39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 15 Izumo Fuji

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 15 Izumo Fuji


We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 sakes in 39 days at their gorgeous Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  Today we will be talking about the common yeast strains.

Currently, they are up to number 15.  Each one has its own special qualities.  Yeast #1 through #6 are no longer in use., as apparently the acid produced was too strong.  Yeast #7, #9 and #10 are the most important these days.  Yeast #7, discovered by Masumi of Nagano, is the single most commonly used yeast in the country, with its mellow fragrance and robust strength during fermentation.  Yeast #9 is the most common yeast for ginjo-shu due to its wonderful fragrance-creating abilities, and fairly healthy constitution during fermentation.  Yeast #10 produces a lower acid, fine-grained flavor in sake but is a bit fickly at all but the lowest fermentation temperatures.  More recently, #14 and #15 are often used in finer sake, especially in particular regions.

Our 15th sake is Izumo Fuji, a junmai with a milling rate of 70%.  This sake is brewed near Izumo Taisha, one of Japan’s oldest and most important shrines.  Everything is done by hand in this brewery.  Izumo Fuji is soft, relaxed and easy to drink.  We thought this sake paired well with everything we tasted from Chef Kiko’s delicious menu, especially the mushroom plate and chicken drummettes!

And now you can taste Izumo Fuji 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.