I'm not being intentionally lazy here. Normally, I try to throw some nuggets of knowledge into my posts and I had every intention of sharing thoughtful, informative notes from a recent event: The Joy of Sake Tasting, held September 18 in New York City. I love sake and find it intriguing but know diddly-squat about it, save for one Wine Spectactor article and several late nights at sake bars around the city. With such a low baseline knowledge, I couldn't wait to learn more. However, a few wrenches were thrown into the game plan. First, there were over 300 sakes to taste, so my tastebuds were a bit blurred by the end of the night. Sake tastings, unlike wine tastings, don't provide dump buckets, so you need to finish whatever is in your glass before you can move on. Also, there were almost no producers there, so there was no one to chat with about technique, production, etc. Finally, did I mention there were over 300 sakes to taste?
Overall, the event was rather spectacular; not only was there a wide spectrum of sakes to sample, but several renowned Japanese restaurants in New York City were offering small bites. In lieu of tasting notes, I took a boatload of pictures of the standouts from the evening (I didn't get pictures of all the food and there some great bites, such as the one from SakaMai, that unfortunately will go undocumented). Let's consider this Blog Laryngitis and instead I'll let the pictures tell you about the night.