January 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

33 Sakes in 33 Days: #12 Jikomi “Old Mountain” Tokubetsu Junmai Yamahai

Honey's Sake Symposium from Ten Thousand Waves

By Honey Harris

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We are celebrating Ten Thousand Waves' 33rd birthday by tasting 33 Sakes in 33 Days at their new restaurant, Izanami.  Our 12th sake we tasted is Jikomi "Old Mountain" Tokubetsu Junmai Yamahai.  Earlier, I was talking about the yamahai production of sake and that there aren't many sakes made with this process, but the "Old Mountain" is a sake made by this process.  Linda described this sake as "sake funk", meaning that it is very rich, acidic and tangy.  This sake was aged for about 4 weeks whereas a lot of sake is aged for about 2 weeks.  We really enjoyed tasting this sake and thought it paired well with Chef Kim Muller's Tonkatsu, which is lightly fried pork.  The "Old Mountain" sake actually pairs well with all food.  Linda said that this sake has an aged feeling to it, like sherry. 

At Izanami, they are celebrating the 33rd birthday of Ten Thousand Waves' with a happy hour now through February.  Every evening after 9pm, all food at Izanami is 33% off the regular menu price.  And all day today you can taste the "Mighty Peak" at a special price.  Just mention that you heard about it on The Big Show.  Be sure to take your notes and enter our contest to win dinner for two at Izanami and a private hot tub for two from Ten Thousand Waves by logging onto santafe.com keyword sake on Fridays and on Monday we will draw a winner. Good luck, Sake students!

Enter the contest here.