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Sake Tasting @Sakeshop: EVERYTHING KIKUSUI!

EVERYTHING KIKUSUI!

Kikusui Junmai Ginjo is a favorite at the shop and a sake that many of you are already familiar with.  Who can resist the clean crisp flavor of this Niigata sake that comes in the cool frosted blue bottle.

What many of you don’t know is that Kikusui makes another great sake called Sakamai Kikusui as well as some cool sake in cans.

Sakamai Kikusui is made from Kikusui rice, a variety that was all but extinct for the last 50 years until it was recently resurrected from the dead! (See story in the right column)

A representative from Kikusui Brewery will be on hand this Friday (12/17) to pour their delicious sake.  Join us at the shop from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm as we taste EVERYTHING KIKUSUI.

Here’s what we’ll be sampling.

Kikusui Junmai Ginjo
Light, smooth, crisp and clean, this “Niigata” style sake uses 100% gohyakumangoku rice.  The cool blue bottle is a bonus!

Sakamai Kikusui Junmai Daiginjo
Using rice thought to be all but extinct, this sake has an elegant and full bodied flavor.  The Kikusui rice used to brew this sake has been milled down to 40%,

Funaguchi Kikusui Ichiban Shibori
An unpastuerized sake or Namazake that was first released in 1972 triggering the start of the “Draft” sake boom.  Pressed using a fune, this nama has a fresh rich flavor with a clean finish.

Jukusei Funaguchi Kikusui Ichiban Shibori
This Funaguchi sake has been purposely cold aged for one year before being released for sale.  Compared in flavor to a rich Chinese Shaoshing Rice Wine, this smooth namazake is one of my favorites.

Kikusui Junmai
Full bodied yet mellow, this sake can be consumed both cold or warm.  Drink it cold for a crisp clean flavor.  Try it warm for a rich full bodied taste.

Kikusui Karakuchi (Honjozo)
Karakuchi means “dry” in Japanese which is exactly what this sake is.  This style of sake is what Niigata is known for, dry, crisp and clean.

Kikusui Yondan Shikomi (Honjozo)
This sake is brewed using the regular three stages of sake fermentation and adds an extra stage (Yondan) of koji rice.  It has a refreshing sweetness and smooth flavor.

So please stop by this Friday for our complimentary Kikusui tasting.  It’s always better to “try before you buy” and Kikusui makes a great Christmas present.

Kanpai,
Malcolm & Nadine Leong
The Sake Shop

P.S.  Gift Certificates are available for purchase at the shop!  They make great Christmas presents!

COMPLIMENTARY
KIKUSUI SAKE TASTING & SALE

Friday, December 17, 2010
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

The Sake Shop
1461 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
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Sake 101: Shichi Hon Yari “The Seven Spearsmen” Junmai Ginjo Tasting Notes

Shichi Hon Yari “The Seven Spearsmen” Junmai Ginjo – Presentation Transcript

SHICHI HON YARI “Seven Spearsman” Junmai

Brewery: Tomita Shuzo Prefecture: Shiga Ricetype: Tamazakae Seimaibuai: 60% Alcohol Content: 15.5% Sake Meter Value: +4.0 Acidity: 1.8 Sake Name English: “Seven Spearsmen”

Tasting Notes This Junmai is crisp and light. After you get past the aroma of mushrooms and grassy tones you can really taste citrus (grapefruits) and melons. Very surprising flavors. This sake has the nose of earth, grass and mushrooms. Light Crisp Mouthfeel Complex but Clean Great Beginners Sake Serve Chilled or Hot

Talking Points Tomita Shuzo is one of the oldest and smallest brewerys of sake in Japan. Founded in the 1540s, only a brewmaster and two assistants produce every bottle. Recommended Dishes This sake is great with flavorful foods.

Sake 101: Taiheizan Tenko “Grand Mountain” Junmai Daiginjo Tasting Notes

Taiheizan Tenko “Grand Mountain” Junmai Daiginjo – Presentation Transcript

  1. TAIHEIZAN TENKO “Grand Mountain” Junmai Dai Ginjo
  2. Brewery: Kodama Prefecture: Akita Ricetype: Yamadanishiki Seimaibuai: 60% Alcohol Content: 16% Sake Meter Value: +3.0 Acidity: 1.7 Sake Name English: Grand Mountain
  3. Tasting Notes This Junmai Dai Ginjo is full bodied in texture but is super smooth. You can tell this was created with the old school brewing method. Very creamy and balanced This sake has the nose of fresh fruit leaning towards star fruit and melons Ricey Smooth Mouthfeel Fruity Special Occasion or Every Day Serve Chilled
  4. Talking Points Taiheizan Tenko “Grand Mountain” is brewed using the Kimoto method which is one of the oldest and original methods of sake brewing. Very delicate and time consuming but creates much higher quality sake. Taiheizan has won over 5,000 gold medals Recommended Dishes This sake is a great pork and grilled meats. Can be served as a stand alone.

Sake 101: Meibo Yowano Tsuki Junmai Ginjo Tasting Notes

Meibo Yowano Tsuki Junmai Ginjo – Presentation Transcript

  1. Meibo Yowano Tsuki Junmai Ginjo
  2. Brewery: Shibata Gomei Prefecture: Aichi Ricetype: Komekouji Seimaibuai: 55% Alcohol Content: 15.8% Sake Meter Value: +4.0 Acidity: 1.4 Sake Name English: Midnight Moon
  3. Tasting Notes This Junmai Ginjo (no alcohol added heavily polished) is light and smooth starting out with a fruity and nutty taste and smooths out with a crisp green apple finish This sake has the nose of white peaches, and apricots (stone fruits). Soft Crisp Mouthfeel Fruit Forward Easy Drinker Serve Chilled
  4. Talking Points Aichi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the southeast of the Tokai region of in the center of Honshū. Aichi is shaped like a crab. Aichi is the home of Nagoya. Recommended Dishes This sake is a great pork and grilled meats. Can be served as a stand alone.

Watch the full Sake 101 Video Review

Sake 101: “Nanbu Ryu” – Meeto World Sake Tasting

In this episode of our new series on Sake. This episode covers Nanbu Ryu – Southern Stream. Thank You @sakeshop. Dont forget to follow us please: Twitter: @MeetoWorld Blog: http://www.meetoworld.com Facebook http://fb.me/meetoworld iTunes: http://bit.ly/sake101

Sake 101: “Ohyama “Nama” – Meeto World Sake Tasting

In this episode of our new series on Sake. This episode covers Ohyama “Nama” – Big Mountain. Thank You @sakeshop. Dont forget to follow us please: Twitter: @MeetoWorld Blog: http://www.meetoworld.com Facebook http://fb.me/meetoworld iTunes: http://bit.ly/sake101

My Japanese Lifestyle Podcast: MeetoWorld.com

Welcome Our Newest Host

As some of you know I do a HD Video version of Meeto World Sake 101 Podcast every with my friends Linzy (@lalalinzy) & Topher (@Topher808). We normally discuss all things Sake 101 and sake related with a good splash of Japanese lessons and pure silliness. Well we’ve slightly upgraded to show a bit… we have two new co-host to add to the madness. Sake Lovers and Rest of the World meet Avy (@aaavious) and Marie (@mariemulan) our newest additions. They will surely bring smiles to your faces as they chime in with their ideas on sake, Japanese food and culture and of course making trouble to me.

We also will be showing you the great input from our Super-Student Colin (@colin800).

Please welcome them, follow them on twitter and check out their personal blogs as well. I am giving you all the links so you can easily find them. I know you will enjoy the twisted musings of our new crew as much as I do.

The MeetoWorld Crew

Doc (Host): http://www.mrdocrock.com
Linzy (Host): http://www.lalalinzy.com
Avy (Co-Host): http://avious.posterous.com/
Marie (Lil Gangster): http://bit.ly/maries
Topher (Producer): http://www.electricpetroglyphs.com
Phillip (Korean Teacher): http://mrphilliphan.com
Colin (Super Student): http://www.colin800.com

You can find us live Every Sunday on Ustream at http://bit.ly/meetoTV and Follow us on Twitter @MeetoWorld

FYI: Meeto World is a Language school currently teaching Japanese, Korean and soon Chinese online! check out our weekly Ustream shows for Japanese and Sake lessons for now! Why Meeto World? Well Meeto is a play on the katakana pronunciation of “meet” or “meet up”. Meeto also is a play on “Mi” for “3″ and “Tomodachi” for “Friends” as in Japanese we often truncate and concatenate words. Lastly the old school way of pronouncing the number “3″ and “10″ would been “Mee Tou” and “Ten Sai”. (Tensai also means “Genius” just to add that special touch).

Meeto World Sake Tasting – Dewazakura Nama Genshu

In this episode of our new series on Sake. This episode covers Dewazakura Nama Genshu – Primal Strength. Thank You @sakeshop. Dont forget to follow us please: Twitter: @MeetoWorld Blog: http://www.meetoworld.com Facebook http://fb.me/meetoworld iTunes: http://bit.ly/sake101

Meeto World Sake Tasting Notes: Yuki No Bosha “Cabin In The Snow” Sake

Yuki No Bosha “Cabin In The Snow” Sake – Presentation Transcript

  1. YUKI NO BOSHA Junmai Ginjo
  2. Brewery: Saiya Shuzouten Prefecture: Akita Ricetype: Akita Sake Komachi Seimaibuai: 50% Alcohol Content: 16% Sake Meter Value: +1.0 Acidity: 1.9 Sake Name English: Cabin in the Snow Technically qualifying as a Junmai Daiginjo
  3. Tasting Notes This Junmai Ginjo is produced in Akita Prefecture in the Tohoku Region of northern Honshu. This sake has the nose of peaches and strawberries and is best served chill. Light Soft Mouthfeel Sweet Fruity
  4. Talking Points The image on the front of this bottle is one of the most meaningful symbols in the sake world. It is a sugidama, a large ball created from cedar needles that sake makers hang in front of their breweries during the brewing season. Akita is famous for rice farming and its sake breweries. It is well-known for having the highest consumption of sake in Japan. Recommended Dishes This sake compliments sashimi and grilled foods. Will balance spicy foods.
  5. Talking Points The image on the front of this bottle is one of the most meaningful symbols in the sake world. It is a sugidama, a large ball created from cedar needles that sake makers hang in front of their breweries during the brewing season. Akita is famous for rice farming and its sake breweries. It is well-known for having the highest consumption of sake in Japan. Recommended Dishes This sake compliments sashimi and grilled foods. Will balance spicy foods.
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Meeto World Sake Tasting Notes: Shoin Junmai Daiginjo “Lovers Brew” Sak

Shoin Junmai Daiginjo “Lovers Brew” Sake – Presentation Transcript

  1. SHOIN Junmai Daiginjo
  2. Brewery: Yamagata Honten Prefecture: Yamagata Ricetype: Gohyakumangoku Seimaibuai: 60% Alcohol Content: 14.5% Sake Meter Value: +3.0 Acidity: 1.6 Sake Name English: “Lovers Brew”
  3. Tasting Notes This Junmai Ginjo is produced in Yamagataken in the northern region of Honshu and may be the cause of it’s fruity like aroma and taste. This sake has the nose of lilacs and apples and is best served chill. Rich Smooth Fruity and Floral Dry and Little Tartness
  4. Talking Points Yamagata(Mountain Shapes) Prefecture (Tohuko Reigon) is most famous for Yamagata Cherries, Apples, Peaches and Grapes. Yamagata has one of the oldest populations in Japan (over 45% over 65). Recommended Dishes This sake compliments Hirame sashimi and simple but flavorful foods.
  5. MeetoWorld.com Sake101 Podcast on iTunes http://meetoworld.blip.tv Twitter: @MeetoWorld YouTube: MeetoWorld Channel Facebook: MeetoWorld