37 Sakes in 37 Days: Day 28 Dewatsuru Sakura Emaki
We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves' 37th birthday with 37 sakes in 37 days at their marvelous Japanese restaurant, Izanami. Today we continue our discussion about nihonshu-do, which is the specific gravity of a sake or the density of the sake relative to pure water.
The combination of heavier sugar and lighter alcohol will yield a measurable density to which a number can be affixed. This density can be measured with a hydrometer- a small cylinder set to float inside a small tube of liquid. And on to this an arbitrary scale has been assigned. This is called the sake meter, which we briefly mentioned yesterday. Tomorrow we will talk about talk more about positive and negative values on the sake meter.
Our 28th sake is Dewatsuru Sakura Emaki, a futsuushu with a milling rate of 60% and a sake meter value of -24. This sake is considered the rose of sakes, made from ancient purple rice which lends the sake its beautiful hue. Mateo told us the story how many years ago, farmers tilled the earth and discovered a samurai fort that had red sake in clay vessels. I love hearing the stories behind the making of these sakes! Dewatsuru is elegant with a smooth sweetness and we really loved pairing it with Chef Kiko’s chicken-wrapped shiso kushiyaki and zucchini wrapped mozzarella.
Now you can taste the Dewatsuru 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/contests 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.