It’s finally december – ’tis the season to be jolly so they say! In this month’s column I would like to introduce the very special “Tentaka organic junmai” from otawara city in Tochigi prefecture. well, what is organic sake then? You may have seen sake made with organic rice but there are further conditions for a brew to be fully classified as “organic sake”. Firstly, the fields that grow the rice have to have been pesticide free for at least two years before planting any crops. Secondly, the locations, equipment and methods used at all stages of the brewing process are strictly regulated, from harvesting the rice through the brewing itself to shipping the finished product. Tentaka junmai is made from organic “Gohyaku-man-goku” sake rice and underground water from mount nasu. It has an extremely natural and gentle taste, characteristic of sake made from such rice. Serve chilled or warm to suit your mood and make sure to get a bottle at the Japan Centre before it sells out! Merry Christmas and Happy new Year to all!
SSI sake sommelier Naoyuki has been in charge of ordering, selling sake and shochu at the japan Centre since 2006.
Illustration: Akiko Ishibashi