Melissa Surdyk Staff Selection • Fall 2015
(Okayama, Japan) Everything about this super premium sake, from its beautiful bottle, to the sake inside, is enticing. Beginning with the aromatics (sweet cherry blossom), to the flavor (pure and clean with an elegant finish), Treasure Ship is an excellent example of the art of sake brewing. Considering very few ingredients go into making sake (rice, water, yeast, and koji), the quality of those ingredients are of the utmost importance. The rice used for this is Yamada-Nishiki from the Hyogo region, paramount because this is where this rice originated, and considered to be the very best rice for sake making. The Miyashita brewery is located in the Okayama prefecture, which is blessed with abundant sunshine and crystal clear water. It is easy to get caught up in the origin and process, however, please remember that sake is an excellent partner with food. While many people (rightly) assume that sake pairs well with Japanese cuisine, you should expand your pairing of sake to something more unexpected, like any of the Cheese Shop’s aged Goudas or a fall themed recipe of stuffed acorn squash.