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Best Shoyu Uncooked - Final Results and Rankings

Best Shoyu In An Uncooked Role - With Tofu


Click on a Judge to see their profile. Mouse over each Judge's score to see their comment explaining that score. A complete list of judge's comments is located below the results table. Scoring was based only on Taste=100%.

Rank Name Judge 1
Judge 2
Judge 3
Judge 4
Judge 5
Average Score Out of 10 Normalized Score
#1 Aloha Shoyu
(Made in Hawaii)
6.0Taste 6. Light taste, slightly lacking in flavor. 8.0 Taste 8. Mild flavor, not as aromatic. 6.0Taste 6. 7.0Taste 7 Good everyday shoyu. Tasty, but not too salty. 9.0Taste 9. Mildest. 7.20 100%
#2
Kikkoman Shoyu
(Wisconsin)
8.0Taste 8. Milder taste with nice aroma. 6.0Taste 6. Salty. Chemical odor. 2.0Taste 2. Tastes salty and almost metallic. 8.0Taste 8. Good sushi shoyu. Good flavor, deep taste, clean taste. 7.0Taste 7. 2nd strongest, similar to E (Yamasa). 6.20 86.1%
#3
Yamasa Shoyu
(Japan)
7.0Taste 7. Not bad taste, but just a little too salty. 7.0Taste 7. Smells like chemicals. 3.0Taste 3. Salty. 4.0Taste 4. Salty, more robust. 6.0Taste 6. Strongest, too salty. 5.40 75.0%
#4 Eden Tamari
(Michigan)
5.0Taste 5. Salty with slightly hotter after taste. 7.0Taste 7. Very dense. 1.0Taste 1. Very bitter. Reddish color. 5.0Taste 5. Appears thick. Ok. 8.0Taste 8. Strong and stout. 5.20 72.2%
#5 Bragg's Liquid Aminos
2.0Taste 2. Weird color, salty taste. 6.0Taste 6. Light in color and value. 0.0Taste 0. Really strong and has a bitter taste. The color was light. 1.0Taste 1. Salty, unusual flavor, light in color. 2.0Taste 2. Weird taste. Like nutty flavor. 2.20 30.6%

Judge's Comments


 

#1 Aloha Shoyu
Judge 1 - Taste 6. Light taste, slightly lacking in flavor.

Judge 2 - Taste 8. Mild flavor, not as aromatic.

Judge 3 - Taste 6.

Judge 4 - Taste 7 Good everyday shoyu. Tasty, but not too salty.
Judge 5 - Taste 9. Mildest.

#2 Kikkoman Shoyu

Judge 1 - Taste 8. Milder taste with nice aroma.

Judge 2 - Taste 6. Salty. Chemical odor.
Judge 3 - Taste 2. Tastes salty and almost metallic.

Judge 4 - Taste 8. Good sushi shoyu. Good flavor, deep taste, clean taste.

Judge 5 - Taste 7. 2nd strongest, similar to E (Yamasa).

#3 Yamasa Shoyu

Judge 1 - Taste 7. Not bad taste, but just a little too salty.
Judge 2 - Taste 7. Smells like chemicals.

Judge 3 - Taste 3. Salty.

Judge 4 - Taste 4. Salty, more robust.

Judge 5 - Taste 6. Strongest, too salty.

#4 Eden Tamari Soy Sauce

Judge 1 - Taste 5. Salty with slightly hotter after taste.

Judge 2 - Taste 7. Very dense.

Judge 3 - Taste 1. Very bitter. Reddish color.

Judge 4 - Taste 5. Appears thick. Ok.

Judge 5 - Taste 8. Strong and stout.

#5 Bragg's Liquid Aminos

Judge 1 - Taste 2. "Weird color, salty taste.

Judge 2 - Taste 6. Light in color and value.
Judge 3 - Taste 0. Really strong and has a bitter taste. The color was light.

Judge 4 - Taste 1. Salty, unusual flavor, light in color.

Judge 5 - Taste 2. Weird taste. Like nutty flavor.

Best Shoyu Cooked - Final Results and Rankings

Best Shoyu In A Cooked Role - Shoyu Sugar Hot Dog


Click on a Judge to see their profile. Mouse over each Judge's score to see their comment explaining that score. A complete list of judge's comments is located below the results table. Scoring was based only on Taste=100%.

Rank Name Judge 1
Judge 3
Judge 4
Judge 5
Average Score Out of 10 Normalized Score
#1 Aloha Shoyu
(Made in Hawaii)
7.0Taste 7. Light in taste, but not bad balance with sugar. 4.0Taste 4. Sweet, light in color. 7.0Taste 7. Good. Light shoyu allows sugar to come through. 9.0Taste 9. Mildest. Brown sugar flavor comes through. Best. 6.75 100%
#2
Kikkoman Shoyu
(Wisconsin)
6.0Taste 6. Slightly salty. 3.0Taste 3. Sweet and salty. 6.0Taste 6. Light shoyu taste. 8.0Taste 8. Not bad. Similar to E (Aloha), but little bit more rich. 5.75 85.2%
#3
Yamasa Shoyu
(Japan)
6.0Taste 6. Mild taste. Slightly sweeter. 3.0Taste 3. 4.0Taste 4. Strong shoyu flavor, but sweet. 6.0Taste 6. Strong. 4.75 70.4%
#4 Eden Tamari
(Michigan)
6.0Taste 6. Strong after taste. 1.0Taste 1. Bad after taste. 4.0Taste 4. Strong shoyu. 7.0Taste 7. Strongest. 4.50 66.7%
#5 Bragg's Liquid Aminos
5.0Taste 5. Stronger after taste. 2.0Taste 2. Salty. 1.0Taste 1. Unusual taste. 4.0Taste 5. Is it B (Bragg's) from the tofu test? Ok, but subtle after taste. 3.25 48.1%

Judge's Comments


 

#1 Aloha Shoyu
Judge 1 - Taste 7. Light in taste, but not bad balance with sugar.

Judge 2 - Taste 4. Sweet, light in color.

Judge 3 - Taste 7. Good. Light shoyu allows sugar to come through.

Judge 4 - Taste 9. Mildest. Brown sugar flavor comes through. Best.

#2 Kikkoman Shoyu

Judge 1 - Taste 6. Slightly salty.

Judge 2 - Taste 3. Sweet and salty.
Judge 3 - Taste 6. Light shoyu taste.

Judge 4 - Taste 8. Not bad. Similar to E (Aloha), but little bit more rich.


#3 Yamasa Shoyu

Judge 1 - Taste 6. Mild taste. Slightly sweeter.
Judge 2 - Taste 3.

Judge 3 - Taste 4. Strong shoyu flavor, but sweet.

Judge 4 - Taste 6. Strong.

#4 Eden Tamari Soy Sauce

Judge 1 - Taste 6. Strong after taste.

Judge 2 - Taste 1. Bad after taste.

Judge 3 - Taste 4. Strong shoyu.

Judge 4 - Taste 7. Strongest.


#5 Bragg's Liquid Aminos

Judge 1 - Taste 5. Stronger after taste.

Judge 2 - Taste 2. Salty.
Judge 3 - Taste 1. Unusual taste.

Judge 4 - Taste 5. Is it B (Bragg's) from the tofu test? Ok, but subtle after taste.

Best Shoyu - Local Brewed Favorite Sweeps Awards!

Best Shoyu In An Uncooked Role
Shoyu With Tofu

Best Shoyu In A Cooked Role
Shoyu Sugar Hot Dog


And the Oscar goes too...

The Shoyu Shimmy took place on February 28, 2009. We've run in to some snags planning the kal-bi blind taste test, so in the mean time, we did a mini shoyu challenge. The big 3 local shoyu favorites went up against a popular mainland brand tamari soy sauce and a healthy shoyu substitute (wildcard control entry). To see if certain shoyus taste better in a cooked application and others are better for table use (i.e. dipping), we tasted the the shoyus in both a uncooked application (tofu dip) and a cooked application (shoyu sugar hot dog). Click the tofu pic above to see the uncooked shoyu results and the shoyu sugar hot dog pic to see the cooked shoyu results.

Planning the Shoyu Shimmy

Planning the Shoyu Shimmy stirred up lots of debate within the WOW Grinds Team. First of all, we wanted to rank the shoyus like we normally do, but we also wanted to check out the myth that some shoyu taste better in cooked applications while others are better for table use (i.e. dipping). It boiled down to the question of, "what you going taste the shoyu with cooked and uncooked?" Here's what we came up with...

Cooked Solution - For the cooked application, we decided to use each shoyu in a popular local home-cooked dish...shoyu hotdog. We figured that this simple and minimal dish would not overpower or mask the shoyu flavor and would give the judges a clear sense of each shoyu's distinct flavor when cooked. We used a simple recipe of one part shoyu to one part brown sugar and threw in about 18 pieces of Redondo's Weiners cut in to bite size pieces. We simmered each one for about 1-2 minutes just to heat the hotdog morsels.

Uncooked Solution - We were deciding between sashimi or tofu as the vehicle to taste the uncooked shoyu. We ended up going with the tofu due to its pretty neutral flavor which would allow for the shoyu to be highlighted. Plus tofu is way cheaper than sashimi.

We did the tasting in two rounds. First was the uncooked shoyu with tofu. Second was the cooked shoyu hotdog. For each round, we randomly assigned the shoyus to different letters. We did the same side by side judging style as the other challenges where all the dishes were lined up with their random letter. Then the judges served themselves in any order and scored each one. The only differnce in the judging was that we scored only by taste=100%.


Best Shoyu - Results Coming Soon

When you ask most local folks about shoyu, you most likely get one ear full about the three local standards, Kikkoman, Aloha Shoyu and Yamasa.  And then shoyu talk gets more complicated because people say some shoyus are better for cook with and some are better for table use. But everybody get their own opinion. So we put the 3 local shoyu favorites through our WOW Grinds Blind Taste Test and threw in couple wild card entries just for fun. In addtion to ranking them like we usually do, we wanted to see if the same shoyu would come out on top in both a cooked and uncooked (i.e. dipping) application. So for this one we did two rounds of shoyu tasting. First round was tasting shoyus in a uncooked application (dipping with tofu) and second round had the shoyus in a cooked style (shoyu hotdog). The results will be posted soon.

What is shoyu? The Competitors The Planning