Otokoyama served up all purdyI am coming to love japanese websites translated into english! I am starting a japanese class in march, so I’m sure it won’t be so funny when I need to translate Japanese into english myself. Be that as it may, when I was researching this sake called Otokoyama that I sampled last night, their website referred to sake as an “International Habitual Drink” he he. You can say that again! I may rename my blog Urban-International-Habitual-Drink.com. I think it will catch on.

However sketchy their webmaster’s translation skills, Otokayama came as a startling suprise. This was was one of my signature Sake “stab in the dark” selections off a Sake menu — luckily this time I was rewarded. My Friend Scott B and I went to this cute noodle house on W. 55th called Menchanko-tei. The serving of Otokoyama in question was about 6 oz for $8.50. The presentation was great – a very handsome red laquer bowl with a spout and a small blue sake cup. Presentation, I’m coming to understand, is one of the factors that makes drinking sake such a pleasure when out on the town.

Otokoyama hand model
The Sake menu at Menchanko-tei was a little sparse on the details… I think this is the Otokoyama Junmai Export sake you see on their website here. In any case, it was a smooth and very drinkable sake, quite a treat and very good with the japanese dishes we had such as shumai and ramen. For me, the price was right and the sake a real standout, if it is indeed a junmai. I’ll have to go back – I didn’t think to ask. next time, next time.

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  1. […] Man’s Mountain. HOOWA! Posted by Timothy | Contact Me Ok, I have to admit, the english name of Otokoyama’s Tokubetsu junmai reeled me in. MAN’s MOUNTAIN! I just had to give it a try. This could be the very same Otokoyama I had at Menchanko-tei. So, having scaled the heights of man’s mountain and returned with an empty bottle, I can safely say this Junmai is solid. the stats are SMV +10; Acidity 1.6; ALC 15.5%. You can really taste that this is a strong, very DRY Junmai with a hint of fruity-something melon-something. It stands up for itself. I think if the Man Show picked a sake, this would be it. I enjoyed it. It is a good sake to have around for those informal times when something good and strong fits the bill. I’m thinkin’ pizza or chinese take out. I will climb this Mountain again!    |  […]

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