February 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM

33 Sakes in 33 Days:  #31 Hakugyokko “Fragrant Jewel” Yamahai Muroka Nama Genshu

Honey's Sake Symposium from Ten Thousand Waves

By Honey Harris

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It's Sake Finals Week in our Sake Symposium.  Can you believe that we are already talking about sake #31 in our  "33 Sakes in 33 Days" celebration of Ten Thousand Waves' 33rd birthday?  Time really does fly by when you're having fun and that is exactly what we've been doing over the past weeks at Izanami, Ten Thousand Waves' new restaurant.  Last night Kaz enlightened and entertained us with our last three sakes and the sake we're talking about today is the Hakugyokko "Fragrant Jewel" Yamahai Muroka Genshu.  Muroka Nama Genshu means that there is no charcoal filtration, unpasteurized and undiluted and is made using the traditional  Hot Yamahai method.  It has a ripe fruit-driven nose and a deep- layered complex taste.  Kidoizumi was founded in 1897 and is the only brewery in Japan that uses the Hot Yamahai method.  Traditionally, Yamahai is thought to be suitable only for cold places.  However, Kidoizumi developed a method where large amounts of lactobacillus cultivated on the premises are added to a starter kept at a very high temperature.  The result is a unique mulit-layered taste.  We absolutely loved the "Fragrant Jewel" and thought it was probably the smoothest sake we've tasted.  On another note, we LOVE Kaz- he is definitely a bee charmer.

At Izanami, they are celebrating the 33rd birthday of Ten Thousand Waves' with a happy hour through the end of the month.   Every evening after 9pm, all food and non-alcoholic beverages at Izanami are 33% off the regular menu price. And all day today you can taste the "Fragrant Jewel" 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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