'Aftertaste' events offer an introduction to sake
If you love sake, the Joy of Sake's "Aftertaste Hawaii" events are a good place to test your taste buds while sampling a wide variety of the finer stuff.
If you're simply curious about sake (they drink it cold?), "Aftertaste" is a good introduction.
The name comes from the fact that these monthly sessions follow the annual U.S. National Sake Appraisal, in which judges evaluate about 300 sakes over two days. "Aftertaste" events provide a sampling of some of the sakes from the appraisal.
The first 2008 session is themed "Fun and Games" and takes place next week, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, 2454 Beretania St. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.
It all begins with a little instruction and a blind tasting to determine differences in the sake categories of junmai, ginjo and daiginjo. Then there'll be a sampling of styles within the junmai and ginjo groups.
A mass tasting follows, with 30 sakes, appetizers and socializing. You'd be surprised how sociable that much sake can make a person.
Cost is $37. Call 222-5591 or visit joyofsake.com/aftertaste. -- Star-Bulletin