I love wine, but when I visited Japan a few years ago, a bottle of wine was $60.00 and a bottle of sake, was $6.00. So I began to drink sake. I visited Takayama, a village that is known for sake brewing. By the time I left Japan, I had a much deeper appreciation for sake in all it’s forms.
I’ve just been introduced to TY KU sake. (this photo is of one of their holiday gift sets featuring three different bottles of TY KU: TY KU Soju, TY KU Sake and TY KU Premium Liqueur, packaged in a black pebbled leather box $59.99) —there are several others as well. This company is making new sake fans, everywhere, creating user-friendly sake for people who have never tasted sake before, or think it’s just the little bottle of hot liquid you often order to accompany a sushi dinner. If you fit into this category, try TY KU and you’re in for a surprise! Sake is a lovely drink, best served cold (the little bottles of hot sake you get in the sushi restaurants are not always the best representation of good sake).
TY KU Sake is a Super Premium Junmai Ginjo, one of the purest beverages on the planet! It is made from only four all natural ingredients: pristine iron-free water, specialty sake rice milled more than 40%, proprietary yeast and handmade koji (Aspergillus Oryzae mold, an ingredient necessary to brew sake). This sake has no additives or or preservatives. I like sake served the traditional way, cold and as-is. You can also use sake as a mixer in cocktails. But, like any fine wine (sake is a wine too, made from rice), you need to see it and smell it and maybe even swirl it a bit. If you mix it, you will miss the fact that the sake is so smooth and elegant, with a hint of peach and jasmine on the nose. It’s a super-premium sake and when you taste it, you will immediately understand why it’s special. I like it paired with sushi, but also with seafood and lighter meats). And, if you’re into appearance, you will love the bottle: a sexy, slim, tapered, matte-black bottle. The combination of taste and presentation has earned TY KU the honor of being the only sake to ever receive the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award.
Why am I taking the time to write about sake? Because I really love it, and it makes an unusual gift, perfect for that man or women (or boss) who has “everything” or who already appreciates the beauty of sake. There are four different gift sets to spread holiday cheer (the holiday gift-giving season is just about to begin) or just get a bottle for yourself.
For more information visit the TY KU Web Site
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