39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 19 Joto Daiginjo

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 19 Joto Daiginjo


We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 sakes in 39 days at their fantastic Japanese restaurant, Izanami.

Today we continue our discussion of yamahai.  The alter ego of yamahai, in which a bit of lactic acid is added in the beginning, is known as sokujo moto or “fast-developing” moto.  Due to a characteristic resistance to new technology, it took about ten years for sokujo moto to gain acceptance on an industry-wide basis.  However, most sake today is created using sokujo moto method, as it is faster and easier and leads to a cleaner flavor.  In a sense, yamahai is for those with more eclectic tastes.

Our 19th sake is Joto Daiginjo, a daiginjo with a milling rate of 50%.  Joto Daiginjo has apple yeasts which the brewery has cultivated since the 1940’s and tastes soft, delicate and clean with hints of crisp green apple.  We thought this sake has very smooth and paired beautifully with Chef Kiko’s pichi pichi.  You know, I often marvel at the attention to detail and beauty that the Japanese in general display, and the same is with their sakes labels.  The Joto Daiginjo label features tiny clocks representing the 72 hours of milling the rice.  Beautiful!

And now you can taste Joto Daiginjo 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.