Kokushi Musou

Tasting summary for July 23, 2017

Brewery: Takasago Shuzo www.takasagoshuzo.com
Address : 17 Miyashita-dori, Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido, 070-0030, Japan
Category: Daiginjo
Alcohol : 15% – 16%
Rice Variety: Yamada Nishiki
Polishing Ratio : 40%
SMV : +4.0
Acidity : 1.1
Features : This sake is dry and light-bodied with mellow aroma and rice-forward flavour.   Its aftertaste is crisp and refreshing.   The brewery makes use of Hokkaido’s cold winter conditions to produce sake in the ice dome. Daiginjo sake of this brand undergoes the filtration process that the traditional Drip Separation method is applied. Since the traditional method allows the most precise separation of filtration fractions, high quality sake with fine textures can be produced. Kokushi Musou Daiginjo sake makes good companion for sashimi and sushi.   It can pair with cooked fish too, as the sake reduces the intensity of saltiness and brings out the umami flavour of the food. This sake can be served chilled and warm. If you want to drink it warm, 50C is the best temperature; and it will be a good companion to grilled fish.
Price@LCBO: Not available at the LCBO stores

Tasting Notes : A Men’s Sake

 

 

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A Men’s Sake

They like Kokushi Musou Daiginjo. It’s a sake for men! Best to pair with Sushi & Sashimi 🍣🍶 We are glad to taste a sake not available at the LCBO.

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国士無双

品酒總結 ☆2017年7月23日☆

酒藏 : 高砂酒造株式会社 www.takasagoshuzo.com
地址 : 日本北海道旭川市宮下通17丁目 070-0030
類別 : 大吟釀
酒精濃度 : 15% – 16% (720ml & 1800ml)
酒米 : 山田錦
精米步合 : 40%
日本酒度 : +4.0
酸度 : 1.1
特點 : 淡麗辛口,米味較濃,入口順滑,餘韻不算長,但回味清新舒爽,被稱為「男人的清酒」。清飲的話,辛口度較高;若佐以食物,則跟刺身和壽司十分相配,不會搶走海鮮的鮮味。建議跟鹹味的食物一起吃,因為能減少酒的辛口度,還能引出一點果味,變得甘辛口平衡很好,又能中和了食物的一些鹹味。此酒適宜冷飲之外,也可暖飲;冷飲的話比較芳香,如果暖飲則淡麗辛口感覺會加深延長,冬天暖飲配燒海鮮一流。
售價@LCBO : LCBO沒有發售

品酒手札 : 男人的清酒

 

 

 

男人的清酒

「国士無双」大吟釀被譽為「男人的清酒」,它產於冰天雪地的北海道,很有北國漢子的氣魄。

遇上壽司,鐵漢也有柔情的一面…..

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泥酔博物館

前兩天寫「醉貓恩物」一文時,看到美女抱著「一升瓶抱枕」醉臥街頭的照片,便令我想起位於日本新潟縣越後湯沢JR站的「日本酒博物館」,放在「唎き酒越乃室」(試酒館) 門前的醉酒男人模型公仔了。這樣的穿著西裝醉倒街頭的男人在東京等大城市晚上常見,白領需要下班後跟同事或客戶飲酒聯誼是日本的「公司文化」,沒酒量的人也避不了,所以這醉男模型公仔還真應景又寫實。

我差不多每年都會跟朋友一起到日本滑雪,因為那裡的雪很適合玩滑雪板,加上有溫泉和美食佳釀的吸引,又可以探望當地的朋友,練習一下我的日語,所以常去。今年二月我便去了越後湯沢的滑雪場,因此在JR站特別光顧了這間好玩的「日本酒博物館」,試飲清酒。

如果要比較多倫多或任何北美洲城市,越後湯沢的試酒價格真便宜。最低消費就是用500日圓換五枚代幣,取酒杯;然後把代幣投入自動販賣機,機器便會倒出一杯滿的日本酒給你品嘗。很多酒都是一枚代幣一杯,有些品質較上乘的獲獎名酒,價錢稍貴,要兩三枚代幣一杯了。

這裡還準備了幾十款不同口味的鹽,任君選擇。蘸點鹽入口再飲酒,這樣可減除口裡其他味道,還能用鹽的鹹味引出酒的甘甜與香氣。如果嫌淨飲酒太「齋」,可以用代幣買一條小黃瓜,蘸味噌來吃佐酒。我試過了,十分不錯。

提供試飲的日本酒超過110款,是來自大約95個酒造的地酒。看見這麼多酒,一時之間也不知道從何開始選擇,而且那天我跟朋友們還要轉車到滑雪場的酒店,不能誤點,沒時間細看;因此掛在牆上的人氣流行榜,和各樣的清酒資料便很管用了。可以選出合自己口味的酒,甘口或辛口,悉隨尊便。每款酒都有編號,根據編號很容易在自動販賣的試酒機找到心頭好。我也跟著排名榜來試飲,資料也相當準確,沒有令我失望。

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越後湯澤所在的新潟縣是著名的清酒產地,廣為人認識的清酒品牌「上善如水」便是在這裡釀製的。新潟縣是日本的稻米之鄉,早前我在介紹「南部美人」本釀造一文中提及的「一見鍾情」酒米,是混合了「越光」和「初星」兩品種的稻米改良而成,其中「越光米」便是新潟縣出產的名米,在日本幾乎無人不知。

新潟縣南端的湯沢、魚沼地區有優良水質,晝夜溫差平均超過攝氏十度,令稻米的澱粉質得以保存。而到了8月出穗時,溫度維持在攝氏24度左右,有助稻米生長;加上當地土壤為含氮量較少的沖積土,供應給稻米生長初期的養份較少,所以防止了稻米因養份吸收過多而過粗垂倒。新潟縣出產的米,以甜、黏、醇香為特性,配以當地特長雪季而有的純淨雪水,因此有不少百年酒藏。下次我再到越後湯沢的話,要找機會到釀製「上善如水」創於1855年的「白瀧酒造」參觀。

 

 

 

Jizake Tenzan

Tasting summary for July 15, 2017

Brewery: Tenzan Sake Brewer Company www.tenzan.co.jp
Address : 1520 Iwakura Ogi-machi Ogi-shi Saga, Japan
Category: Tokubetsu Junmai Genshu
Alcohol : 18.5% for 300ml & 18.9% for 720ml
Rice Variety: Local Sangano Hana, Reihou
Polishing Ratio : 60%
SMV : +2.0
Acidity : 2.0
Features : Mellow aroma, settled fruity taste, rice-forward flavour, smooth finish. It is powerful, flavourful, rich, earthy and full bodied. It tastes more like a liquor. Best served chilled.   This dry sake pairs well with food having intense flavours such as steak, salted salmon, fried chicken, sukiyaki, tempura tendon.
Price@LCBO: CAN$17.85 for 300ml

CAN$37.45 for 720ml

Tasting Notes : My Cottage Weekend

 

 

Drunkard’s Companions

After a few drinks, you feel dizzy and want to lie down. Ok. Lying down with a big bottle shaped armpillow will make your sleep more comfortable. The “1 litre bottle armpillow” is modeled after the actual 1.8 litre “ishobin” sake bottles, which are typically reserved by parties or celebratory gatherings in Japan. The Kanji on label of the armpillow reads “泥酔”, which means “dead drunk” in English. It seems to be a fun gift for someone who loves alcohol. This item was once available at Village Vanguard’s online store for 2,700yen, but all are sold out now. Nevertheless, you can place your order at Village Vanguard, and will be notified when the item is restocked.

Food and wine are great companions. When you are cuddling a bottle shaped armpillow in your left arm, how about your right arm? It can’t be left empty. A “sushi” pillow should be in place to guarantee a better sleep. Various designs of cute sushi pillows are available at amazon.

Don’t forget to pamper your neck when you are hugging two pillows in your arms. Wrap your neck with a shrimp shaped neck pillow to get good support for your head. The comfort coming from three pillows around you will wrap you in a beautiful dream of delicious Japanese food and beverage. The giant shrimp shaped neck pillow is also available at amazon shrimp neck pillow.

 

 

醉貓恩物

酒精下肚,醉意來了,最好是倒頭大睡。「貓了」的時候有一個抱枕在懷會睡得更香;如果這個抱枕還是一瓶大清酒,相信劉伶會感到非常有親切感。

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一個仿照日本1.8公升party size的「ishobin」大型清酒瓶來設計的抱枕,瓶身還寫著漢字「泥酔」,意思就是酩酊大醉了,一看便知是醉貓恩物。這個名為「一升瓶抱枕」在專門售賣古靈精怪物品的Village Vanguard發售,連稅2700日圓,很受歡迎,迅速賣罄。加售一批新的又賣完了,現在接受網上訂貨。

常說酒跟食物是最佳搭檔,配搭得好能收相得益彰之效。如果左手擁著清酒瓶抱枕,右手又摟一個壽司枕頭而眠,會不會滿足得發個好夢?各款壽司枕頭,在Amazon可以買到。

左擁右抱清酒、壽司兩枕的同時,別忘記把一個巨蝦頸枕圍在脖子,醉貓這樣睡覺才是極致的享受。巨蝦頸枕也可以在Amazon Shrimp Neck Pillow網購。

 

 

 

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