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Booze Review

Brand: Sho Chiku Bai
Type: Nigori Unfiltered Sake (Silky Mild)
Company: Takara Sake

There are many types of sakes made in many different areas of Japan that you can find on the shelf of your local liquor store and predominantly in Japanese restaurants, ranging from clear to cloudy, bitter to sweet, and best served hot, warm, or cold, and so on. I recently tried the brand Sho Chiku Bai, who makes this Nigori (cloudy white) style of sake that looks silky and smooth, while surprisingly tastes sweet. With a high rice content, you’ll have to shake it up due to that weightiness falling to the bottom of the bottle. But don’t worry, it tastes light. It pairs well with spicy food and has an alcohol content of 15%, though you won’t taste it. A cool thing here is that this Nigori style of brewing sake has been around for over 2,000 years, predating Tom Cruise becoming Japan’s Last Samurai.

Where to find Sho Chiku Bai in NYC: Momofuku Ssam, Koi Restaurant

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