33 Sakes in 33 Days: #32 Akishika Okarakuchi “Super Dry” Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu

Honey's Sake Symposium from Ten Thousand Waves

February 18, 2014 • Honey Harris
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Wow, we're talking about our next to the last sake in our "33 Sakes in 33 Days" to help celebrate Ten Thousand Waves' 33rd birthday and this has simply flown by!  Today we are talking about the "Akishika Super Dry" sake which is produced by the Akishika Brewery, located in the mountains between Kyoto and Osaka, a rich land of terraced rice paddies and dense bamboo forests.  All of the rice used at Akishika Brewery is locally grown, contracted to local farmers committed to sustainable farming practices.  The 12th generation brewery owner of Akishika is also proud to have pioneered new methods of seasonal composting and flooding of the fields that enable him to grow all his rice naturally, without additives or chemical pest control.  Founded in 1886, Akishika has acquired a reputation among connoisseurs as a producer of top-quality sake with a robust and unique character.  Because they are dedicated to not using any charcoal filtration, the full flavors of their carefully grown rice are able to shine.  Most of the sake produced is consumed locally and quickly, so we are lucky to be able to taste this delicious sake here in Santa Fe.  We thought that name aptly described the taste of the sake, "Super Dry".  Kaz mentioned that the Nama genshu process resulted in a full-bodied, very dry sake with pronounced acidity and sweet fruit tones.  In spite of its high alcohol content, 18%, this sake did not have a strong alcohol aftertaste and will continue to show greater depth as it ages.  This sake improves and mellows with age, even after opening.

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 "Akishika Super Dry" 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 this Friday to win the big Grand Prize- an overnight stay for two at Ten Thousand Waves, a premium hot tub for two, complete therapeutic massages for two and a fantastic dinner for two at Izanami.  We'll announce the winner next Monday morning on The Big Show.

Enter the contest here.