39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 30 Super Dry

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 30 Akishika “Super Dry”


We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 sakes in 39 Days at their beautiful Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  Today we conclude our discussion of nihonshu-do.

Beyond the nihonshu-do are a myriad of other factors that help determine how a sake will taste.  Most significant may be the acidity.  A good high acidity may increase the sense of dryness of a sake by lightening and spreading out the flavor.  A low acid content on the other hand, can help a sake to feel fuller and heavier, and increase a sense of sweetness.  At the end of the day, the other contributing factors are so numerous as to render the nihonshu-do by itself fairly useless.  It is always educational to note the nihonshu-do of a sake being tasted, if only to note how it tastes compared to how it should taste.

Our 30th sake is Akishika “Super Dry”, a junmai genshu with a milling rate of 60% and a sake meter value of +15.  This is a nama sake- unpasteurized and undiluted and we just love namas!  Mateo told us that this is the driest sake in the U.S.  This is an exquisite sake that we thought paired well with Chef Kiko’s fried chicken and mixed vegetable tempura. 

And now you can taste Super Dry 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.