37 Sakes in 37 Days: Day 20 Return to the Mountain
We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 37th birthday with 37 sakes in 37 days at their gorgeous Japanese restaurant, Izanami. Today we continue our discussion of the importance of yeast in the sake making process by delving into the history of yeast in Japan.
In the early 1900’s, the Central Brewer’s Union first began taking pure yeast strains that had been isolated (usually by larger breweries from particularly good tanks of sake) and making them available to kura (breweries) across the nation in pure form, usually in small glass vials. These yeast strains have since been assigned numbers by the Central Brewers Union. Tomorrow we’ll discuss the common yeast strains.
Our 20th sake is Return to the Mountain, a junmai ginjo with a milling rate of 55%. This sake has an acidity three times the average ginjo sake and is lower in alcohol than most genshu sake with a taste of tart green apples. We thought this sake was really refreshing and tasted like a complex white wine and paired nicely with Chef Kiko’s chicken wrapped shiso and wagyu beef skewers. Return to the Mountain comes in a beautiful blue bottle.
Now you can taste the Return to the Mountain 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.