33 Sakes in 33 Days: #22 Yuki No Bosha Nigori Junmai Ginjo

Honey's Sake Symposium from Ten Thousand Waves

February 4, 2014 • Honey Harris
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Today we are featuring sake #22, Yuki No Bosha Nigori Junmai Ginjo, as we celebrate Ten Thousand Waves' 33rd birthday with 33 Sakes in 33 Days.  All week we are featuring the Yuki No Bosha line of sakes from the Saiya Brewery, one of the world's most award-winning sake producers.  The Yuki No Bosha Nigori Junmai Ginjo is not like most nigori, or cloudy sake, which is made from less expensive and lower quality sake. This nigori is a junmai ginjo with its base "brew" being a favorite among many sake drinkers.  Referring back to our sake pyramid, junmai ginjo is in the middle and has no alcohol added because it is already so smooth to taste.   I never thought I would like a nigori but the Yuki No Bosha Nigori Junmai Ginjo is a thin nigori, not too cloudy, and we thought it tasted softer than the ginjo.  This sake is drier than most nigori and has hints of peach and melon.  Even though it's creamy and smooth, it finishes crisp and refreshing.  Linda, Susie and I all agreed that it paired really well with Chef Kim Muller's fantastic kinpira gobo, which is burdock root, carrot and soy sesame dressing- divine!

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 Yuki No Bosha Nigori Junmai Ginjo  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.