What would it taste like if good breweries collaborated?

Today, too, I drink alone in the dust. I’m having a party with my friends.

  1. Yamawaboshi Junmai Daiginjo
  2. Spec
  3. Taste Evaluation
  4. Japanese Home Cooking

Yamawaboshi Junmai Daiginjo

Yamawaboshi Junmai Daiginjo
Yamawaboshi Junmai Daiginjo

It’s just momentum. Usually the price is right around $10. I had a little chat with the waitress at Hikariya in Kamata, Tokyo, and decided on Hakurakusei, but when I brought it to the bill, I was surprised to find that it cost $25 and cancelled my order.

I was surprised and canceled the order. It seemed that the price tag was wrong. I was surprised and canceled the order. Then, the shopkeeper, who was a good talker, told me, “This is a collaboration of the brewery and it is very delicious. I was tempted by the $20 price tag, but I was numb to it, probably because I had once seen it for $25, and also because it was advertised as a limited edition, which is my weakness. I bought it with the phrase “only available now”.

It comes in a shimmering purple box.


Yamawaboshi Yamawaboshi Junmai Daiginjo 2022 Orikagarumi Nama-shu, a limited edition sake created through a collaboration between the Yamawa Shuzo Brewery and the Hakurakusei Shinzawa Brewery, 720ml, boxed

Damn! Expensive sake.

Hakurakusei is well-known in Japan, and I have occasionally seen it in stores and wondered whether I should buy it.
I had never heard of Yamawa, but the clerk told me that it is a popular sake in Miyagi, so I had high expectations for it.

The Yamawa Sake Brewery was founded in 1896 by Wahei Ito, who ran an apothecary shop in the area, and has been in business for seven generations.

Yamawa Sake Brewery Co.

So I decided to have a drink with my chef friend.The store was closed because Japan is still in a period of self-restraint against coronavirus.

It is a glossy box. I seldom buy sake with a box.It’s a shame to open it.

Yamawaboshi Junmai Daiginjo
Yamawaboshi Junmai Daiginjo
Yamawaboshi Junmai Daiginjo
Yamawaboshi Junmai Daiginjo
Yamawaboshi Junmai Daiginjo
Yamawaboshi Junmai Daiginjo

It’s a fresh sake. If you don’t finish it as soon as you open it, the taste will change. It tastes different if you don’t finish it soon after opening it. (This is after I finished the last sake.) I always take a picture of the cap. After opening the bottle, I thought it might have the smell of ginjo, but it didn’t smell much.

Yamawaboshi Junmai Daiginjo
Yamawaboshi Junmai Daiginjo

Gulp it down!

Comment :A
Fruity and crisp, good with meals, collaboration of Yamawa and Hakurakusei

Comment :B
A collaboration of Hakurakusei and Yamawa.
It has been a long time since I have had a sake from Miyagi. Perhaps it is because I drank too much melon type sake, but unlike last year’s Yamawasei, this one is quite dry.
The melon aroma is quite close to the peel, and after a barrel-like aroma, the bitterness rises, and the spiciness with sweetness finishes off. The spiciness comes out quite early.

Taste Evaluation

Yamawaboshi Junmai Daiginjo Chart
Yamawaboshi Junmai Daiginjo Chart

Easy to drink. Overall, a well-balanced, modern-style ginjo sensation. Fruity at the beginning, not too sweet, with a sharp spiciness lingering at the end. The taste has a restrained acidity that can be enjoyed by both beginners and seasoned drinkers. It is indeed a good recommendation from the waiter, and although it is in the same vein as many other sake, it is not too sweet and has a moderate sweetness that one can drink without getting tired of it. It seems to be a good match for bitter fish entrails and other dishes.
It is a good sake to drink with Japanese food such as sashimi, which can be consumed in a short time. Because of its aroma, it is not suitable for heating, so it is best served cold.

Japanese Homemade Cooking

Today’s Menu

  • grilled hokke
  • ponzu sauce with milt
  • pickled squid
  • Horse mackerel carpaccio
  • Stewed Pacific saury (with entrails)

They’re all brown.

Here is the menu of the day. We drank it all day long. I drank a lot of sake.

Horse mackerel carpaccio
Horse mackerel carpaccio

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