37 Sakes in 37 Days: Day 29 Tsukuba “Mighty Peak”
We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 37th birthday with 37 sakes in 37 days at their divine Japanese restaurant, Izanami. Today we continue our talk about nihonshu-do- the dryness or sweetness of sake.
This week we’ve talked about the sake meter value being comprised of negative and positive values. Negative values, by ancient industry convention, indicate more residual sugar, and positive values indicate less. Most sakes today have nihonshu-do values between -3 and +10, although theoretically there is no limit. Generally speaking, the higher the nihonshu-do value, the drier the sake.
Our 29th sake is Mighty Peak, a tokubetsu junmai with a milling rate of 58% and a sake meter value of +1. Mateo told us that this value makes it more neutral. If you recall, tokubetsu means “special” and Mighty Peak is pretty special alright. It tasted sweet at first and then peppery and we thought it paired mighty well with Chef Kiko’s beet salad- yummy!
Now you can taste the Mighty Peak 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.