Category Archives: Sake | 日本酒

SAKE | 磯自慢 (Isojiman)

THE sake tasting probably of my life time if not the century, the event itself did turn out to be as casual and atmospheric as expected, very much in line with the establishment itself where it took place. With both … Continue reading

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SAKE | 羽根屋 + 幻の瀧 in 富山 (Toyama)

A blitz visit to this recently much talked about region after the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen. With the help of the super friendly yet knowledgable Iwase-san of Mikunihare Shuzo, we kicked off by paying a visit to Fumigiku Shuzo … Continue reading

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KAPPOU | ごでんや (Godenya)

Certainly another key endorsement of our beloved city being the platform for Japanese food and sake to go international, Goshima-san went all the way to move his Sumida shop from Tokyo into town a few months ago, bringing along tens … Continue reading

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SAKE | 東一 (Azumaichi) and 鍋島 (Nabeshima)

Sake buddy JM’s special arrangements brought us a blitz visit to Saga’s top two breweries and what a contrast. At Azumaichi we were walked through in details every single step of their process at this very traditional maker, echoing a … Continue reading

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SAKE | 磯自慢 (Isojiman)

A self-organised tasting night of this premium maker’s specials thanks to the efforts of sake enthusiast friend JM. Much comparisons have been drawn with, not surprisingly, Burgundy wine, as this particular producer prides itself with the quality of rice being … Continue reading

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SAKE | 勝山 (Katsuyama)

Yet another premium sake domaine owner in town and certainly was an eye opening encounter. Keio-trained Jihei ISAWA (伊澤治平), 12th generation of this 400+ years old domaine, started his career as a banker right at the burst of the bubble … Continue reading

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SAKE | 鍋島 (Nabeshima)

First ever visit to town by this super talented owner/sake maker Naoki Iimori (飯盛直喜), who established the brand back in 1998 and brought it to the top of Japan in merely 4 years. Long renowned for its special fragrance, after … Continue reading

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