January 29, 2014 at 8:41 AM

33 Sakes in 33 Days:  #18 Ichishima “Silk Deluxe” Junmai

Honey's Sake Symposium from Ten Thousand Waves

By Honey Harris

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Hello dear sake students, today we are talking about our 18th sake we've tasted in our "33 Sakes in 33 Days" birthday celebration for Ten Thousand Waves and today it's the Ichishima "Silk Deluxe" Junmai.  This sake is truly silk in a glass.  This is a subtle sake that glides down smoothly with notes of cucumber and melon.  This unique brew is becoming the drink of choice , not only among novices, but also among those who prefer delicious sake with a light, yet mildly sweet finish.  Linda described this sake as being perfect for "newbies" and that it would be good served in a tall glass with cucumber and melon cubes on a summer day.  I'm already there!  Tasting this sake really did feel like silk, just the opposite of rough, hot sake.  Now you might be wondering why we tasted two Junmais from Ichishima and the reason is because the Junmai we tasted yesterday is quite different from this one and that is because the yeast is different, lending it a slightly sweet taste.  Linda recommends this sake for young women and old women who might prefer something soft and feminine.  I think some men would also enjoy the Ichishima "Silk Deluxe" Junmai.  We thought the "Silk Deluxe" paired well with Chef Kim Muller's edamame hummus and the special seaweed salad.  It also served well as a dessert sake with the flourless yuzu risotta cheesecake.

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 Ichishima "Silk Deluxe" Junmai  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!

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