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Tokyo Sake Meetup meets Glorious Mt. Fuji

I love sake, but not in 40 degree heat with that burning sun piercing holes through my skin. Last Wednesday, I did my share of BBQ and sake in the middle of the day, but I felt I was the one sizzling on the grill and the sake became warm nuru-kan immediately after pouring it.

So, on Saturday, what seemed to be the never-ending heat wave that hit Japan this summer finally gave us a little break here in Tokyo, and I was relieved that our sake meetup group did not have to be challenged by the weather again. Blessed by the cool air, 11 faces, some new and some familiar, were at Ginjo Kura 66 to enjoy the evening.

All of us were trying out new brews. Some started to go down the list of specials of the week from the same brewer. Some just randomly picked a couple of bottles by the look fo the labels in search of new favorites. One interesting tasting technique Bol tried was to pick two sake with exactly same data but look at how lingering tastes were different. Throughout the evening, everyone compared notes and agreed or disagreed with one another. One thing we all agreed, though, was that everyone liked Eikou Fuji (Glorious Mt. Muji) Daiginjo.

The highlight of the evening was chatting with Kato-san and Yoneyama-san from Fuji Sake Brewing, the maker of Glorious Mt. Fuji in Yamagata. I think having the opportunity to chat with two gentlemen from the kura really gave the group interesting perspectives with an possibility to organize a trip to visit them in Yamagata. When asked how everyone liked their sake, we all said the Daiginjo was so good. Then, when Jocelyn mentioned paring Junmai Ginjo with buri daikon, Kato-san was totally taken back.

Glorious Mt. Fuji will be at Joy of Sake in NY on September 27. So, if you are going to be there, please stop by and see why we liked them.

Since I am getting good feedback with this flexible form of the meetup at Ginjo Kura 66, we will organize another one there soon before the bar closes in October. Please come join us next time.

From 8/18 sake meetup@ginjo kura 66

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3 Responses to “Tokyo Sake Meetup meets Glorious Mt. Fuji”

  1. Oh, I’m bummed that I missed it! Looks like you’ve got a good group together. Next time, I SWEAR I’ll be there.

    You know what’s funny? My local shop, Konishi, carries Eiko Fuji in addition to Odayaka. Isn’t that random? They don’t have a huge selection, but what they have is so good.

    Hope we can get together soon, Ets!

    Posted by melinda | August 22, 2007, 2:46 pm
  2. Let’s talk about dates for the next one along with so many events in October! (Already!!) I definitely have to go to Konishi next time when I am over that way.

    Posted by Et-chan | August 23, 2007, 9:31 pm
  3. Okay, definitely! I’ll be back on 10/4, so anytime after that.

    Have a terrific trip! See you in October!

    Posted by melinda | September 2, 2007, 8:50 am

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