38 Sakes in 38 Days: Day 9 Midnight Moon
We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 38th birthday with 38 sakes in 38 days at their spectacular Japanese pub, Izanami.
Today we are continuing our discussion of polish, or milling of rice and the rates of sake. Honjozo has a milling rate of 70% or less with a small amount of distilled alcohol added for smoothening flavor and pulling extra fragrance of rice giving it a light and earthy taste. Junmai means 100% pure rice sake without any additives such as alcohol, sugars and starches. No milling rate required. Generally, Junmai has clean and smooth flavor with medium body and richness.
Our 9th sake is Midnight Moon, a daiginjo with a milling rate of 50%. This sake is quite elegant and sophisticated. Midnight Moon is brewed in the purest of “nanbu” sake making traditions which began in the 1100’s. This sake has a vibrant aroma, bold yet smooth flavors, slightly rich with a hint of melon. We thought Midnight Moon paired well with Chef Kiko’s grilled avocado- delicious! Trent told us that this sake is recommended on Trip Advisor.
Now you can taste the Midnight Moon 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.