39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 21 Fragrant Jewel (warm)

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 21 Fragrant Jewel (warm)

 

We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 sakes in 39 days at their lovely Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  This week we will be discussing temperature and how it affects the taste of sake.  The beauty of sake is that you can enjoy it at various temperatures.  Probably the most frequently asked question relating to sake is, “What is hot sake?  Why chilled versus warmed?”  Generally, in the past the worst rot-gut sake was heated to burn off the impurities and mellow out the flavors.  Izanami chooses to focus on premium sakes that are meant to be enjoyed chilled.  There are, however, a new breed of sake makers intent on making sake that can be enjoyed gently warmed.  The best sake serving temperature basically depends on what style of sake you are drinking.

Our 21st sake is Fragrant Jewel, a Junmai yamahai from the Chiba region of Japan.  This sake has a milling rate of 68%.  This week’s flight is different in that there are only two sakes but each one tastes different when served at various temperatures.  We thought Fragrant Jewel served warm had a bit of a bite to it and paired well with Chef Kiko’s mushroom plate and beet salad.  Tomorrow we will talk about “Fragrant Jewel” served cold and how it differs from warm.

And now you can taste Fragrant Jewel warm 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.

 

 

 

 

39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 21 Fragrant Jewel (warm)

 

We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 sakes in 39 days at their lovely Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  This week we will be discussing temperature and how it affects the taste of sake.  The beauty of sake is that you can enjoy it at various temperatures.  Probably the most frequently asked question relating to sake is, “What is hot sake?  Why chilled versus warmed?”  Generally, in the past the worst rot-gut sake was heated to burn off the impurities and mellow out the flavors.  Izanami chooses to focus on premium sakes that are meant to be enjoyed chilled.  There are, however, a new breed of sake makers intent on making sake that can be enjoyed gently warmed.  The best sake serving temperature basically depends on what style of sake you are drinking.

Our 21st sake is Fragrant Jewel, a Junmai yamahai from the Chiba region of Japan.  This sake has a milling rate of 68%.  This week’s flight is different in that there are only two sakes but each one tastes different when served at various temperatures.  We thought Fragrant Jewel served warm had a bit of a bite to it and paired well with Chef Kiko’s mushroom plate and beet salad.  Tomorrow we will talk about “Fragrant Jewel” served cold and how it differs from warm.

And now you can taste Fragrant Jewel warm 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.