How can a rice-based beverage smell like citrus fruits? This is the new question confronting me. I love these moments – when a beverage is redefined. The experiences must be sought, and often the attempts lead to disappointment, but the few successes are worth the effort. In this evening’s case, a cold and snowbound night in St. Louis, the opportunity came in the form of an improptu tasting of new products that will be entering the market in the coming weeks.
A friend of mine has spent a significant amount of time in Japan. Two weeks ago he brought a saké from his travels to a casual dinner. That saké became my epitome of the beverage. Milky, smooth, nutty and clean. The saké I had this evening expanded the boundaries. The four examples ranged from a lesser version of my friend’s example, to one near it’s equal, to another that was sweet and pleasant, and finally to the one that declared a spectrum previously inconceivable.
I will post the specifics of the products when I have them.