39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 28 Mighty Peak

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 28 Tsukuba “Mighty Peak”


We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 sakes in 39 days at their divine Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  Today we continue our talk about nihonshu-do- the dryness or sweetness of sake.

This week we’ve talked about the sake meter value being comprised of negative and positive values.  Negative values, by ancient industry convention, indicate more residual sugar, and positive values indicate less.  Most sakes today have nihonshu-do values between -3 and +10, although theoretically there is no limit.  Generally speaking, the higher the nihonshu-do value, the drier the sake.

Our 28th sake is Mighty Peak, a tokubetsu junmai with a milling rate of 58% and a sake meter value of +1.  Mateo told us that this value makes it more neutral.  If you recall, tokubetsu means “special” and Mighty Peak is pretty special alright.  It tasted sweet at first and then peppery and we thought it paired mighty well with Chef Kiko’s beet salad- yummy!

And now you can taste Mighty Peak 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.