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August 2006

Summary of the "Blind Sake Tasting" in Japan Town

Posted by Beau Timken in 2006, August, Newsletter, Sake Tastings

We typically get 20-30 emails per Newsletter from those wanting a summary of past sake tasting events. As such I make it a regular practice to highlight what you fools have been missing! (I say that in the most loving of ways). Point being, many people cannot attend a tasting and they want to know what goes down at these fun and informative events. Bottom-line is that we bend over backwards to create events that feature superb sakes, great spaces, and fabulous foods. You should at some point attend one of our tastings, and here's another example of why:

On July 19th True Sake held a "Blind Sake Tasting" in Japan Town in San Francisco. Forty lucky sake tasters enjoyed 15 different sakes all lined up in veiled bottles. Actually there were 16 bottles in a row, as we repeated one sake to see if the tasters could pick out the same sake amongst the other brews. And out of the entire group, one person managed to pick Kaori as the repeated sake. Herewith is a list of the sakes that were tasted:

SAKE #1: Yuki No Matsushima - "Snowy Land"
Miyagi Prefecture. Honjozo.
SMV: +20 Acidity: 1.6
SAKE #2: Nishida "Kikuizumi" - "Fountain of Joy"
Aomori Prefecture. Ginjo.
SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.3
SAKE #3: Takenotsuyu - "Bamboo Tears"
Yamagata Prefecture. Junmai.
SMV: 2 Acidity: 1.4
SAKE #4: Kaori - "Fragrance"
Yamaguchi Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo.
SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.5
SAKE #5: Tengumai - "Dance of the Demon"
Ishikawa Prefecture. Yamahai Shikomi Junmai.
SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.5
SAKE #6: Yuki no Bosha - "Cabin In The Snow"
Akita Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo.
SMV: +1 Acidity: 1.9
SAKE #7: Kikuhime - "Chrysanthemum Princess"
Ishikawa Prefecture. Yamahai Junmai.
SMV: +1 Acidity: 1.8
SAKE #8: Koshi No Tousetsuka - "Snow Flower"
Niigata Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo.
SMV: + 6 Acidity: 1.3
SAKE #9: Kaori - "Fragrance"
Yamaguchi Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo.
SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.5
SAKE #10: Kan Chiku - "Cold Bamboo"
Nagano Prefecture. Junmai Dai Ginjo.
SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.4
SAKE #11: Umenishiki "Sakehitosuji" - "Gorgeous Plum"
Ihime Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo Genshu.
SMV: +1.5 Acidity: 1.9
SAKE #12: Hakkaisan - "Hakkai Mountain"
Niigata Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo.
SMV: +5 Acidity: 1.3
SAKE #13: Fukunishiki - "Happy Fortune"
Hyogo Prefecture. Junmai.
SMV: +2 Acidity: 1.4
SAKE #14: Nihonjyo - "The Castle"
Wakayama Prefecture. Junmai Dai Ginjo.
SMV: +2 Acidity: 1.3
SAKE #15: Hoyo Manamusume - "Farmer's Daughter"
Miyagi prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai.
SMV: +1 Acidity: 1.5
SAKE #16: Bishonen - "Beautiful Boy"
Kumamoto Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo.
SMV: +2 Acidity: 1.7

Also at the tasting we provided a wall chart to plot the tasters top three favorite sakes. Typically, perhaps because of "group think," you get about three sakes that everybody gravitates to, but this was not the case. There was a very wide scope of likes that really made my night! But, of course, everybody wants to know "What was the favorite?" and on this evening the top 3 sakes were: Hoyo, Yuki no Bosha, and Kaori (And since I do not believe in bests these 3 are not in order! Ha!)


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