Jim and Jizake

This blog catalogs the author’s adventures with Yamaguchi sake, local events, and related fun. Updates roughly once a week.

Tasting – Ride? Black 2021

Gokyo brewer Sakai Shuzo’s Ride? Black was my favorite sake of 2020. This super-limited release is part of the brewery’s annual Nomi no Ichi event, which in past years focused on bringing together its contract shops to taste special, rare brews to bid on which shop would carry them. The last two Nomi no Ichi… Continue Reading →

A Kind of Achievement

My blog has been quiet for several months. Various things have come and gone, but much of it is due to a general lack of focus and attention span that could as easily be attributed to age as to the pandemic. But I have not been entirely lax in my work. For, in the shadowy… Continue Reading →

Tasting – Wakamusume Usuhanazakura

Local nano-brewery Shintani Shuzo has become enormously popular after winning platinum in the 2020 KuraMaster awards in France, and now is basically only available by reservation. I luckily got my name on a list for this latest namagenshu pressing. I’m a big fan of Wakamusume, and none of their sake has been anything less than… Continue Reading →

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