Sake “N” is the collaboration of Hidetoshi Nakata & Takagi Shuzo in Yamagata Prefecture. Quite impressed by the chic blackish-blue coloured bottle & package design, particularly in love with the matte finish and dimple (yes, on the bottle!), which project an image of classy elegance & decent playfulness. Not a particularly aromatic one while the sake was first poured due to low storage temperature, but it started to open up bit by bit over time in room temperature. On palate it’s delicate yet finely structured, soft but complex, mouth filled with beautiful melon & white peach flavours, with an aftertaste full of white flowers & fountain-watered pebbles. A sake with precise depth that needs time and attention.
I always love pairing food with Gin & tonic, not just because of I’m a big fan of gin but I believe exploration is the key to fun gastronomy. Last night I had a very enjoyable Gin & tonic pairing dinner at Kishoku. They showed us how different infused herbs and spices in the gin drink can wonderfully pair various dishes in the omakase menu, the fragrance, flavours, low serving temperature & alcohol of gin spiced up the umami taste of many of these courses. What a savoury evening!
All the gins we had are from the brand Beefeater, and infused with carefully selected ingredients. The ones with cucumber & basil leave were particularly outstanding, the former was distinctively refreshing whereas the latter was fragrant. Both of the above were appetizing and pleasing.