39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 18 Old Mountain

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 18 Old Mountain

 

We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39 birthday with 39 sakes in 39 days at their fabulous Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  Today we continue our discussion about yamahai.  Yamahai moto takes about a month to develop, and can be nerve wrecking as those stray bacteria and wild yeast cells can ruin a whole batch if they are not kept in check to some degree.  Sanitation is paramount and pains must be taken to keep the developing moto covered and protected. Adding lactic acid at the beginning speeds the process up allowing  the moto to be ready for use in about two weeks.

Our 18th sake is Old Mountain, a Tokubetsu Junmai with a milling rate of 60% from the Tokushima region of Japan.  Mateo told us that the sake brewer is punk rock.  Old Mountain is super smoothy and super dry with a delightful aroma.  We thought this sake paired nicely with Chef Kiko’s wagyu beef.

And now you can taste Old 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.