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Hearty sake for the cold Akita Winters
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LaMonte Heflick – March 10, 2015:
A “working man’s staple” is how I describe the taste of Dewatsuru junmai kimoto. I was a salary man サラリマン in Japan for 2 years (from 1987-89). After becoming acclimated to the Way of Doing Business in Japan, life settled into a daily routine. In the mountainous prefecture of Akita in northern Japan life can be quite difficult especially in the winter. My wife’s family was from that area. I can picture a group of blue collar workers in a local izakaya or onsen sipping Dewatsuru junmai kimoto and sharing stories with one another.
This sake has a hardy, but mellow taste. It can be consumed daily to pass the time and to commune with friends. Not fruity. This is no wimpy brew. But it satisfies the soul. As Beau Timken says, “Of importance when drinking sake is TPO -Time, Place, and Occasion. Kanpai, my friends.
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