Monday, September 21, 2009

Hiya-Oroshi PART 2!

"Back again with that smooth mellow taste that's always good to the last drop.
Yes folks, we're talking about Hiya-Oroshi, the smooth fall brew."
Thats what you would be hearing on the radio, 40 years ago any way....

But seriously I'm back again this week to introduce another great fall brew to keep you going until new years when the Shibori-tatte (fresh pressed) sakes come in.
Time is flying by; only about a month to a month and a half left until the start of the brewing season!
It's like waiting for the super bowl, except everyone still has their shirts on.

Now, without further ado I present to you, a first for this blog and one of my new favorites:

Ishidzuchi / 石鎚
Tokubetsu Junmai Hiya-Oroshi / 特別純米 冷や卸し
Alcohol: 16~17% / Polish: 55~60%
SMV: +6
Ishidzuchi Shuzo / Ehime Prefecture

Tasting notes:
On the nose: Very light, lots of rice, with a little bit of an almost fruity sweetness. Very mild and pleasant.

On the palate: very smooth and round. Medium to full bodied, lots of rice with an underlying fruity sweetness to balance out it's dryness. Very well balanced with a good finish.

Other notes:

  • This sake comes in two sizes, 720ml and 1.8L.
  • This is a Hiya-Oroshi sake, Ishidzuchi also puts out a whole line of great sakes including other seasonal brews. We also have five other types in the store (Only in 1.8L size).
  • This brew is a good match to a wide varieties of food, it's fuller body gives it a good edge for heavier flavored foods including a wide variety of meat dishes. meat dishes.
  • I enjoyed this one with a really good hand made tofu and edamame.
Well that's it for this round, I'll keep posting them as I drink 'em.

Meishu no Yutaka staff


  1. It's just the right season to enjoy Hiyaoroshi! You have such nice selection at your shop. Do you take orders from other parts of Japan? I see you do not take online orders....

  2. It is the right season to enjoy a nice glass of fall brew!
    We are all Hiya-Oroshi fans here at the shop, so it is very much our pleasure to carry a good selection!

    We ship to all of Japan.
    At the moment we are working on an online ordering system for members of the store point club (and by that I mean I am in the process of making an entirely new site for the store), but it wont be available until next year.

    In the meantime we do accept orders by phone and by fax from anywhere in Japan, with Japan postal money order payments.
    We ship using JP express (formerly Pelican Express) and orders usually arrive within 1 to 3 days of ordering (orders from inside Hokkaido are next day delivery, southern Japan can take up to 3 days to arrive). Orders received before 3 pm are shipped same day. The store is closed on sunday so any orders received by fax on Sunday, as well as any orders received after 3 pm on Saturday will be shipped on the following Monday.

    If you have any questions please feel free to call the shop (all staff members have been instructed to forward all calls in English to me. If you speak Japanese, ask for カリン or feel free to talk to any of our knowledgeable staff.

    TEL: 011-716-5174
    FAX: 011-716-5175

    Thank you for your interest, and I look forward to talking Sake with you!