February 2007

Summary of the Junmai Night Sake Tasting - The Greatest Cake Ever!

Posted by admin in 2007, February, Newsletter, Sake Tastings

sake summary feb 2007We 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 January 23rd we had a fantastic Junmai Sake Tasting featuring 8 Junmai sakes served at room temperature at A Muse Art Gallery. The evening was awesome, and there were some definite favorite sakes. The night featured two brews not available in the US (one will soon be available and the other was hand-carried from Japan), as well as one hell of a birthday cake.

We encouraged the drinkers to start with the driest and work their way down for the first 6 sakes and then we introduced the two unique sakes brought exclusively from Japan. The last sake was a Junmai that had been polished to only 80% (meaning only 20% of each grain of rice had been removed - typically consumption rice is polished to 90%). This sake can be called Junmai as long as the label has the milling rate i.e. 80%.

Here was the order:

  1. Onikarakuchi from Yamagata Prefecture
  2. Tsukasabotan Senchu Hakkasu from Kochi Prefecture
  3. Koshi no Kanbai from Niigata Prefecture
  4. Urakasumi from Miyagi Prefecture
  5. Kikuhime from Ishikawa Prefecture
  6. Hoyo Manamusume from Miyagi
  7. Iso Jiman from Shizouka
  8. Taka from Yamaguchi

We served all of these brews room temperature and we also served Kikuhime chilled so that you could taste a Junmai at two temperatures to see what happens to the acidity, flavor, nose, and structure.

But the highlight of the evening was my birthday cake - shaped like two Ishobin sake bottles with labels that read "41% Millling" and "Beau-shu," and of course it was adorned with 41 candles. Check out a photo of the cake! (By the way I am 31 not 41)

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