39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 17 Taiheizan “Great Peaceful Mountain”

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 17 Taiheizan “Great Peaceful Mountain”

 

We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 sakes in 39 days at their lovely Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  We continue our discussion about yamahai, a variation on the brewing method.  From hundreds of years ago until the early 1900’s, it was thought that the rice and koji had to be mixed and crushed into a puree when creating the moto in order for them to work properly together and convert the starches to sugars.  To achieve this, brewery workers would ram oar-like poles into the small vat for hours on end to make a smooth paste of the contents- exhausting to say the least.  This pole-ramming activity is known as yama-oroshi.

Our 17th sake is “Great Peaceful Mountain”, a kimoto Junmai with a milling rate of 59% from the Akita region of Japan.  This sake is made by a modern, modified version of the traditional  kimoto method known as akita kimoto to create a strong moto that can withstand long fermentations at low temperatures.  We thought “Great Peaceful Mountain” had a huge bite of flavor with hints of nuts and subtle fruitiness.  This sake  paired quite well with Chef Kiko’s pork ribs and waygu.

And now you can taste “Great Peaceful Mountain” 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.