38 Sakes in 38 Days: Day 31 Forest Spirit
We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 38th birthday with 38 sakes in 38 days at their gorgeous Japanese restaurant, Izanami. During this week we’ll be talking about finishing touches beginning with unfiltered vs. unfiltered.
Among sake labeled as “unfiltered” in English, some are white and cloudy. This is easy to figure out; it is cloudy because they did not filter it. But other times we read “unfiltered” and it is totally clear. What gives? The key to understanding this is to realize that there are two “filtrations”, but they are called different things in Japanese, but the best English translation for both is “filtration”.
Our 31st sake is Forest Spirit a junmai usu-nigori with a milling rate of 59% and a sake meter value of +6. This sake is as close to tasting straight from the vat as it gets! No charcoal filtration, unpasteurized and undiluted and contains fine fermentation sediment resulting in a delicate light/thin nigori (cloudy) sake. We thought Forest Spirit tasted smooth and dry with a hint of tropical fruit flavors. This sake paired very nicely with Chef Kiko’s crispy brussels sprouts and sea bass tempura.
Now you can taste the Forest Spirit 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.