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.
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.
Malcolm & Nadine Leong
The Sake Shop
P.S. Gift Certificates are available for purchase at the shop! They make great Christmas presents!
KIKUSUI SAKE TASTING & SALE
Friday, December 17, 2010
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm