December 2004

KINPAKU SAKE - There's gold in them there sakes!

Posted by admin in 2004, December, Newsletter

So you haven't seen gold flakes in sake before? You haven't seen the snow-globes for adults know as "Celebration Sake?" Kinpaku is the Japanese word for gold leaf or pounded gold that is made to adorn Buddhist alters, clothing, artistic expressions, extremely expensive cuisine, and of course it is infused in sake. Basically it may be considered high-end decoration and one still hears stories about the roaring 80's when Japanese businessmen only handed out gold business cards! Kinpaku in our context is added to sake to represent good times and celebrations. It is usually given as a gift, and a good number of breweries in Japan produce Kinpaku sake with typically their Ginjo or Dai Ginjo sakes. Holidays, birthdays, promotions, engagement parties, victories all would call for this extra bit of decadence.

As gold is inert it does not affect the flavor or consistency of sake in any capacity. In fact there is gold foil under the majority of bottle caps for the large 1.8L bottles of sake to keep the plastic stopper from touching the sake within. Just ask your local sushi chef to show you the bottle top sometime to see for yourself. Now the amount of shredded gold foil flakes varies from brewery to brewery. Some go crazy and their sakes literally look like a snowstorm of gold. And others use very few pieces. The sizes of the flakes vary as well. And no gold foil flakes are not like the worm in the bottle of tequila that "soaks up all the booze." In fact you don't even feel the flakes when they go down!

Currently True Sake carries three different Kinpaku sakes from Tamon, Wakaebisu, and Kamotsuru in 1.8L, 720ml, and 180ml respectively.

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