toshogun in Shizuoka City, formerly Sunpu City, the home f the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Chakkiri Bushi

Ingredients:
Raw tea leaves: more than 10%. Tokugawakei Ukari No Honyama Variety exclusively grown in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Rice (JA Shizuoka Kinuhikari) and fermented rice grown and treated in Shizuoka Prefecture.
Water: Source water from well dug at bottom of Mount Fuji.
Alcohol contents: 25 degrees
Contents: 720ml

Clarity: Very clean and clear

Aroma: Sharp tgreen tea and green vegetables.

Body: extremely light.

Taste: Very strong green tea leaves taste.
Turns quickly lighter as it spreads around the palate. Tea leaves taste will come back again later.
Fluctuates to sweetness upon eating.

Overall: A discovery.
Shochu tends too often to look like another as ingredients are not revealed to their full extent.
Considering that people here usually drink “Shizuoka Wari”, that is shochu mixed with cold or hot green tea, they won’t for once need any supplement. Moreover, they will find little reason to ignore it!
Bets drunk on its own or poured over ice. If one wants to dilute it, good pure water is best!

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New Shochu!: “Chittorattsu”

April 30, 2008


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(Courtesy of Shizuoka Shinbun. April, 29th, 2008)

A new shochu is born! Well, it will be put on sale from May 10th!
It is a very “limited edition” for its first year: only 500 cc 800 bottles!
Its name “Chittorattsu” means “just a little” i Shizuoka patois.
It was ordered by a group of shochu lovers, including farmers and liquor shops.
Sugii Brewery/Distilliery in Fujieda City used “Gansho” satsuma potatoes grown around Mishima City, natural water from the area and yeast produced in Shizuoka Prefecture.
The label was drawn by a Mishima lady artist as this shochu was particularly designed for ladies.
Alcohol contents are 25.5 degrees.
At 1,500 yen for a 500 cc bottle, it is a bit pricey, but that is why you pay for quality and elegance!

Shizuoka Shochu Tasting 4-7: Fujinishiki Distillery-Fuji no Shizuoka/Junkinpakuiri

January 13, 2008


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Finally managed to escape from all the sake and open a new bottle of Shochu fro a friend7s visit during the New Year Holidays!
This particular brew produced by Fujinishiki Brewery/Distillery in Shibakawa Cho does take a bit of explanation, but it is certainly worth it!

Fujinishiki Distillery: Fuji no Shizuku/ Junkinpakuiri-Gold Flakes
Honkaku Shochu
Kome/Rice
Ingredients: kome/rice. Kouji/yeast. Komekoji/rice yeast. Real gold flakes
Alcohol: 25%
Bamboo Charcoal filtered.

Clarity: very clear
Colour: Transparent
Aroma: Fruity and flowery: Clovers, flowers. vanilla.
Taste: Very clean. Almost sweet: bitter chocolate, vanilla, coffee beans.

Overall: very easy to drink. Lots of flavours and aroma! Best drunk on its own or on the rocks.
My lady friends loved it.
Absolutely extravagant kome/rice shochu!

Updated List of Shizuoka Shochu Distillers

December 3, 2007

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Recently I was told by a friend/izakaya owner: “there are no shochu in Shizuoka Prefecture!”
Well, I found no less than 34! Actually 31 as one is sold, not brewed, by a sake Brewery. But I don’t include the many “private brands! brewed for individulas or places such as restaurants and hotels!

Below are the existing Distilleries:

Fuji Gun
Fujinishiki Brewery: Kasutori Shochu (kome/rice), Kaguyahime No Sasayaka (mugi/wheat-grain), Hyakushyouitsuki (kuromai/black rice), Fuji no Shizuku, Fuji no Shizuku Kimpaku Iri (Gold flakes) , Fujinishiki Katsutori Shochu (kome/rice), Imonii (Imo/tuber), Fujisan Susono 3776 (kome+cha/rice+tea), Chakkirishi (kome+ocha/rice+green tea), Sachiura (imo/tuber. Sold in Fukuroi City), Sumpujo Shitamachi (kome/rice, private brand), Sumpojo Shitamachi (mugi/grain, private brand)
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Fujieda City
Sugii Brewery: Saisuke (imo/tuber & kome/rice)
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Kikugawa City
Morimoto Distillery (have to check if they still hold their license)

Fukuroi City
Kokkou Distillery (have to check if they still hold their license)

Fujinomiya City
Makino Brewery: Fuji Yama Shochu (Mugi/wheat-grain)
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Fujimasa Brewery
Chiyozumi/Kasutori Shochu (kome/rice)
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Fuji Takasago Brewery
Fuji No Tsuyu (Kome/rice)
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Iwata City
Senju Distillery: Inaizumi (rice/kome), HS-40 37 degrees and 25 degrees (kome/rice)
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Hamamatsu City
Hana No Mai Brewery (formerly known as Hisae Brewery): Yaramaika, Kasutori Shochu, Acha No Tsubome, Aratama Shochu, Aratama No Sato, Shizu, Oyaji, Amagi Mine (all kome/rice), Minami Alps Tennen Mizu Shikomi Moromi Tori Honkaku Shochu (kome/rice), Minami Alps Tennen Mizu Shikomi Kasutori Honkaku Shochu (kome/rice), Shizu Tetsu (private brand)
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Tenjingura-Hamamatsu Brewery: Douman (kome/rice); Goroshichi (kome/rice); Goroshichi (kome/rice)
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Izu City
Bandai Brewery: Wasabi Sake (Wasabi/Japanese green horseradish), Oni no Nenbutsu (kome/rice)
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Numazu City
Takashima Distillery (Hakuin Masamune): En, Daippo (kome/rice)
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Watanabe Distillery/Izuumi (have to check if they still hold their license)

Shizuoka Shochu Tasting 4-6: Fujinishiki Distillery-Sachiura

November 23, 2007

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Finally got my hands on this new shochu!

Granting the wish for a local shochu by a group of Shochu lovers in Fukuroi City, Fujinishiki Brewery/Distillery distilled this brew with a variety of yam/”imo” grown south of Fukuroi City:

Sachiura, “Special thanks to brave historical people” (in English on the label).
Honakaku Imo Shochu. “Enshu Fukuroi”

Ingredients: “Koganesengan”/ Yellow Yam/Imo, Rice, Rice yeast
Contents: 720ml
Alcohol: 25 degrees

Clarity: very clear
Aroma: Light and pleasant. Hints of vanilla and bananas.
Taste: Sharp but light, even drunk straight.
A bit light for the purists or people wishing to mix it with wter or else.

Overall: should be drunk on its own or with ice.
Goes very well with any food.
Smell not overpowering.
Should be popular with ladies, young people and foreigners.