38 Sakes in 38 Days:  Day 5 Mutemuka

The Big Show with Honey Harris - January 11, 2019

38 Sakes in 38 Days:  Day 5 Mutemuka

38 Sakes in 38 Days" with our 5th sake, Mutemuka, as we continue our celebration of Ten Thousand Waves' 38th birthday.

Mutemuka is produced in the Kochi Prefecture which is on the southwestern part of the island of Shikoku, facing the Pacific Ocean.  Kochi is famous for its many rivers and deep valleys, and the Mutemuka brewery is located close to the source of Japan's purest river.  Founded in 1893, Mutemuka's owner became a pioneer of organic farming when he refused to spray chemicals even against strong opposition from neighboring farmers.

The Japanese regulations governing organic sake are extremely complicated.  To become certified, it is a 3-year process for each rice field.  Organic rice paddies are generally less than half the density of regular fields so yields are about 50% lower and the production costs are generally 25% higher.  It takes a dedicated brewery to make organic sake.

The result of all this hard work, Mutemuka is a very earthy, dry sake with an aroma and aftertaste like no other.  Aged for half a year at room temperature, super high in umami, with a nutty quality.

We thought this junmai genshu was very tasty and paired well with Chef Kiko’s edamame, kinpira gobo and ishiyaki.  This was yet another delightful sake/food pairing and made for a lovely evening with Linda, Eric and Noreen.

You can taste the exquisite Mutemuka for yourself at Izanami, the fantastic Japanese restaurant at Ten Thousand Waves.

Every Friday log onto santafe.com/passport to enter our amazing contest and name all 5 of the sakes I talk about each week.  On Mondays, we will choose one lucky contestant who correctly  names all 5 sakes of the week and that individual will win two $38 gift certificates to Izanami and a hot tub for two at Ten Thousand Waves.  Our grand prize will be awarded on March 4th and the winner will receive an overnight stay at Ten Thousand Waves, a complete therapeutic massage for two, a premium hot tub for two and a multi-course meal at Izanami.  Celebrating 38 years of Ten Thousand Waves, your passport to relaxation.