39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 31 Forest Spirit

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 31 Forest Spirit


We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 sakes in 39 days at their delightful Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  This week we will be talking about filtration, pasteurization, additions and and storage. 

Among sake labeled as “unfiltered” in English, some are white and cloudy.  This is easy to figure out; it is cloudy because they did not filter it.  But other times we read “unfiltered” and it is totally clear.  Hmmm.  The key to understanding this is to realize that there are two “filtrations”.  They are called different things in Japanese, but the best English translation for both is filtration.

Our 31st sake is Forest Spirit, a Junmai usu-nigori with a milling rate of 59% and a sake meter value of +6.  Mateo told us that this sake is more refined than most nigoris and is not as cloudy.  Forest Spirit is made with local rice, yamada nishiki which is the most popular rice for sake brewing.  Mateo also mentioned that Izanami has the largest selection of nama sake than any other restaurant in North America.  We thought Forest Spirit paired nicely with Chef Kiko’s spinach salad and fried shrimp. 

And now you can taste Forest Spirit 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.