Are You A Mountain Man? (or Woman)


For many people in Hawaii, Otokoyama was their first taste of premium sake.  Otokoyama Tokubetsu Junmai is a staple at most Japanese restaurants and is known for it’s clean dry flavor.  Literally translated as “Man’s Mountain”,  Otokoyama hails from the snowy Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido located at the Northern most part of Japan.

Many of us have tried Otokoyama’s Tokubetsu Junmai, and a few of us have even been lucky enough to sample their super premium Junmai Daiginjo.  But did you know that Otokoyama actually makes a bunch of other sake that you’ve probably never even heard of  … UNTIL NOW!

Please join us this Saturday (04/09) as we sampleSEVEN different sake from Otokoyama brewery.  We also have the pleasure of hosting the President of Otokoyama Brewery and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Yamazaki.  They will both be on hand to pour their sake and answer any questions you may have.

Here’s the lineup for this Saturday.


Otokoyama Tokubetsu Junmai
A local favorite that many of us “cut our teeth” on in Hawaii.  Light and smooth yet rich with quiet grain like aromas and a hint of a fruity nose.  Refreshing lightness with a vivid acidity that finishes dry.


Otokoyama Momenya
Light, smooth and rich type.  Fruity aroma of green apple and lime.  Complex savory flavor with dry crisp acidity.  I read somewhere but need to confirm that Momenya was the original name of Otokoyama brewery when it was founded.


Otokoyama Fukkoshu

Otokoyama Fukkoshu
For those of you who like your sake sweet, this may be the one for you.  Rich with a high viscosity and honey like flavor, this sake has the aroma of ripened pear with nuts and has a ridiculously sweet SMV of -50!


Otokoyama Utamaro
Named after the famous Ukiyoe artist, Kitagawa Utamaro, who enjoyed Otokoyama so much he incorporated it into his artwork.  Light, smooth and rich type.  Medium dry sake with fruity aromas of banana, apple and grain.  Round and deep taste with clean acidity.

Otokoyama Kimoto
Brewed in the “old school” method, this full bodied sake has a round aroma of rice with a hint of fruit. Rich and deep in flavor with a dry finish.  Actually comes in a 900ml bottle, slightly larger than most 720ml bottles.

Otokoyama Yukishibare

Otokoyama Yukishibare Tokubetsu Junmai
Unpasteurized (nama) seasonal sake that is only released in Spring.  Milder than other namazake but still fresh and green in flavor.  Hints of fruit such as apple and banana with a slightly  dry finish.

Otokoyama Junmai Daiginjo
One of the more pricier sake we sell, but well worth the cost.  This super premium sake has an elegant and harmonious aroma with a long finish.  Flavorful, with a perfectly balanced smooth texture, it’s subtle and delicate flavors making it very refreshing.

So please stop by this Saturday and try SIX different Otokoyama sake.  We’re sure you’ll taste something you like and as always the tasting is complimentary. See you then!

Malcolm & Nadine Leong
The Sake Shop

Saturday, April 9, 2011
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm