December 2011

Sake Bubbles - Sparkling Brews For New Year's Eve

Posted by Beau Timken in 2011, December, Newsletter

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Tiny bubbles! (Sung in my best Don Ho voice.....)

Once the holidays are out of the way then comes the last night of 2011. In years past you have consumed a great deal of Champagne and other various sparkling forms of headaches in the making right? Ever try a sparkling sake? What are you too cool? Are you too much of a sake purist? Do you think that sparkling sakes are beneath you? Well they aren't and they aren't novelty brews either.

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In 2006 I wrote the following:

So you're a sake tough guy or chick? A sake purist! One of those "you must be joking!" kind of people when somebody offers you a glass of sparkling sake. Me too! But, and this is from the heart, sparkling sake is actually pretty darn good. It's light and refreshing. It has a far lower alcohol content than typical sakes, which is
nice in a corporate setting to keep you from doing the Naked Mexican Hat Dance on top of the Company X-mas party's buffet table. And truthfully, it is a nice break from sake, but at least keeping to the sake family!


In 2004 I wrote this:

Is this then the future of sake in America? Hardly! Sparkling sakes are being produced in Japan to court a new type of alcohol drinker to the sake table. They are specifically being made to target women and younger drinkers, who consider sake their father's drink. These sakes are all a little sweeter than your average sake (even Nigoris), and they are lower in alcohol content as well, with an average between 6- 9% as opposed to the typical 15-17% for regular sakes. They are all made in mysterious and secret fashion, and most brewers will point out how their competitors make fake sparkling sake by adding carbonation. Bottom line is that some lightly pasteurize the sakes, which keeps the fermentation process going and results in naturally occurring carbonic dioxides (bubbles). It is fun to experiment with carbonic acids in sake, and I am certain that every type of sake drinker can find a sparkling sake that would speak to them in specific times and occasions.


In 2005 I wrote this:

If you are game, I highly recommend trying a Sparkling Sake this New Year's Eve. Hell, why not? They mostly come in 300ml bottles, so if you "miss" the most you have lost is $10-$18 and your dignity! At the very least you will see that many of the qualities found in filtered sakes such as balance, mouth feel, flavor push, and finish all factor into the Sparking Sake category. And last but not least, we highly recommend that you use sparkling wine glasses when drinking your bubbly! The fluted shape really exults the flavor and of course highlights the bubbles.


In 2011 I wrote this:

Currently we have 9 sparkling sakes of all types of methods, and a super 10th is coming later in December. (You will not want to miss the Ichinokura Suzune, which is absolutely amazing and is quite rare even in Japan.) We have sparkling brews that speak to those who like Brut sparking wines with small bubbles and tight personalities and we also have fat bubble sparkling sakes that speak to those who like big sweet flavors with more of fat mouth feel.


In 2012 I wrote this:

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