37 Sakes in 37 Days: Day 17 Cabin in the Snow Junmai Ginjo
We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 37th birthday with 37 sakes in 37 days at their phenomenal Japanese restaurant, Izanami. This week we are talking about yeast, on the three ingredients used to make sake.
The importance of yeast in the production of sake is extremely important, as yeast influences many elements of sake taste, most noticeably sake fragrance. And since our sense of taste is highly influenced by our sense of smell, this is crucially important.
Indeed, the proper the tasting of sake requires a well-developed sense of smell. There is the initial sniff, noting the general fragrance of a sake. Then comes the fragrance that arises as you hold the sake in your mouth and breathe. There is also a third fragrance that becomes discernible immediately after you swallow a sip. Yeast affects all of these. As Mateo said, “yeast creates the magic”.
Our 17th sake is Cabin in the Snow Junmai Ginjo with a milling rate of 50%. Not to confuse you, we did taste another Cabin in the Snow last week but that was a yamahai junmai with a milling rate of 65% but these have two different tastes to be sure. Today’s Cabin in the Snow can be served both warm and cold and has a fruity body and great aroma, off-dry with a subtle peppery finish. The contrast in serving it warm or cold is a perfect example of how warming affects flavor and body. This sake is from the Northern region of Japan in Akita and the brewers use a rare in-house yeast. Junmai means it is special and it is also gluten-free. We thought this Cabin in the Snow paired mighty well with Chef Kiko’s Wagyu Beef Ishiyaki and onigiri. Delicious!
Now you can taste the Cabin in the Snow Junami Ginjo and the other fantastic sakes on this week’s flight and see for yourself how delightful it is to pair exquisite food with amazing sakes at Izanami. On Fridays, go to santafe.com/passport to enter our contest where you name all of the sakes I’ve talked about that week (hint: go can read my blogs in case you miss hearing me talk about them). On Mondays, we will draw one correct entry and that person will receive two $37 gift certificates to Izanami and a private hot tub for two at Ten Thousand Waves. On February 27th we will draw our grand prize winner who will receive a complete therapeutic massage for two, a premium hot tub for two, a multi-course dinner for two at Izanami and an overnight stay at Ten Thousand Waves. We’re celebrating 37 years of Ten Thousand Waves- your passport to relaxation from your friends at 98-1 Radio Free Santa Fe.