Drunk Talk: Asabiraki Junmai Okarakuchi Suijin

Be a Frontier. Unleash the Dragon in you.


So, how did you start your year? How's your new year's resolution going so far? One month has passed but it's never too late to start something new. It's natural to feel a little anxious and insecure. I know, I know. But don't lose heart just yet. I have this lucky sake up my sleeves for an encouragement boost.

2012 is the year of dragon. Dragon in East Asian folklore has a completely different meaning to its counterpart in the west. Dragon means lucky. Dragon means noble, privileged. The legendary creature possesses of auspicious powers; the control over moving bodies of water (rainfall, ocean, floods…) in particular, thus the name "water god" (suijin).

Asabiraki Sake Brewery

Based in Iwate, the north eastern part of the main island in Japan, the renowned Nanbu Sake Brewing Method is what makes Asabiraki stand out from the crowd. Despite its 141 years of experience in sake-brewing, Asabiraki is always ready to invent new products (eg Japan's first Soy Milk Sake) while being devoted to brewing authentic sake. Their sakes have been receiving National New Sake Award 20 years in a row with 16 times, GOLD!

Versatile Super Dry Sake

"Suijin is definitely NOT the best premium sake".

I didn't say this, Asabiraki did! But hold your breath, what's so special about this sake is its versatility. Suijin is not a super product made with the best of different prefectures. Rather, it is the true Iwate-made and owned sake that made with local produce.

It is the best accompaniment to any cuisine. Just like how rice or plain bread goes well with almost anything, Suijin's main "function" is to bring out the best in any food. It was made that way and no any other sake can do quite the same.

How did they do that? It's the extra umami (the amino acids) that lies within Suijin.

With a Sake Meter Value of +10, you can imagine how dry it can be. Maybe you will be surprised by your first sip, but gradually a very subtle sweetness of rice takes over. Although it has a very light and dry body with a sharp finish, it's not overpowering. So you certainly can keep enjoying it with your meal without thinking you've had enough because Suijin cleans your palate every time as if you are having a lemon-mint sorbet between courses at a French degustation dinner.

Feel free to have it at any temperature (5 – 50'C). But it's better to serve at room temperature or slightly chilled and definitely with food.

With my best wishes…

This is absolutely the great gift with great meanings for yourself or someone you care about.

Reason 1: In Japan, the only way you can enjoy this sake is in restaurants. Asabiraki doesn't sell it to bottle shops. So this is a
              rare item.

Reason 2: This dragon sake serves as a lucky ornament in the year of Dragon.

Reason 3: "Asabiraki" means set out for a new journey, a beautiful vocabulary used in old Japanese Literature, Manyoushu.

Reason 4: Good accompanying sake suits all occasions, all food. No fuss at all.

Reason 5: Just 300ml, worth a try!

"Ryuzu" by You Chin
image courtesy of The Tokugawa Art Museum
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Remember, every morning is a new beginning. Make the most of your life by trying something new and challenging.
I always know you will fly high like a dragon.


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