Sake Social: Hot and cold

Sake social: Hot and cold

 

WHEN: Thursday 12 December 2019, 19:00 – around 21:00

WHERE: MAME 2, Holbeinstrasse 8008 Zurich, Switzerland (Seefeld area, short walk from Stadelhofen station or stops Opernhaus/Kreuzstrasse on tram lines 2 and 4.)

PRICE: CHF 50.00

LANGUAGE: English

Some people have only ever had sake heated, others will tell you never to heat it, or that any heated sake is poor quality. What’s really going on?

This is a good example of how the complexity of sake makes it difficult to have any hard rules, but if you’re willing to gather some more information then you’ll be able to tell which sake are suited to heating, or not.

Using three sake with mid-to-low milling ratios, and rarer traditional yeast starters, we’ll taste our way through some great candidates for heating and figure out why they work at higher temperatures – and which sake won’t.

The tasting will feature:

* Miyake Shinriki kimoto muroka genshu, from the Senpuku brewery in Hiroshima Prefecture, made with the old kimoto starter method and Shinriki rice polished to just 85%. The sake is also undiluted from its original strength and not charcoal filtered.

* Seikyō junmai ginjō from the Nakao brewery, also in Hiroshima Prefecture. It’s made with Omachi rice milled to a relatively high 55% (ginjō must be milled to at least 60%) but is also suited to heating. 

Denshō Yamahai Junmai from the Suehiro Brewery in Aizu, Fukushima Prefecture. Yamahai is another old starter method, related to but different from kimoto

This gives us a nice range of milling ratios and yeast starters to learn about!

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Notes

* Participants (including guests) must be at least 18 years old.
* Eat before the event. There will be nibbles, but from experience it’s best not to taste alcohol on an empty stomach.
* The minimum number of participants is four. If there are less than four people, the session will be postponed.
* The CHF 50.00 fee can be paid in advance online by card or with TWINT. Please use the red buttons at the top and bottom of the page. If you pay by TWINT, please email me to let me know which session you’ve booked for.
* Reservation and advance payment is essential as I need to prepare enough sake and other supplies for everyone.
* Cancellations can only be accepted up to 24 hours before the session as this allows your place to be released for someone else. Otherwise you will be liable for the fee as I will not be able to fill the place.
* If you can’t make it at short notice, you can give your place to a friend – just contact me!
* Refunds are not given for no-shows.

I’m always happy to answer questions, if you have any please email me at contact@discover-sake.com!