Unlike wine, Sake is not a common tipple of the British people. It is beginning to rise in popularity, but it can be surprisingly hard to find; Lidl have stocked it on a few occasions, but if I’m honest it is a very basic sake that just doesn’t begin to touch upon the quality of other options. Sorry Lidl, you know I love you ♥
If you want to try a more authentic and interesting sake, I would recommend scoping out your nearest oriental supermarket. If you’re in the West Yorkshire area, I can personally recommend visiting Hang Sing Hong (aka ‘Taste the Orient’) in Leeds – they have a few shelves of sake, and it’s where I actually bought the Sayuri Nigori Sake.
Meaning ‘little lily’ and supplied in a bottle adorned with lots of small, delicate flowers, Sayuri is a beautifully appropriate name for this drink. It’s a naturally sweet and creamy sake with a gentle flavour profile; it’s smooth on the palate, and has a glorious mouthfeel that makes it very drinkable. It has a clean aftertaste too; although the flavour remains for a short time after drinking, it doesn’t overstay it’s welcome or clog your mouth up. As an extra bonus, there’s a light floral scent which actually transfers into the taste – unexpected, but definitely welcome – which then transforms into hint of acidity. I tell you, this sake has so many layers, it would make a mille feuille jealous.
It’s neither cheap nor expensive, but if you’re comparing it to wine it’s a little pricier than what you might normally spend; a 300ml bottle will run you anywhere from £9 – £11, but I would say it’s worth every penny.
Normally I would include some recipes to use the alcohol in, but sometimes you can’t go wrong with keeping it simple. The true enjoyment of the Sayuri sake lies in simply drinking it on it’s own, chilled and shaken well before serving.