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ホーム名古屋国税局お酒に関する情報Tokai Sake Awards 2015

Tokai Sake Awards 2015

November 6, 2015
Nagoya Regional Taxation Bureau

In Tokai Sake Awards  2015, exhibited were a total of 222 items of Japanese sake including 109 items of ginjo-shu (sake made from highly polished rice using special technique) from 64 breweries, 60 items of jummai-shu (sake made only from rice and rice koji (without addition of brewers alcohol)) from 60 breweries, and 53 items of honjozo-shu (sake made from quality rice with addition of limited volume of brewers alcohol) from 53 breweries.

In the competition, according to today’s brewing environment, where the kinds of yeast used for ginjo-shu are increasingly diversified, we added a category to the ginjo-shu class for items using a traditional yeast,* and separated ginjo-shu items using brewers alcohol from those not using it.We evaluated jummai-shu and honjozo-shu in a heated state, which is a style of drinking unique to sake.

After meticulous and strict evaluation, we selected outstanding 34 ginjo-shu from 26 breweries, 22 jummai-shu from 22 breweries, and 21 honjozo-shu from 21 breweries and awarded them honor prizes.

1. Purpose of the Competition

To contribute to the development of the Japanese sake industry and to consumers’ benefit by promoting the advancement of brewing technology and improving the quality of sake in the district under our jurisdiction through quality evaluation for this competition

2. Class

The competition was conducted for three classes: ginjo-shu, jummai-shu, and honjozo-shu.

3. Eligibility and evaluation methods

(1) Ginjo-shu Class

Eligible items for this class were undiluted sake of ginjo-shu and jummai-ginjo-shu (ginjo-shu without addition of brewers alcohol) that brewers brewed in their own breweries between July 1st 2013 and June 30th 2014. All items were classified according to the yeast used, divided into groups based on whether or not an alcohol additive was contained, and the aroma level. We evaluated ginjo-shu items at 18degrees.

(2) Jummai-shu Class

Eligible items for this class were jummai-shu that brewers brewed in their own breweries with the same alcohol content as sake on the market. They were separated by the rice-polishing rate (60% or less and more than 60%). We evaluated the items at 45degrees.

(3) Honjozo-shu Class

Eligible items for this class were honjozo-shu that brewers brewed in their own breweries with the same alcohol content as sake on the market. They were separated by the rice-polishing rate, like items in the jummai-shu class. We evaluated the items at 45degrees.

4. Quality Evaluation

(1) Evaluation schedule

  • Fri, October 2, 2015: Evaluation of the ginjo-shu class (Preliminary examination)
  • Tue, October 6, 2015: Evaluation of the jummai-shu and honjozo-shu classes
  • Wed, October 7, 2015: Evaluation of the ginjo-shu class (Final examination)

(2) Panel

Evaluations in this competition were performed by:

(i) Officers from brewing technology institutions in Gifu, Shizuoka, Aichi and Mie prefectures;

(ii) People with knowledge and experience;

(iii) Those who were recommended from associations of sake producers, wholesalers and retailers; and

(iv) Officers of the Office of Analysis and Brewing Technology, Nagoya Taxation Bureau.

A total of 48 panelists were engaged in the evaluation.

5. Participants and Award Winners by Prefecture

Please refer to the Participants and Award Winners by Prefecture.

6. Winners of the Honor Prize

Please refer to the Tokai Sake Awards 2015 Honor Prize Winners List.

* Traditional yeast:

Today, yeast that can produce a high level of aroma has been used for most items exhibited in the competition. “Traditional yeast” means excellent yeast that had been used for brewing ginjo-shu since before such new kinds of yeast were developed.

While today most items of ginjo-shu have a gorgeous apple-like aroma and clear taste, ginjo-shu items using traditional yeast have a gentle banana-like aroma and mild taste with the least aftertaste. Because of these very different characteristics, we separated the ginjo-shu class into two groups in this competition.