I enjoyed a variety of sakes (brewed like a beer but drunk like a wine) and distilled rice drinks (shochu, the Japanese cousin of Korean soju) this evening at the Wine Source. It was packed - even bigger than most wine tastings I have seen there. It was also great to see the Wine Source finally stocking soju, though I preferred the shochu this evening. A few other things that took me by surprise:
- It's more difficult to find good cheap sakes than good cheap wines. I define "cheap" for wines (and in this case, sakes) as $15 or less for a full-size bottle. Unless you want a teensy widdle bottle, expect to shell out at least $20, more likely $30.
- They've got a good variety of sakes, including a small line of sparkling sakes produced in the US
- The first sake I tasted had a very faint egg taste, but I mean that in a good way. I know it sounds strange but that's the best way I can put it.