October 15, 2017
When we were in Aizu Wakamatsu, we shot a couple of videos. The first one was our guide on How to Use a Japanese Hot Spring, and today we have our second video, hopefully equally as helpful. Today, we’re going to give you an introduction to Sake, and hopefully get you to a level where you’re comfortable ordering sake for yourself.
Not that this video will be enough for you to feel fully comfortable with sake. You’ll need to drink a lot of if yourself until you find something you’re comfortable with. Hell, even for us, we’ve been drinking wine for a good part of our adult lives, but I still only know a few things about it: don’t buy the cheapest wine, and make sure the year on the bottle isn’t the current year. There is, of course, loads more nuance to wine, and lots of flavour profiles you can experience and in some small degree taste, just as there is for sake. Hopefully we’ll give you a bit of an idea what to look out for when you’re trying sake on your own.
The sake we had today was from the Suehiro in Aizu Wakamatsu. I’m not sure how highly regarded it is in the sake world, the way that I know a DRC wine is very well respected, but I do know this: we brought some bottles of sake back as souvenirs for our neighbours. One of them told me afterwards that it’s the best sake they ever had in their entire lives, and they’re a middle aged Japanese man, so I’m assuming he’s had a lot more than we had. In other words, we’re showing you some of the good stuff today.
If you want to try any of these sakes on your own, here are the bottles we tried today, with some links. The old bottle we tried isn’t for sale, but we have the information of it anyway, just in case you’re curious!
1: 古酒 純米大吟醸 1989
English name: Koshu Junmai Daiginjou
Type: Junmai Daiginjou from 1989!
2: 大吟醸 玄宰 – Daiginjou Gensai
3: 伝承山廃純米 末廣 – Denshou Yamahai Junmai Suehiro
4: ひやおろし純米吟醸原酒 – Hiyaoroshi Junmai Ginjou Genshu
Type: Junmai Ginjou Genshu (unfiltered)
If ordinary sake is considered as an adult, this is Junior High level.
Usually 1 year for maturation, but this is half a year
5: 微発泡酒ぷちぷち – Bihappoushu Puchi Puchi
Put Puchi means sounds of the bubble)
Sakagura Champagne, its carbonated Sake
Yeah! So that’s it for our Aizu Adventures. We had a wonderful time there. If you’d like to visit Aizu-Wakamatsu on your own, you can check out their site, or you can go on a tour to the sake brewery we visited by checking out their site as well.
And lastly, we tried the bubbly sake in our bonus footage, so make sure you check that out below!