Sake: keeping up with the latest
Ajino Machidaya in Nakano, Tokyo.
Let’s face it. Japan is far (I live in the USA). Adding the fact the Japanese Sake is a delicate product which needs refrigeration (temperature control) for storage, there are logistical limitations which makes thing a lot harder for those who live outside of Japan. This limits the variety of sake you can get hold of with ‘reasonable’ effort.
If you are the kind of person who after finding a personal favorite, secured a supplier, would be content with ordering a case of that brand of sake every now and then, then I think you’d be fine. You’ve taken your journey, you found a place you can lay your hat on. If that is the case, I have succeeded in my mission; I have found a new sake fan! That’s a good thing. A very good thing.
What I miss about being in Japan is the seasonality of drinking sake. Here I am going to borrow John Gauntner’s words in his blog ‘Sake World’: ‘Like almost anything consumable in Japan, sake has its seasons. Examples include warm sake in the winter, nama (unpasteurized) sake in the spring, slightly toned down chilled ginjo in the summer’ (from September 21, 2015 issue). Add to this the seasonal (Fall) offering of a Hiya Oroshi (bottled unpasteurized and pasteurized when shipped in autumn) you have something to look forward to all year long!!
Besides getting the newsletters from your favorite sake brewers and stores about the seasonal offering and the ‘season only’ special brews of your favorite brands, stores such as Ajino Machidaya are sake evangelists who watch over the sake industry and look out for up and rising stars ‘Touji (Master Brewer)’, make discoveries on your behalf which otherwise would have gone unnoticed.
Ajino Machidaya website：http://www.ajinomachidaya.jp/about.html
True Sake website：https://www.truesake.com/
Sake World Blog: http://sake-world.com/blog/
Please do check out these websites/blogs to explore what is out there. Enjoy!