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Monday, August 3, 2009
Is there nothing better than me bribing you to learn about Artisan Japanese Sake?!
My client, Vine Connections is an importer and distributor of sake…and by now I hope you’ve learned that not all Japanese sake is created equal. That hot, cheap stuff that you might have tried at a Japanese restaurant is crap. It burns like lighter fluid down your throat and I can’t drink that stuff…unless I’m playing a drinking game….because that’s the point of a drinking game, right? The alcohol in play has to be crap, otherwise “losing” is actually enjoyable! Okay, so here’s my recommendation.
Otherwise, I suggest you give good quality, artisan-made, chilled Japanese sake a try. Or perhaps I can convince you to try sparkling sake2me!
3 1/2 years ago, Jeffrey Smith had a vision of combining an easy-to-drink, lightly sparkling beverage that was made with premium Japanese sake. He quit his boring 9 to 5 (um. more like 5 to 9) job at a private equity firm and joined forces with wine and Japanese sake veterans at Vine Connections to come up with Asian-inspired flavors.
Every week, they’d get together and play with different flavors to see what would 1) taste great but also 2) have the flavor complexities that wine-connoisseurs would appreciate. A pic of the dining room experiments…with 60 different flavors on the table to play with! There’s Jeffrey on the far left.
From the 60 flavors, they got down to the top 8 flavor combination…and then whittled it down to the fab four sparkling sake flavors:
Ginger-Mango: “Refreshing” Ginger has a refreshing and clean flavor and has been prized for its medicinal properties in traditional health practices for centuries. The Mango’s fleshy, sweet, sensual fruit flavor pairs well with the spicy ginger.
Green Tea: “Crisp, Pure, Clean” A blend of Asian green teas with notes of lemongrass and wildflower honey; well known for its antioxidant qualities.
Yuzu Citrus: “Tangy Citrus Fruit” Lemony citrus aroma with a hint of orange peel and mint; a rare, fragrant Japanese citrus fruit.
Asian Pear: “Sweet, Ripe” Ripe, juicy pear with subtle brown spice aromatics.
And here is Jeffrey holding the very first bottle of sake2me that came off the production line:
The first BOX of sake2me was born!! Awww…how cute.
What I love about sake2me is that it’s all-natural, gluten-free and even the box is made of recycled materials.
So what does sake2me taste like? It’s lightly sparkling, fresh natural flavors and very little sugar. It’s NOT that sweet, syrupy, overly fizzy drink that you’d find in other drinks. Instead, it’s clean and refreshing. Would you like to try it?
I wish I could send you each a bottle of sake2me…but (ahem) something about shipping alcohol…I’d probably piss off those pesky people at the Bureau of Alcohol. So, instead I’m giving away $100 Amazon Gift Card — just because I appreciate you reading through this post and learning about sparkling sake.
Here’s how to play. In the comments below, tell me which is your favorite sake2me sparkling sake flavor…
A random winner will be chosen on my birthday, August 8th! Enter once please! Game Over! Winner has been announced already!