Yoshinogawa Golden Gourd Daiginjo

by Raul Faria Yoshinogawa Golden Gourd Daiginjo is one of my favorite selections from the Toji club at Sake One. It is sent out to Toji club members and is available on their website around the holidays and I look forward to it every year. We’ve covered the Yoshinogawa Shuzou’s sake before at mixologymadesimple.com, like the Yoshinogawa Winter Warrior, […]

The Nanban Cocktail

by Raul Faria The Nanban Cocktail was my entry in the Bols Around the World 2013 cocktail competition. We were challenged to create an iconic cocktail. So I chose to represent an iconic moment in history. My inspiration was the Nanban Trade which was the first European contact with Japanese by Portuguese sailors in 1543 soon […]

Enter the Sake Dojo

by Raul Faria If you’re familiar with this site then you’ve probably figured out that I’m a bit of a sake nerd. Well get ready to meet the Stephen Hawking of sake, John Gauntner AKA “The Sake Guy”. John has published five books about sake including the definitive “the Sake Handbook”,  he has also written regular […]

g fifty

by Raul Faria “g fifty” Sake by Sake One is a Junmai Daiginjo Genshu Sake, by technical definition. However Toji Greg Lorenz and Sake One president Steve Vuylsteke chose to forgo that lucrative premium designation in respect for the Daiginjo Sake they observed being produced in Japan. This is actually fairly common in Japan as well, […]

Kasumi Tsuru Kimoto Extra Dry

by Raul Faria Kimoto Sake, is one of the oldest types of sake around. This style is known for its wild, kinda gamey and in some cases intense earthy flavor. Kimoto style Sake involves wild airborne bacteria and yeasts to propagate on the Moto (the initial batch of rice that has had Koji introduced and also […]

Suika Caipirinha aka “Caipifaria”

by Raul Faria The Suika Caipirinha is my contribution to the Leblon Cachaca Pre Gala Bash that took place on May 17th and was held during the Manhattan Cocktail Classic in New York City. It’s a fun take on the cocktail classic (and official cocktail of Brazil) the Caipirinha. Utilizing lemons instead of lime and […]

Seven Samurai Sunrise

by Raul Faria This cocktail was my entry for the very, very fun Cointreau Ambassador of Libations competition where we were tasked with coming up with two cocktails, one being inspired by a silver screen Cannes film classic and the second being inspired by St Tropez. This week we are gonna make my movie cocktail […]

Momokawa “Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America” Junmai Ginjo Genshu

By Raul Faria Momokawa “Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America” Junmai Ginjo Genshu Sake is really a special brew. Its only available at the Sake One tasting room and on their website http://sakeone.com. It is also a Genshu Sake which means it is undiluted Sake. It is also Junmai meaning no brewers alcohol that in non Junmai Sake is […]

Yoshinogawa Junmai Ginjo “Winter Warrior”

By Raul Faria Yoshinogawa Winter Warrior Junmai Ginjo- I found clean fruit on the nose, smooth mouth feel, lots of banana and melon with a slight astringent finish. Available through the Sake one Toji club and also by the bottle at http://sakeone.com/yoshinogawa. by

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