33 Sakes in 33 Days: #24 Yuki Masumune Beautiful Lily

Honey's Sake Symposium from Ten Thousand Waves

February 6, 2014 • Honey Harris
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We are having a blast learning about sake and of course, tasting sake to help celebrate Ten Thousand Waves' 33rd birthday.  Today we are talking about the Yuri Masamune, which is a honjozo.  Produced in Akita by the Saiya Brewery, makers of Yuki No Bosha, this is a favorite among locals of the region. Yuri is the name of the local area of Honjo-shi and Masamune is an old term for Japanese sake.  This sake is mellow and rustic and has a firm structure, which makes it enjoyable at a range of temperatures, from chilled to warm, but I think I would only want any sake I drink to be chilled and not warm.  The Yuri Masamune is a honjozo, which means that a very small amount of pure distilled alcohol is added to the brew during the final stage of fermentation.  As a result, this yields a lighter, more fragrant sake.  We thought is was very nice and easy to drink.  Linda said that it is like a sake table wine.  Not only does it have a pretty bottle but it is also very affordable. 

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 Yuri Masamune 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.