39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 12 Chokaisan “Mt. Chokai”

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 12 Chokaisan “Mt. Chokai”

 

We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 Sakes in 39 Days at their spectacular Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  Today we continue our discussion about the importance of yeast in sake brewing.  Yeast converts sugar to alcohol and carbon dioxide.  It is the heart of the creation of all alcoholic beverages.  Different yeast strains will produce different things, like esters, alcohols and acids and other chemical compounds that affect the nuances of fragrance and flavor.

Our 12th sake is Chokaisan “Mt. Chokai”, a Junmai daiginjo from the Akita region of Japan.  This sake uses a unique flower yeast with a milling rate of 50%.  Mateo told us that this sake is Chef Kiko’s favorite and we can see why.  We thought the Mt. Chokai was an exceptionally elegant sake with a smooth and soft taste.  Mt. Chokai paired nicely with Chef Kiko’s spicy cucumber salad and fried oysters.

And now you can taste Mt. Chokai and the other fabulous sakes in this week’s flight.  In celebration of the 39th anniversary of the Waves, they bring you 39 sakes to enjoy each week featuring a different aspect of sake.  Taste the weekly flight from now until March 8th and get a stamp in your sake passport.  Collect stamps and win fantastic prizes!  On Fridays, go to santafe.com/contests/honeys-sake-symposium to enter our contest where you name all of the 5 sakes I’ve talked about that week (hint: you can read my blogs in case you missed hearing me talk about them).  On Mondays, we will draw one correct entry and that person will receive two $39 gift certificates to Izanami and a private hot tub for two at Ten Thousand Waves.  On March 9th we will draw our grand prize winner and that person will receive a complete therapeutic massage for two, a private hot tub for two, a multi-course dinner for two at Izanami and an overnight stay at Ten Thousand Waves.  We’re celebrating 39 years of Ten Thousand Waves- your passport to relaxation, from your friends at 98-1 Radio Free Santa Fe.