January 24, 2014 at 9:01 AM

33 Sakes in 33 Days: #15 Yoi-no-Tsuki “Midnight Moon” Daiginjo

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By Honey Harris

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Ten Thousand Waves is turning 33 this year and we are helping to celebrate on The Big Show by tasting 33 Sakes in 33 Days at their new restaurant, Izanami. Nice gig, right? Today's sake is Yoi-no-Tsuki "Midnight Moon" Daiginjo, which is brewed in the purest of the "Nanbu" sake-making tradition which began in the 1100's. Sake students, do you recall our sake pyramid? This sake is a daiginjo, which means that it is top class pure premium- top of the line, if you will. Daiginjo is the highest grade of sake, with a rice polishing ratio of 50% or less and a small amount of brewer's alcohol is added just before pressing to bring out more of the fruity aroma often associated with the sake lees. The "Midnight Moon" has a rice polishing ratio of exactly 50%. This is one smooth sake, to be sure! The "Midnight Moon" is so smooth it's as if it possesses a port-like quality and a soft roundness. Drinking this sake tasted velvety, if that makes sense. We thought this sake paired very well with all of Chef Kim Muller's salads as well as the chicken and beef.

Today at Izanami they are featuring the "Midnight Moon" Daiginjo, so you can drive up to Ten Thousand Waves and sample this delicious sake yourself. And of course, Chef Kim Muller's out-of-this-world menu will taste so spectacular with this sake, too. Speaking of Izanami, now through the end of February they are having happy hour every evening after 9 pm, and all food is 33% off. Don't forget that today you can log onto santafe.com keyword sake and register to win dinner for two at Izanami and a private hot tub for two. You just have to name all 5 of the sakes I've tasted this week. On Monday, we'll announce the winner. Stay tuned in the 10 a.m. hour every weekday to hear me talking about the sake of the day from the fine folks at Ten Thousand Waves and Izanami.

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