10 Feb 2014
Sipping with the Sake Master#14 Valentine's gifts suggestion
In Japan, Valentine's Day is typically observed by girls and women presenting chocolate gifts (either store-bought or hand-made), usually to boys or men, as an expression of love, courtesy, or social obligation. Hand-made chocolate is usually preferred by the recipient because of the perception of sincerity, effort, and emotion put into a home-made confection.
This does sound a little one sided, but don't worry men are not let off the hook! Their day is to come in the form of White Day held a month later on March 14. White Day sees the men returning the gesture of gift giving and the custom usually dictates that a man's reciprocation should follow sanbai gaeshi ( which literally means,"triple the return", a gift that represents at least three times the effort or cost.
So the ladies don't do too badly out of it... At Sake Online, we keep it easy, we've put together a beautiful selection of sake for you and your partner to share – no triple payback expected!
Do something unique and special and give the gift of sake this Valentine's Day - or sake AND chocolate! (Actually, sake and chocolate is a surprisingly good match, but that's a discussion for another time!
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Gifts for her
|Eikun You's Time LightThis yuzu infused sake has a refreshing light citrus flavour with a well-balanced sweetness that is not overpowering. Enjoy on ice, watching the sun set on a summer’s day.|
|Kizakura Tokusen Hana KizakuraHana Kizakura is a clean, light and semi sweet Junmai Ginjo sake with a beautiful up front floral fragrance from Kizakura's original Hana Kobo (flower yeast). Enjoy chilled or over ice as a perfect aperitif.|
|Seikyo Ginjo Syare Bottle with a CupHiroshima`s well established premium sake brewer Nakano Shuzo`s specializes in fruity and aromatic, dry finishing sake. This typical Hiroshima/Seikyo style ginjo comes in a beautifully crafted clear blue glass bottle with a single sake cup attached. This is a perfect romantic gift idea for you and your loved one to share.|
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Gifts for him
Hamada Shuzo's Shochu Beginner's Set
Shochu is the soul of southern Japan, in particular the southern island of Kyushu where historically it was too warm to brew sake so the distilled beverage shochu reigns supreme. It's subtle richness makes it a perfect replacement for vodka. Way more flavorsome and versatile, enjoy it neat, on ice, with ice and water or as a mixer with juice, it will quickly become a favorite.
"Kaido Imo Shochu" is a traditional Japanese sweet potato spirit. Made from Kagoshima prefecture's high quality sweet potato & deep artesian water. It has a smooth, clean and slightly sweet flavour.
"Kakushigura Mugi Shochu" is a traditional Japanese spirit made from barley. Aged in oak barrels for 3 years, Kakushigura has a beautiful fragrance reminiscent of the richness of whisky.
Takatenjin Soul of the Sensei Junmai Daiginjo 720ml
Brewed in small batches with Yamada Nishiki rice grown in the brewer's own fields. Soul of the Sensei (sensei means "teacher") is brewed in memory of former master brewer (or "toji") Shokichi Hase. Mr. Hase worked tirelessly at Doi Brewery for over 40 years. He was one of four famous toji known as the "Four Guardians of Heaven" of the prestigious Noto Toji Guild. Doi Brewery continues its former sensei's traditions with this clean, dry, and rich brew is one of Japan's most highly regarded sake. Aromas of clean honeydew rind, grainy rice with a touch of earth. The impact on the palate is soft and rich but not cloying. A gentle sweetness envelops the tongue while the clean, high-strung acidity does the work. It has loads of body but is able to maintain tightness and structure. While spicy honeydew and dry anise dominate up front, the finish is dry with good spicy white pepper and jasmine notes.
Premium Junmai Sake Set
The perfect introduction set to premium Junmai sake. These handy 300ml bottles are perfect to share for two and give a great example of the diversity of sake flavours.Kotsuzumi Junmai Ginjo Hana Fubuki 300ml – clean and fruity
Eikun Junmai Ginjo Koto Sen Nen 300ml – full bodied
Asabiraki Junmai Okarakuchi Suijin 300ml – dry and rich