How was it last month? It’s almost July and it will officially start becoming hot. This is a time in Japan where the rainy season “tsuyu” ends, and it instead starts becoming rapidly hotter. We usually think of beer when it’s hot, but why not use this opportunity to try Japanese sake? We will go ahead and introduce sake and snacks this month as well!
Saketalk will start selling Japanese sake on a monthly basis this year. We will hand select 3 to 4 types of Japanese sake, snacks, and sake vessels every month, so you can purchase any and as many favorite combinations as you like! Until now, we had been selling sake vessels and introducing sake and vessels separately, but our challenge this year is to try doing it together! We’d like to introduce sake that matches the season such as new sake for winter, summer sake for summer, hiyaoroshi for autumn,etc., and different types of sake from the same brewery such as rice ginjyo and honjozo.
- Sake vessels
Tsukasabotan Shuzo Kinou Tsukasabotan
First up is this sake.Made using sake brewer rice Koji and Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Prefecture), as well as Gohyakumangoku (Shimane Prefecture). A bright scent and aftertaste with a refreshing aroma. This flavor which you won’t get tired of is the representative sake of Tosa’s pale dry. It’s the Kinou Tsukasabotan from the Tsukasabotan brewery. According to “Okimisan and Tsukasabotan” by Tomiko Miyao, the author of “Zo” – “This is not just a tsukasanobotan. It is a golden phoenix’s tsukasanobotan!” It is said to be a sake of “comfort” that has been enjoyed from generation to generation. It is very easy to drink but also has a unique characteristic as it is a local sake, and has a perfect balance of flavors that make it recommendable for even women that aren’t good with sake.
Suigei Special Junmai sake Bottle
There is a whale printed on the label, just as the name would suggest. In order to bring out the goodness of the material, the milling ratio was brought up to 55%. The raw material rice has different characteristics depending on the area of production and product variety. We carefully identify these characteristics and performed preparation and mash management. A strong malt is used and the sake is made at a low temperature with Kumamoto Yeast and the headwater of Kagami River. After squeezing, it is stored in a low temperature tank and bottled in time according to the shipping volume. Therefore the level and quality of the flavor is top-notch.
Tamamijiman Junmai unfiltered
A junmai sake that has brought out the umami and sweetness of the rice. This brand was named with the hopes that it would “represent the heart of Tama, be a source of pride for Tama, and fulfill the hearts of many”. In Tokyo the word “jizake” has a connotation of being a local sake of the countryside. However, although it does not receive much recognition, Tokyo’s sake is also very good.
If you drink it cold then you won’t notice the sourness much, which could reduce its appeal in half. Any drinking it too hot will cause some of the flavor to disappear. Therefore the best temperature range is room temperature to lukewarm. It is not an exaggeration to say that this could be the representative sake of Tokyo that could be found for under 2,000 yen.
Oyatsu Company Babystar ramen chicken mini 23g × 30 bags
A ramen-shaped snack that can be eaten as it is, and the noodles have been made thicker and richer in taste, improving the experience and satisfaction. By increasing the amount of vegetable extract, such as of onions and ginger, the flavor and taste have been enhanced. It is the perfect eating size for adults who are a bit hungry, and for snacks for smaller children.
Ohgiyashokuhin Cheese snack Camembert 48 sticks × 2 boxes
A cheese snack of Ohgiyashokuhin that is packaged per stick.
It is a cooked product made of processed cheese and minced cod meat.
It is perfect not only as snacks for children, but has also long been enjoyed as snacks for adults as well.
Because it is individually packaged, you can enjoy without getting your hands dirty.
Calbee sapporo potato crushed vegetable mini 4 36g (9g × 4 bags) × 10 bags
A snack made with the enhanced yumminess of potatoes and vegetables. The sole potato used is the baron potato which is popular with children. 100% made with seven kinds of vegetables and Irish cobbler potato, with a clear taste. A snack where you can “see the crushed vegetables”. The snack is divided into bags, and can be carried anywhere as it is not bulky. It is a snack that allows you to easily enjoyed the taste of veggies.
Arita Ware Sakazuki Set Gold & Silver
This is a silver and golden ochoko made Arita-yaki style, which is beloved in Saga Prefecture. Arita-yaki has existed for 400 years. While inheriting the tradition, products are being born one after another by combining advanced designs and this is one of them. The box is engraved with the character “盃” (sakazuki). In Japan, there is a scene in which people cross sakazukis (sake cups) with each other when they sign a contract. If you are going to promise something while drinking sake, why not try using this vessel?
Glass sake cup bamboo
This is a bamboo-themed and transparent sake vessel which gives off a refreshing, cool feeling. Bamboos are beautiful, and there are bamboo roads in Kyoto. The only way to describe the view is “spectacular”. There are varieties of bamboo that bloom once every 67-120 years. In Japan, bamboos are counted as one of “shochikubai”, which means pine, bamboo, and pine, and these are considered as three celebratory things. When you want to have good luck, definitely try out this vessel.
Cold Sake Set Gold Foil
It is a vessel made by hand out of Toyo Sasaki glass. I think you can see that
there is a big hole. This is the hole to put ice through. If you put ice
directly into sake the taste of sake will be thinned out, and this hole avoids
this when cooling sake. The mouth of the vessel is also thin so the texture and
sensation of sipping on sake will be enhanced.
How was it! We think that our selection for this month suits both those of you who would like to begin trying Japanese sake from this year, and those of you who want to try different Japanese sake every month. Please do choose your favorite combination!
So, what do you think of this month’s special? We hope that those of you who want to try Japanese sake from this year, as well as those of you who want to experience different Japanese sake every month found it interesting. Please do pick the combination you like and try Japanese sake!