Rihaku junmaishuI had the pleasure of getting another chance to try the excellent Yakitori Totto on W. 55th Street. If you have not gone yet, give it a try. trust me. Scott and I were out with friends recently and we quickly powered through a carafe of Wakatake and thought it was time to move on to a bottle. In our price range, the only one they had in stock was something unfamiliar to me. It was a excellent Tokubetsu Junmai sake from Rihaku Brewery. “Tokubetsu” means ‘special sake’. I guess they are allowed to say that when there was some special brewing method.

The taste was full and round and it had a little bitty sweetness to the flavor which was nice. it went very well with the yakatori. We had grilled and/or fried everything. fish cakes, chicken meatballs, pork, asparagus – and Rihaku was a great complement. This sake bottle was a great blue color that almost glows. or maybe I was glowing from too many sips. In any case, it’s a great sake! so try it when you would like something with a pinch of sweet to cut some meaty fare.

Here is are the stats on Rihaku Tokubetsu Junmaishu
Rice Gohyakumangoku
Polished to 59%
ALC 15.5%
SMV +3
Acidity 1.6

4 replies
  1. Timothy
    Timothy says:

    Thank you Yvonne… but be careful! I may call on your for translations in the future!


  2. Timothy
    Timothy says:

    Sunil – you have to find out the name of that sake you got in Brooklyn Heights! i”m always on the lookout for something new… let me know!

  3. Yvonne
    Yvonne says:

    Hi Tim,

    The lable on the bottle says “Special Pure Rice Wine.”

    and I’m getting hungry by reading your entry. Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  4. Sunil
    Sunil says:

    Dear Tim Sullivan — inspired by your blog, I tried a sake from my local Brooklyn Heights liquor store this weekend. It tasted like — well, like sake. Unfortunately my palate is not sufficiently refined, so I can’t wax eloquent about specific undertastes and subtle notes of flavor. After I had one glass, I tried to pour another, but nothing would come out. I kept trying because I couldn’t have finished the whole bottle at once! Then I realized that I had put the top back on the bottle. I said to myself, I wonder if this happens to Tim too.

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