The Japanese Cowboy in Knightsbridge – Chisou Sake Club:
July’s Sake Club at Chisou was the second event I’ve been to there but the first which involved drinking Sake. That’s because the last time I went it was to sample Nyetimber sparkling wines paired with Japanese food, an excellent evening showcasing both food and wine.
I have to admit to feeling a little overwhelmed by the complexity of Sake – there’s a lot more than the warm rice wine in pottery flasks that you might have tried at Yo Sushi. While I’ve been to a Sake event at Hyper Japan, tasting some thirty different Sakes ranging from a sparkling drink not far from an alcoholic lemonade through to complex aged sakes with all the finesse of a fine whisky, I left more confused that I started! And, I missed the last event at the Chisou Sake Club and sent The-Hedonist to report back. He wrote a fairly comprehensive guide to Sake from what he learnt at that event and I was a little jealous and keen to try for myself.
The invitation to try a Wagyu burger might just have got me to Chisou without the offer of Sake tasting too, but add in the opportunity to try two new sakes and I was sold. Cowboy is a yamahai junmai ginjo. That means (if google is to be trusted) that is it made without any added alchohol and with rice that has been “polished” to remove at least 40% from the outside of the grain. With deep earthy flavours it was a perfect pairing for the Wagyu burger.
The second sake on offer was also from the Shiokawa brewery,the much lighter slightly sweet and fruitier Fisherman Sake, which the brewery claim would have you believe you are drinking a top level white wine. I’m not convinced that is the case, but nor would I want it to be as the slightly higher alcohol content gave it the taste of a fine spirit for me.
The next Sake Club event, The Billionnaires’ sushi club is on September 23rd and you’ll get a chance to try the Fisherman Sake for yourself, along with another Sake for comparison and paired this time with lobster maki – the Billionaire’s sushi roll. Tickets are £25 including sake, the lobster make, tasting notes and an informal introduction to the food and drink. It’s a fun event with shared tables and an informal atmosphere. If you want to go along you can book via the online Chisou booking form. And, if this sort of thing is of interest, it’s well worth joining the Chisou mailing list for more about their events which have included all kind of links with Japanese culture.
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