38 Sakes in 38 Days: Day 30 Akishika “Super Dry”
We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 38th birthday with 38 sakes in 38 Days at their beautiful Japanese restaurant, Izanami. Today we conclude our discussion of nihonshu-do.
Beyond the nihonshu-do are a myriad of other factors that help determine how a sake will taste. Most significant may be the acidity. A good high acidity may increase the sense of dryness of a sake by lightening and spreading out the flavor. A low acid content on the other hand, can help a sake to feel fuller and heavier, and increase a sense of sweetness. At the end of the day, the other contributing factors are so numerous as to render the nihonshu-do by itself fairly useless. It is always educational to note the nihonshu-do of a sake being tasted, if only to note how it tastes compared to how it should taste.
Our 30th sake is Akishika “Super Dry”, a junmai genshu with a milling rate of 60% and a sake meter value of +15. This is a nama sake- unpasteurized and undiluted and we just love namas! Mateo told us that this is the driest sake in the U.S. This is an exquisite sake that we thought paired well with Chef Kiko’s fried chicken and mixed vegetable tempura.
Now you can taste the Akishika “ Super Dry” 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 $38 gift certificates to Izanami and a private hot tub for two at Ten Thousand Waves. On March 4th 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 38 years of Ten Thousand Waves- your passport to relaxation from your friends at 98-1 Radio Free Santa Fe.