38 Sakes in 38 Days:  Day 27 Joto Nigori

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38 Sakes in 38 Days:  Day 27 Joto Nigori

We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 38th birthday with 38 sakes in 38 days at their smashing Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  Today we continue on with our discussion about the difference between dry versus sweet sake.

Yesterday we briefly mentioned the sake meter value which gauges the difference between sweet and dry sake.  The combination of heavier sugar and lighter alcohol will yield a measurable density to which a number can be affixed.  This density is measured with a hydrometer- a small cylinder set to float inside a small tube of liquid.  On to this, an arbitrary scale has been assigned.

Our 27th sake is Joto Nigori, a junmai with a milling rate of 65% and a sake meter value of -3.  This sake is from Hiroshima and has tropical note.  Joto Nigori is creamy and almost chewy on the palate.  This is a very good nigori which we thought paired well with Chef Kiko’s spicy sausage kushiyaki and crispy brussels sprouts.

Now you can taste the Joto Nigori 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 Friday, 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 Monday 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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