January 2014

“Ask Beau” - “Where do you taste sakes?”

Posted by Beau Timken in 2014, Ask Beau, January, Newsletter
This question was asked of me a long time ago, but it has a certain relevance because one of my favorite places to taste sake just closed after 49 years and 6 months in business.

True Sake For the past 15 years I wrote most of my sake reviews at the corner counter of the sushi bar at Toraya Sushi in Japan town. It was the highlight of my day to close up shop and take a bottle or two to Toraya. The amazing owners Scott and Tomi and their wonderful daughter Mina would prepare my space for the tasting by placing out three empty glasses of different sizes and a glass of water. Sometimes I would forget my sake notebooks and Scott would give me restaurant stationery from way back.

That corner seat helped me define and refine my sake pallet. I learned so much of what I know about sakes in that seat. Basically it was my home away from home and that seat also taught me a lot about life. That seat helped me through a long and rough divorce. That seat was a big part of me.

In the past decade at True Sake I was asked a million times “Where do you go for good sushi?” and I would never say Toraya. It was my secret and I had Scott and Tomi’s blessings to not tell everybody, because Scott didn’t want their place to be too busy! It was hard for me not to spill the beans. But it was worth it all the times that I was the only guy at their sushi counter.

True Sake I was incredibly sad when they announced their retirement, but I am incredibly happy for them and their new life! That seat has a very special place in my heart and in a sense that seat and that comfortable feeling was the juice that replenished my sake soul. Thank you T3 – you are a very big part of True Sake!

Please send your sake specific questions to askbeau2@truesake.com. (This address is not for general questions and I only review the questions once per month. All other correspondence should use info@truesake.com.

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