37 Sakes in 37 Days: Day 27 Quintessence
We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 37th birthday with 37 sakes in 37 days at their lovely Japanese restaurant, Izanami. This week we will be talking about nihonshudo, which is a sake meter value used to grade the dryness or sweetness of sakes with pluses or minuses. Minus is sweeter and plus is drier.
Our 27th sake is Quintessence, a yamahai junmai with a milling rate of 65%. Now I know you are thinking, “Honey, we talked about this sake last week!” Well, yes we did but we are revisiting Quintessence because it is a great example of a sweet but acidic sake. This sake has a smv (sake meter value) of -33. This is the sake that has a very unique and unusual taste and Mateo said that it pairs very well with Chef Kiko’s fish night Wednesdays. I didn’t even know about fish night Wednesdays until he informed us but it is very popular and the only night of the week they serve fish.
Now you can taste the Quintessence 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 $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.