Learning About Sake with Team Ty Ku

Mixologist Paul Sevigny Works with Ty Ku Soju

Mixologist Paul Sevigny Works with Ty Ku Soju

Sake is an amazing beverage you have to try. My twitter friend Richard Auffrey will likely forget more about sake than most people will ever experience in a lifetime. I’ve always been impressed with his knowledge and understanding of the drink and the region that provides it to us, Japan. When Richard decided to use Wine Blogging Wednesday 72 to not only explore sake, but help Japan in the wake of the natural disasters affecting the region, I couldn’t help but hop on board.

I was very fortunate to be a guest at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America conference in Orlando this week. I was able to experience dozens of wines and spirits from across the globe, and am very energized about the information. One of the most exciting parts of the conference was meeting the folks at Team Ty Ku, and learning about their company and sake. I interviewed Tara Fougner from Ty Ku, and we covered everything from the process of making sake, to the different levels of sake, why sake should be served cold, and what to pair sake with. The video is informative and exciting, and will open your eyes to the wonderful world of Sake.

In addition to the Ty Ku, I did have the opportunity to try  sake from other producers at the WSWA conference, including Tenryo Koshu, Imperial Landing “vintage sake” as well as Junmai Sparkling Sake Ai No Hime Beno – “The Princess of Love”, which was a beautiful pink sparkling sake. Both of these excellent sake won silver medals at the WSWA.

Junmai Sparkling Sake - AI NO HIME BENI

Junmai Sparkling Sake - AI NO HIME BENI

Speaking of winning, the newest of the Ty Ku Sake line, Ty Ku Silver, won the Hot New Now Award for 2011 at the WSWA. They can now add that to the awards their Ty Ku White Junmai Dai-Ginjyo sake has earned.

Team Ty Ku with their Hot New Now 2011 Award

Members Team Ty Ku with their Hot New Now 2011 Award

I will have other videos regarding Ty Ku Sake, including mixologist Paul Sevigny creating to fantastic sake based cocktails. In the mean time, you can join Team Ty Ku on Facebook, and follow Team Ty Ku on Twitter!

Now that you are excited to try Ty Ku Sake, and other sake as well, I would like you to be equally as excited in helping Japan and donating via the American Red Cross. As you can see from the link, there is a specific way to donate to support the disaster relief in Japan. Please do what you can, and remember, as Tara mentioned in the video, each bottle of Ty Ku Sake purchased in April and May 2011 sends $1 to Japanese Relief efforts.

KAMPAI!

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  • Anonymous

    Very interesting video, very educational… I love Sake and will keep my eye out for Ty Ku!

  • Sue

    Great interview – You are a fabulous host and your shows are always informative. She’s adorable too btw

  • http://thelittlekitchen.net Julie

    Matt, what a great video! I learned so much about sake. I have only had it once ever and through this interview I can see the passion they have for making premium sake. Thanks and glad you had fun WSWA!

  • http://agoodtimewithwine.com mmwine

    Thanks Lesley! This was really my first dive into sake, and I was impressed. I have a bottle or two I plan on sharing with friends who think they don’t like sake!

  • http://agoodtimewithwine.com mmwine

    Thank you Julie! I wish I was able to make the food blogger conference the day before, and meet you! It was a great experience.

  • http://agoodtimewithwine.com mmwine

    Thank you! She was so knowledgeable. We actually talked for 20 minutes, and I had to trim it down to 9!!!

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  • http://twitter.com/jaxiscool Jackie Gutierrez

    I’m slowly becoming a convert to sake….this is an awesome post!  I started with hot sake (which I know is a low grade form of it), but recently sipped the pink Junmai sparkling you covered in this post and fell in love at first sip!  We need some more sake tastings around here!

  • http://agoodtimewithwine.com mmwine

    that sparkling pink sake is awesome. I wish I had more than just a sip. Sake is definitely a drink that I’m learning more about

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