January 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM

33 Sakes in 33 Days: #6 Evoluzione Junmai

Honey's Sake Symposium from Ten Thousand Waves

By Honey Harris

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Our Sake Symposium from Ten Thousand Waves enters week two and our sixth sake we tasted is the Evoluzione Junmai. This is a new line of sake called the Evoluzione series. Now, "evoluzione" is an Italian word which means "evolution" or "growth" and the reason it is on a Japanese sake label is because Banzai Beverage Group, who imports this sake, held a contest to name their new brand and the winner was an Italian. They produce at least four different types:  Junmai, Junmai Ginjo, Junmai Daiginjo and Junmai Nigori. Banzai created the Evoluzione series with a goal of bringing consumers great quality sake from Japan at a very affordable price, but also to not overwhelm or intimidate anyone with their product. They use blue bottles with labels in English to resemble wine bottles. You know how those bottles with Japanese labels can intimidate some folks! We sampled three of the Evoluzione series and we started with the Junmai which tasted a little stronger to me, in the sense that it had that "manly" quality. If you recall from last week in our Sake Symposium, the Junmai is the least refined and has more of the grain in its taste. I enjoyed this sake and thought it paired really well with Chef Kim Muller's fried chicken and crispy brussel sprouts. We tasted this sake chilled but it can also be served gently warmed.

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