Luscious Sake to Linger Over at Elicit Bar & Lounge
They say there are two types of people…those who love sake, and those who have yet to try it. While sake can be a bit of an acquired taste, there’s something about it that beckons you to come and explore it’s depth a little further after your very first sip. Sake, in itself, is journey.
Sake has been gaining popularity in the western world for some time, yet there are still many out there who are unfamiliar with it. This is a shame, and if you have yet to let the lingering kiss of sake touch your lips, we’re here to introduce you to your new love.
At Elicit Bar & Lounge, we take pride in every selection that’s offered from our bar. We’ve carefully selected only the most enjoyable sakes to feature on our menu. We’d like to invite you to Elicit to explore sake on your own but first, here are a few details about one of our favorite spirits.
What Is Sake?
Sake, a fermented rice wine, is considered the national beverage of Japan. This make sense, considering that sake has been enjoyed through millennia in Japan. History tells us that sake has been being sipped and savored since the 8th century, however some individuals with clout in the world of historical studies suggest that Japan’s relationship with sake actually goes back much further.
Sakes is brewed using fermented rice, which has plenty of sugary starches that are transformed into alcohol during the brewing process. The sake is then aged, with the most luxurious rice wines being aged for at least a year. There are variances in the alcohol content of sake, depending on the type that’s being enjoyed. Generally speaking, sake is going to have an alcohol content ranging from 15-20%, which is why it has a reputation for being a “wine” with a bit of a kick.
The little nuances that exist between each type of sake are a result of the fermentation process. For instance, sakes that are more delicate in flavor are produced by the addition of a greater quantity of milled rice during fermentation. You’ll want to experiment with different sakes to pick up on the subtle differences and find your favorite – all in the name of science, of course.
Hot or Cold?
This is the big question surrounding sake – much like the conundrum of whether white wine should be served chilled or at room temperature. You’ll hear lots of advice on this topic, but at Elicit we believe that it should be served one way, and that’s however you enjoy it.
Sake temperature is more a matter of personal preference than anything else. Warming sake can mellow its flavors slightly, so it’s often recommended that lesser expensive sakes be warmed slightly – however a more complex sake can hold its own with a little heat just fine. Generally speaking, only the finest sakes are offered chilled due to the delicateness of their flavors. At the end of the day, warm or chilled, it’s up to you.
Sakes at Elicit Bar & Lounge
At Elicit Bar & Lounge, we know there are many layers to the experience you have when you walk through our doors. Our attention to detail is unsurpassed, and if we didn’t carry that dedication over to our bar menu, we wouldn’t be doing our job in providing you with an incredible experience. This is why we’ve taken such care in choosing the selections on our sake menu. We’d like to take this opportunity to share a few offerings from our sake menu with you.
Murai Fam, “Sugidama”, Junmai Ginjo
Murai Fam Sugidama, Junmai Ginjo is one of the most beautiful sakes on our menu. It’s a medium dry, full bodied sake that carries luscious fruity notes. The mouthfeel is mildly weighty at first, but transforms into a light, lingering fruity finish. You’ll notice subtle tropical notes as you sip this sake, such as pineapple, melon, banana, and citrus.
Rihaku, “Wandering Poet”, Junmai Ginjo
Rihaku, “Wandering Poet”, Junmai Ginjo is a sake with wide appeal that’s perfect for sharing with a few friends. This sake is crisp and mellow, with a light to medium body finish. Brewed with only the finest quality Yamada Nishiki rice, this sake is complementary to many styles of food, but is also perfect for sipping on its own. There’s a light, lingering finish with green herbal notes, and hints of subtle, luscious fruits.
Rihaku, Dreamy Clouds, Nigori, Unfiltered
Rihaku, Dreamy Clouds, Nigori, Unfiltered is a sake that’s meant to be slowly savored and explored. It’s more complex that some other sakes, which makes for a more interesting, gratifying sake experience. You’ll first be greeted with an aroma profile that’s complex, containing elements of fresh plum, cream, and hints of warm toffee. The flavor is a bit nutty, mixed with fruit and earthy notes, along with the slightest hint of banana in the background. This sake has a longer finish and is perfect for lingering over with great company.
Nanbu Bijin, “Southern Beauty”, Junmai Ginjo
Nanbu Bijin, “Southern Beauty”, Junmai Ginjo is a delicate and fruity, making it the ideal introduction to the realm of higher quality sake. There is a noticeable forward fruit with this sake, which contains elements strawberry, peach, apricot, and a touch of pear, along with sweet rice and subtle floral notes. It’s smooth and soft, but with layers of complexity that appeal to both seasoned sake aficionados and those just trying it for the first time.
Sit Back and Enjoy Sake at Elicit
What makes a great sake even better? The right atmosphere, of course. Sake is a spirit that’s drenched in luscious decadence. Why should the atmosphere you’re surrounded by when enjoying it be any different. At Elicit Bar & Lounge, we’re focused on the experience. Come join us and explore our sake selections for yourself. In the mood for something a little different? Our expert mixologist will be happy to create something just for you. Join us by RSVPing at Elicit Bar & Lounge today.