“Yamatan-masamune” & “Sawanoi” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Yamatan-masamune, Yagi Shuzobu from Ehime prefecture, and Sawanoi, OZAWA SHUZO CO.,LTD. from Tokyo prefecture.

Yamatan-masamune (Yagi Shuzobu)

The Yagi Shuzobu founded in 1831. It is located in Imabari city, Ehime. Imabari city is the second largest city in Ehime. In the center of the city lies Imabari Castle. It was built by Todo Takatora in 1604. The castle is unusual in that seawater is used in its moat. The coast around Imabari is very attractive, and the beaches along the Seto Inland Sea are good for swimming. They’re characterized by orangey-yellow sand, backed with picturesque pines that give off a pleasant scent in the heat of summer. Imabari city is the starting point of “Shimanami Kaido”. It is an extremely popular destination for cyclists from around the world. The series of bridges makes an approx. 70 kilometer-ride, links Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture. The cycling on the bridges over Seto Inland Sea under the blue sky will make your journey memorable.

In the Yagi Shuzobu, they challenge to brew the fermentation process takes place in a Kame (large crock). Nowadays stainless steel tank is mainstream but Kame has got microscopic holes that allow them to breathe, which makes them great for fermentation.

The thick ceramic wall creates a more stable fermentation temperature, resulting in sake with a greater depth of flavor. On the other hand it is difficult to adjust temperature in the fermentation process and need to be handled very carefully.

Yagi Shuzobu is aiming to brew more delicious sake to revive traditional method.

Yagi Shuzobu Home page

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Yamatan-masamune Shizuku hime Junmai ginjo 山丹正宗 しずく媛 純米吟醸 720ml

Fruity fragrance and a gentle, mild flavor.

 

Sawanoi (OZAWA SHUZO CO.,LTD.)

Ozawa Shuzo is located in Ome City, in the western part of Tokyo (3 minute walk from Sawai station on the JR Ome line). There are spectacular views of mountains and the Mitake valley in Okutama as well as sake breweries, restaurants, shops, art museums, allowing visitors to enjoy a full day here.

There are guided tours of the factory followed by a free tasting of the final product at 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm each day. It’s free to take the tour, but participation is by reservation only, so you’ll need to call (or get a Japanese friend to call for you) to assure your place. At the start of the tour, you’ll be given an English pamphlet explaining the process of making sake. The tour itself though, is conducted entirely in Japanese. Even if you can’t follow everything, the tour should still be interesting. The oldest of the buildings dates back to at least 1702. You can also view the original spring from which Sawanoi’s product is produced. There are also the special tours (held a few times a month) which are whole conducted in English.

OZAWA SHUZO CO.,LTD. Home page

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Sawanoi Tasting set 720ml×3bottles 澤乃井 飲みくらべセット KS-370 (720ml×3本) [東京都]

 

DATE AND TIME

2018/10/03 (Wed)~2018/10/09 (Tue) 10:00~20:00

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LOCATION

Seibu Ikebukuro B1F

〒171-0022 Tokyo, Toshima, Minamiikebukuro, 1 Chome−28−1

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Access

Directly connect
Ikebukuro Station South Exit, Exit 38, Exit 36

Web site

For more information visit, 今週の酒と肴

“Gokyo” & “Aizuchujo” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Gokyo, Sakai Shuzo from Yamaguchi prefecture, and Aizuchujo, Tsurunoe Shuzo Co.,Ltd. from Fukushima prefecture.

Gokyo (Sakai Shuzo)

Sakai Shuzo is located in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture.

Here you will find a beautiful, curiously constructed bridge that is one of Japan’s Three Famous Bridges, which Kintaikyo is essentially made from five small bridges connected together in order to make a single massive bridge. The name of Gokyo (Five bridges) comes from Kintaikyo.

Water for brewing is drawn from Yamaguchi prefecture’s largest stream: A Nishiki River underground soft water stream leading to a well inside the brewery. This super soft water makes a feature of Gokyo tender and highly fragrance.

Sakai Shuzo Home page

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Gokyo Junmai Ginjo Saito no Shizuku 五橋 純米吟醸 西都の雫 720ml [山口県]

Elegant Ginjo aroma drifts gently.

 

Aizuchujo (Tsurunoe Shuzo Co.,Ltd.)

Founded 1794. Tsurunoe Shuzo is located on the Nanukamachi-dori street in Fukushima. Nanukamachi-dori Street is a nickname given to a street in Aizu-Wakamatsu City. The street is about 700m from Nanukamachi station. During Edo Period (1603-1868), Aizu-Gokaido road and Yonezawa road passed through the city, which abounded with shops and inns; this prosperity lasted until 1950s.

These days, you can see shops and buildings that built in kurazukuri style and western-style selling lacquerware and local cuisine. Taisho Roman (a trend of thought or cultural events that conveys the atmosphere of the Taisho period.) atmosphere is felt throughout the city.

The brewery is also traditional historical building. Yuri (Lily in Japanese) is characteristic of delicate flavor which is brewed by female Toji. In the brewery, you can taste sake. There are limited sake only you can buy in the brewery.

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Junmai Daiginjo Yori 純米大吟醸「ゆり」720ml 白箱入り特約店浜田屋

DATE AND TIME

2018/09/26 (Wed)~2018/10/02 (Tue) 10:00~20:00

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LOCATION

Seibu Ikebukuro B1F

〒171-0022 Tokyo, Toshima, Minamiikebukuro, 1 Chome−28−1

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Access

Directly connect
Ikebukuro Station South Exit, Exit 38, Exit 36

Web site

For more information visit, 今週の酒と肴

Kit Kat Sakuramasamune Daiginjo Flavour

There have been more than 300 limited-edition seasonal and regional flavors of Kit Kat produced in Japan since 2000. Kit Kat collaborated with Sakurmasamune to make Daiginjo Flavour Kit Kat.

Founded in 1625, Sakurmasamune is a well-known sake brewery with a history of nearly 400 years. The brewery uses the sake rice produced in Hyogo Prefecture “Yamada Nishiki” and locally available groundwater to make ginjoshu and junmaishu of the highest quality. This water called “miyamizu” and being vital to sake production in Hyogo was discovered by the 6th head of the family Tazaemon Yamamura. Sakuramasamune has thus made significant contributions as a pioneer to sake brewing in the areas of Nada.

Sakuramasamune Ouka Ichirin Daiginjo 櫻正宗 櫻華一輪 大吟醸 瓶 720ml [兵庫県/中辛口]

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Sakuramasamune Kit Kat is blended Ginjo powder in the cream between wafers luxuriously and covered with white chocolate. You can taste rich flavour with elegant ginjo aroma in gentle sweet. The Ginjo powder is made as same as sake brewing. Rice is high quality Yamada nishiki and highly polished with careful.

This special Kit Kat is only found at Kansai area (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Hyogo) souvenir shop.



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