Summary of the "Genshu -- Full Strength Tasting" | True Sake
July 2006

Summary of the "Genshu -- Full Strength Tasting"

Posted by Beau Timken in 2006, July, 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 June 19th True Sake held a "Full Strength -- Genshu" Tasting at Rumble Fish Restaurant in San Francisco (23rd and California). What the hell is a Genshu tasting? Essentially we selected 7 sakes that were "undiluted" in their production, resulting in higher alcohol contented brews. These sakes all had their unique characteristics often found in these "Full Strength" sakes. As one would imagine these big brews made for a big evening, which was highlighted by the Manager of True Sake -- Miwa Wang -- who made her debut at hosting one of these tastings. As I told the crowd, there is about ummm only one person in the world who I would let take the reins. She did a fantastic job!

The menu that night featured some of chef/owner Taro-san's secret versions of popular dishes such as chicken karaage, maki sampler, nigiri sampler, and an organic salad with "wafu" (Japanese style) dressing. Herewith is a list of the sakes that we tasted:

SAKE #1: Umenishiki Sakehitosuji "Gorgeous Plum"
Junmai Ginjo Genshu
SAKE #2: Tenzan "Mt. Tenzan"
Junmai Genshu
SAKE #3: Narutotai Genshu "Red Snapper"
Yamahai Junmai Ginjo Genshu
SAKE #4: Tsukasabotan Deluxe Hourie "King of the Peony"
Junmai Dai Ginjo Genshu
SAKE #5: Masumi Arabashiri "First Run"
Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu
SAKE #6: Kasumi Tusuru "Crane of Kasumi"
Honjozo Nama Genshu
SAKE #7: Momokawa "Nigori Genshu"
Junmai Nigori Genshu

This was a good tasting to take a cab home from, which several tasters wisely did! All in all we really got a good sense of what a higher alcohol percentage tasted or didn't taste like. Several of these Full- Strengthers have already secured tickets for the Blind Tasting, so they could not have been too pickled by those elevated alcohol percentages!

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