38 Sakes in 38 Days:  Day 10 Sublime Beauty

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38 Sakes in 38 Days:  Day 10 Sublime Beauty

We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 38th birthday with 38 sakes in 38 days at their wonderful Japanese pub, Izanami.  Today we conclude our discussion of milling by talking about the two remaining grades of sake, ginjo and daiginjo.

Ginjo has a milling rate of 60% or less.  It is made with extra elements such as special ginjo yeast and low temperature long term fermentation.  Generally, ginjo has a nice fruity and flowery fragrance called ginjoka and a delicate flavor.  Ginjo without any additives is called Junmai ginjo.

Daiginjo is the absolute top grade premium sake with a milling rate of 50% or less.  Daiginjo is made with extra care and top grade sake rice.  Generally, daiginjo has a beautiful ginjoka and complicated layers of flavor.  Mostly it is served in cold or room temperature.  Daiginjo without any additives is called Junmai daiginjo.

Our 10th sake is Sublime Beauty, a nama genshu with a milling rate of 90%.  This sake is made by Japan’s first female brewer from organically grown rice and house yeasts, undiluted and unpasteurized, gravity pressed.  Sublime Beauty is full-bodied and elegant.   We thought this sake had a bit of a sweet taste and a lot of umami which paired well with Chef Kiko’s fried chicken and onigiri.

Now you can taste the Sublime Beauty Nama 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.

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