Archive for February 2013
It has been a long time coming, but Toronto has a brewery producing high-quality sake likely to impress even the most discerning of critics. The Ontario Spring Water Sake Company currently offers six regular and four limited items.
On a cold winter afternoon I attended a tasting tour of the brewery which is appropriately located in a nineteenth century distillery. Following an explanation of how sake is made and a look at the brewery floor, which was surprisingly compact, I tasted five of the current offerings. Generally, the brewing style is sweet and fragrant and each has its own distinct flavour and character. Choosing a favorite is difficult; each one was excellent. Some would be a perfect accompaniment for food and some best enjoyed on their own.
The nigori zake was smooth and flavourful, but the real treat was the slightly cloudy shiboritate from batch 33. I looked at the snow blowing outside the window an thought this is the perfect way to celebrate winter.