37 Sakes in 37 Days:  Day 6 Ine’s Full Bloom

The Big Show with Honey Harris - January 12, 2018

37 Sakes in 37 Days:  Day 6  Ine’s Full Bloom

We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 37th anniversary with 37 sakes in 37 days at their warm and cozy Japanese pub, Izanami.  Today we are wrapping up our discussion about the different types of rice, one of the three ingredients used to make sake. 

Miyama Nishiki rice is from the northern mountains of Iwate, Akita, Yamagata, Miyagi, Fukushima and Nagano.  Slightly less dry sake, more rice-like flavor and quiet nose.

Oseto rice is from Kagawa and is rich, earthy and very distinctive.

Hatta Nishiki rice is from Hiroshima and has earthy undertones with a rich flavor.

Tamazakae rice is from Tottori and Shiga and is soft, deep and complex.

Kame no O rice is from Nigata and Yamagata and is rich, flavorful and a bit drier and more acidic than other rice types.

Dewa San San rice is from Yamagata and Nigata.  Complex, not so dry, mildly fragrant.  Named after the 3 famous Dewa mountains of Yamagata prefecture.

Gohyakumangoku rice is from Nigata, Fukushima, Toyama and Ishikawa.  Smooth, clean, dry and slightly fragrant.  Represented primarily by Kubota brand and almost all from Nigata.

Our 6th sake is Ine’s Full Bloom and is a junmai genshu made from the last rice we talked about.  This sake is from the Kyoto region of Japan and is made from ancient strains of red rice grown only for ceremonial use in the local temple and is brewed by a rare female toji (brewer).  Full Bloom is slightly bitter with hints of smoke and bacon.  Naturally, I’m a big fan of this one!  We love this sake not only because of its beautiful red color but also because of its unique and tasty flavor which we thought paired very nicely with Chef Kiko’s yaki onigiri and sake braised mushrooms.

 Now you can taste the Ine’s Full Bloom 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.