39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 6 “Beautiful Lily”

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 6 “Beautiful Lily”


We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 sakes in 39 days at their Japanese restaurant, Izanami.  This week we’ll be talking about “polish”, or rice milling.  Premium sake is brewed with special rice in which the starch component, or “white heart”, is concentrated at the center of the grain, with proteins, fats and amino acids located toward the outside.

With increased milling, one can remove more of the fats, proteins and amino acids that lead to unwanted flavors and aromas in the brewing process.  Ginjo-shu (premium sake) has at least 40% or more milled away.  Daiginjo (super premium sake) has at least 50% or more milled away.

Our sixth sake is “Beautiful Lily”, a honjozo from the Akita region of Japan will a milling rate of 68%.  Honjozo means that a very small amount of pure distilled alcohol is added to create a lighter, smooter sake.  We thought this beautifully named sake was mellow with a slight fruitiness balanced by nutty and earthy flavors.  This sake paired nicely with Chef Kiko’s fried chicken.

And now you can taste “Beautiful Lily” 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.