Junmai Sake : Junmai Sake Brands

Junmai Sake : Junmai Sake Brands


I’m Beau Timken, Master Sake Somoa, and in
this segment on Junmai sake what I would like to speak to you about is restaurants. Hey
you hear about sake but when you go out and drink it what should you look for? Now I would
like to say that in terms of pairing with foods think of Junmai as kind of your bigger
flavor, your grilled foods, your center of the plate, better pairing partner. Think of
Digingo as the more expensive brew on the menu, as your sipping sake to start the meal
and think of Gingo as very clean flavors that can go with maybe your appetizers but if you
are hitting the bigger flavors you definitely want to go with Junmai. Now I can name about
1,000 different grade of Junmai but in terms of availability across the US and elsewhere
I want to pick four different brews that would speak to people if they want to learn kind
of the dexterities and the generalizations of the category of Junmai sake. Definitely
one that people would definitely enjoy is a guy called Siga and this is the famous “drunken
whale sake” if you will. So this is from Kochi prefecture where they do a lot of drinking
so this guy has a good kind of light dry Junmai and if you ever see the drunken whale on the
menu this would show kind of the dexterities of kind of a lighter drier Junmai. On that
front a lot of people know the name Otokoyoma which is from Hoikito prefecture. This guy
is one of the kings. The number one imported sake, number one imported Junmai sake in the
United States. Otokoyoma is the famous man’s mountain so if you ever see Otokoyoma on the
label by all means try this brew, dry, grainy, really good dexterity and great balance. Now
from Miyagi prefecture you get a good group called Oragosumi. This brew is one of the
stalwarts in the industry. These guys have made a very famous yeast that is nationally
recognized and for me it just embodies true Junmai qualities, the kind of full bodied
flavor. Great brew, great brewery and again goes very well with seafood, being from the
Miyagi prefecture, good full bodied and then from Nagano prefecture you might see on the
menu the famous Matsumi. Their Junmai is also really nice, a little bit lighter, it doesn’t
have that big full bodied flavor, very clean and extremely well balanced so if you see
any of these brews on the menu by all means give them a try but as a rule of thumb when
you are in a restaurant if you want to think of a brew that you are going to drink with
your meal think of Junmai.

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