Immersing yourself in the world of sake is an exciting experience that can quickly turn into a life-long pursuit of knowledge. Just when you think you’ve mastered something, there’s a new kind of nihonshu to try or a different kind of rice to discover. Falling down the sake rabbit hole is rewarding, but it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the terminology.
To help, Yamato Magazine has created a handy glossary of useful sake terms to remember.
Continue reading “Sake Glossary: A Guide For Beginners”
Within the sake industry, there’s an ongoing debate between the merits of junmai and non-junmai sake. Junmai sake contains no added alcohol, while non-junmai contains a small batch of brewer’s alcohol.
Depending on preferences, some might argue that junmai daiginjo is the holy grail of sake because of its connotations of being premium and pure. Curious to find out about whether junmai daiginjo is a drink worth dying for, I recently tasted Ninki-Ichi Gold junmai daiginjo. Continue reading “Ninki-Ichi Gold Junmai Daiginjo Review: A Clash Of Sweet And Savoury”
forget the day I walked into a Japanese restaurant
And saw people
fighting over a bottle of nihonshu
It was carnage
women tossed cutlery at each other
bloods tussled around on the floor
biting and squirming to get a taste
One diner even
used her pearl necklace as a garotte
she’d stepped over the competition
to lift the bottle until the veins popped in her head
think she read the label)
such a thing as sake in the stone?
But it didn’t
stop other contenders from trying
crawled through the war zone
prove their worthiness
bottle refused to budge
In the wake
of such overwhelming chaos
Where was I?
I was enjoying
a sip of cold futsushu
Some drinks don’t have to be premium
Some drinks are worthy enough