“Zuiyo” & “Benten” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Zuiyo, ZUIYO CO.,LTD. from Kumamoto prefecture, and Benten, Goto Shuzoten from Yamagata prefecture.

Zuiyo (ZUIYO CO.,LTD.)

Zuiyo is founded in 1867, in Kumamoto. Kumamoto is a city on the Japanese island of Kyushu. The brewery is in Kawashiri, the south of Kumamoto city.

Sake can be enjoyed at a various range of temperatures. Each temperature has a different name, and you can enjoy unique aspects of the same sake when you try it at different temperatures.

Houjun Junmai Zuiyo is awarded Grand Gold in Kan sake contest in 55 ℃ good value category.

55℃ is called Atsu-kan which is vapor rises from the tokkuri (larger sake jars). The tokkuri and choko (small sake cups) are hot to the touch. The sake’s aromas are sharpened and it tastes dry, with a clean finish.


Generally speaking, Atsu-kan is suited to hot pot (“nabe”) dishes and foods made with a lot of oil and fat. The fat from the food coats your tongue and palate, which desensitizes your taste buds. As a result, your second bite is less tasty than first. Your food would taste better if you washed your mouth between mouthfuls. Sipping Atsu-kan is an easy way to wash away the fat deposits.

How is sake heated?

To warm up sake, place the tokkuri containing sake in a pot of hot water. The tokkuri gradually heats up and the heat is transmitted to the sake. It is heated to a temperature before alcohol begins to evaporate, so that the aromas do not dissipate.

What’s Tokkuri?

The server of a sake set is a flask called a tokkuri (徳利). A tokkuri is generally bulbous with a narrow neck, but may have a variety of other shapes, including that of a spouted serving bowl (katakuchi).

Cat tokkuri and choko, Sake set サンアート かわいい食器 「 だんらん酒 とっくり 」 三毛ねこ 徳利・お猪口セット 白 SAN2524

ZUIYO CO.,LTD. Home page

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Houjun Junmai Zuiyo 芳醇純米酒 瑞鷹 720ml [熊本県]

 

Benten (Goto Shuzoten)

Based in Okitama, Yamagata Prefecture, Goto Shuzoten is a jizake brewery dedicated to the small-lot production of high-quality sake since 1788. The current president is the eighth-generation owner, and his successor works at the brewery among the kurabito (brewery workers) during the winter sake-making months.

Primarily using rice grown by contracted producers, among them the brewery’ s own kurabito, Goto Shuzoten brews junmai-shu and junmai ginjo-shu, among others.

Its preferred rice varieties are sake rice such as Dewasansan, Tsuyahime, Kamenoo and Yamada Nishiki, especially those produced locally in Yamagata. Small-lot production and Yamagata’ s natural blessings ensure the excellent quality and great taste of Goto Shuzoten’ s sake.

 

Benten (辯天)

Their flagship brand Benten was named after the goddess of music and performing arts, Benzaiten (Saraswati), who is one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune.

Benzaiten has traditionally been worshipped by musicians, dancers and other artists.

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) was established in 1984 and has now firmly positioned itself as one of the most respected blind wine tasting competitions in the world. The IWC sake competition was introduced in 2007 and has grown tremendously over the past 10 years with sakes entered from Japan, Canada, Norway and the USA in 2016. As such, the IWC employ a vast number of international sake experts to judge the competition each year.

Goto Shuzoten’s sake is awarded many times in IWC.

Goto Shuzoten Home page

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Benten Gokujo Junmai Daiginjo Genshu Yamadanishiki 後藤酒造 辯天 極上 大吟醸原酒 山田錦 720ml

This is awarded Sake Trophy 2017 in IWC.

TASTING NOTES

Medium+ intensity of fruity aromas such as apple, banana – fruit basket, floral, some quality rice, mandarin orange. Soft mouthfeel, sweet front palate but good savoury astringency, so refined long finish with good precision.

DATE AND TIME

2018/10/18 (Thu)~2018/10/24 (Wed) 10:00~20:00

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LOCATION

Ikebukuro Tobu Department Store B1F

1 Chome-1-25 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 171-0021

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Directly connected to “Ikebukuro station”

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For more information visit, 東武百貨店 池袋店 日本酒催事スケジュール

“Kirin” & “Yauemon” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Kirin, KAETSU SAKE BREWERY CO.,LTD. from Niigata prefecture, and Yauemon, YAMATOGAWA SHUZOTEN Ltd. from Fukushima prefecture.

Kirin (KAETSU SAKE BREWERY CO.,LTD.)

Kaetsu Sake Brewery was found in 1880 in Fukushima prefecture (transferred to Niigata prefecture at 1886). Niigata prefecture is situated opposite position of Tokyo and faced to Japan Sea. Owing to these geographical features, it is very hot in summer and cold and one of the snowiest countries in winter. Niigata prefecture is famous for most delicious table rice “Koshihikari” and very nice domestic Sake.

The brewery is located in Aga-machi where the Agano River and the Tokonami River join and is surrounded by many mountains. Then fogs often gather along those rivers. Such a climate condition gives birth to highest class Sake rice. Moreover water quality is also important in Sake brewing. The brewery has been blessed with an excellent natural spring which water is pure and soft. “Kaetsu brewery Sake is a wonderful gift from nature”.

Mt. Kirinzan stands in the northern part of Aga-machi. The story of “Kirin” of Mt. “Kirinzan” is based on a legendary unicorn. The Kirin unicorn is an imaginary animal that has been said to appear in the sky to prepare auspicious events. Kaetsu Sake Brewery has named their sake “Kirin” with their hope that it will be enjoyed in such a way that brings happiness to the drinkers. The tasting profile of “Kirin” is “Tanrei-Karakuchi “(Clean, Light and Dry in English). “Kirin” Sake is good for every food.

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Kaetsu Shuzo Homare Kirin Junmai Daiginjo 下越酒造 ほまれ麒麟 純米大吟醸 720ml 化粧箱付

 

Yauemon (YAMATOGAWA SHUZOTEN Ltd.)

Yamatogawa Shuzoten in located in Kitakata, Fukushima. Since the mid-Edo period in 1790, it has brewed sake for nine generations. Using clear Iide Mountain-sourced water, the generations of brewers have put serious effort and passion into brewing sake such as the Yauemon sake.

Fukushima Prefecture is home to the largest number of award-winning sake brands for the sixth year in a row, marking a record in an annual competition. Of course Yamatogawa Shuzoten is also a multi award-winning brewery.

Naturally filtered water from 2105m Iide Mountain – part of a mountain range that is spread out over the three prefectures of Fukushima, Yamagata, and Niigata – is used to make all the sake at Yamatogawa Shuzoten. This pure water produce Kitakata ramen. It is one of the major remen in Japan with Sapporo ramen, Hakata ramen.

There are more than 100 ramen shops in Kitakata. The noodles are particularly unusual. Ramen noodles tend to be thin and straight, but those in Kitakata are fat and wavy, due to the fact that they used to be delivered – fatter noodles didn’t spoil as easily during transportation. They are also slippery and slightly softer. This is because they are takasuimen, which means that a higher percentage of water is added to the flour. It is fun to slurp and chew.

YAMATOGAWA SHUZOTEN Ltd. Home page

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Yauemon Junmai Daiginjo 純米大吟醸 弥右衛門720ml

DATE AND TIME

2018/10/11 (Thu)~2018/10/17 (Wed) 10:00~20:00

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LOCATION

Ikebukuro Tobu Department Store B1F

1 Chome-1-25 Nishiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 171-0021

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Access

Directly connected to “Ikebukuro station”

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For more information visit, 東武百貨店 池袋店 日本酒催事スケジュール

“Kankiku” & “Suisen” In-store tasting event @ Ikebukuro

You can taste Kankiku, KANKIKU MEIJYO. from Chiba prefecture, and Suisen, Suisen Shuzo from Iwate prefecture.

Kankiku (KANKIKU MEIJYO.)

Kankiku brewery is in Sanmu city, blessed with rich nature and temperate climate in Chiba prefecture. The city is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east. From Tokyo station it takes about one hour by limited express JR Shiosai. It is good distance for you to escape the noise of the city.

In this town, there is beautiful sea. People often come here to surf. In the summer time there are a lot of people want go to sea. There is a bus service that runs time to time from the JR Naruto station to the beach during the months of July and August. These buses run free of charge as long as you are only going to the beach (the first stop).

In this are there are lots of sweet and delicious strawberry farms. In early spring, many people visit to pick strawberries at the farms. Reservation are not required but recommended. You can eat as many strawberries as you want while picking and you pay by the time limit, usually two hours and about 1000yen.

Kankiku brewery is founded in 1884. In the site of the brewery, there is a over 200 year-old persimmon tree. They brew sake with spring water from the root of the tree. It contains high minerals and hard water. It makes powerful fermentation and sake becomes tasteful flavor.

Because summer is off season of sake, the Kankiku owner tried brewing beer for summer. Even Dassai tried brewing beer and failed in beer business, but Kankiku made it with big effort. Now Kankiku’s beer business is stable and also highly reputed.

KANKIKU MEIJYO. Home page



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Kankiku Kujukuri ocean beer 330ml 24 bottles set Koshihikari race Ale寒菊銘醸 九十九里オーシャンビール こしひかりライスエール 330ml ×24本

 

Suisen (Suisen Shuzo)

It was a fateful moment. At 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake hit eastern Japan, impacting the 24,000-plus residents of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture.

Minutes later, tsunami more than 10 meters high — at one location 17.6 meters — hit the coastal town, devastating the city’s entire low-lying downtown area.

Suisen Shuzo, a historic sake brewery was preparing to ship its 2010 stock. Without warning, the Great East Japan Earthquake began rumbling off the scenic Iwate coastline. Shortly thereafter, brewery owner sent his employees home for the day to check on and be with their families. Twenty minutes later, a tsunami tore through the city of Rikuzentakata, obliterating the award-winning brewery (nestled two kilometers from the coastline) and tragically taking the lives of seven Suisen employees. The entire town’s foundations were scattered across several kilometers of Japanese countryside.

The process of rebuilding Suisen was not easy. In order for them to quickly get back on their feet, a rival brewery, Iwate Meijo, extended their hand and offered Suisen use of their facility to brew their sake. Meanwhile, construction began on a new brewery, about fifteen kilometers up the coast from Rikuzentakata in the town of Ofunato. In August of 2012, less than eighteen months after the disaster, the new Suisen Shuzo opened.

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Suisen Daiginjo 酔仙 大吟醸 720ml [岩手県/中辛口]

 

DATE AND TIME

2018/10/10 (Wed)~2018/10/16 (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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Directly connect
Ikebukuro Station South Exit, Exit 38, Exit 36

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For more information visit, 今週の酒と肴