39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 7 “Into Your Soul”

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39 Sakes in 39 Days:  Day 7 “Into Your Soul”


We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves’ 39th birthday with 39 sakes in 39 Days at their fabulous Japanese pub, Izanami.  This week we are talking about polish of the rice.

In the case of premium sake, after proper sake rice has been secured, it is milled or polished, to prepare it for brewing.  It must done gently to avoid generating too much heat (which adversely affects water absorption) and avoid cracking the rice kernels (which is not good for the fermentation process).

Our 7th sake is “Into Your Soul”, a tokubetsu honjozo with a milling rate of 60%.   We thought that this sake was fruity and paired nicely with Chef Kiko’s spicy sausage kushiyaki.  Mateo suggested that if someone has never tried sake that this one would be a good starter.

And now you can taste “Into Your Soul” 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.