We had a LivingSocial coupon to use by the end of January for a saké tasting at Saké One in Forest Grove, OR. I’ve never had saké before, so I was looking forward to trying something new. Our tasting included a flight of different sakés all with different characteristics.
I learned that saké is brewed from a mixture of rice, water, koji, and yeast. It’s not a beer; it’s not a wine; it’s an entity unto itself.
Our tasting came with a food pairing. It was very interesting to see how the taste of the saké changed when it was paired with food – much like wine does. We tasted it with smoked fish, some spicy food, savory food, and some sweets. It seemed to adapt well to all of them, which is the message they were trying to convey.
Did you know there are only a limited number of sakeries in the United States? There are five or so in California and one in Oregon. It just so happens that the Oregon one is right in the same vicinity as our wonderful wine region, so you can visit and taste our awesome pinots and some saké.
As much as I wanted to like the saké, I just couldn’t relate to it. I know wine. I know how to describe how it tastes, how it feels. I like beer. I can’t drink it like I used to because of the darn gluten component, but I like a good beer. The saké left me wanting for something. I found it to be a bit edgy and thin. It was more like what I’d expect at a vodka tasting. I know some people really like it, but it’s just not for me. If you’re one of those people who do like saké, then I have something you may want.
I have two copies of saké pure + simple by Griffith Frost and John Gauntner. This is a guide book to everything saké. It includes information on the history of saké, how it’s made, how to select a saké, what to avoid, how to develop your palate (maybe that’s what I need), and much more. I’d like to give those books to any of my readers (US only, please) who leaves a comment stating that you’d like to have it. If more than two people chime in, I’ll pick the winners randomly.
Note: This review was done completely on my own. We purchased the Living Social coupon and received the books I’m giving away as part of that tasting.