June 27th, 2024

The other thing I've been curious about

A blue sake bottle of Yoshi-No

Al and I went to a sushi restaurant a few weeks ago, and they were offering sake flights. Since they included a little bit of descriptive information it piqued my curiosity, so we got a flight.

I don't have any real palate for wine, so I don't know what I was expecting. I guess I wasn't expecting anything. But I suppose this was the first time in my life I've ever bought a flight of anything that included a description of what to look for in each one.

The amount of variation surprised me a little. The first two were hard to distinguish from each other, but the third one was markedly different, and the fourth one was the first one to evoke an immediate "Oh wow, this is good!" reaction, and it was very different from the others, as well.  It made me think of the first time I had a sip of Woodford Reserve and suddenly got what the fuss was all about. 

So I've been doing a little reading online, and I ordered a book to learn more.  There's a slow-moving subreddit where I was able to find a list of sakes similar to the Yuki No Bosha I enjoyed so much. And there's a local sake distributor who'll sell me a bottle of it (in the same building as Olympia Provisions, so there's a "two birds, one stone" situation). 

It's fun to swing through the sake section at the grocery store, or look at the small selection at Bread and Roses on Foster when we're down there. I love the variety of bottle styles, from the elegant ones to the whole "sake in a jar with a pull-tab" thing.

Monochrome. A bottle of Rihaku sake