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Kuramoto Diary vol.500; "Dassai Shake at MOS BURGER"

Kuramoto Diary vol.500; "Dassai Shake at MOS BURGER"

I never thought I would be part of the launch of a milkshake. The other day, on December 6, I attended the launch of a new product at the headquarters of MOS Burger in Osaki, Tokyo. But speaking of MOS, it is a major hamburger chain with 1,266 stores in Japan and 410 stores overseas, specializing in hamburgers that are "born in Japan” and its core value is to cherish the taste of Japan. In short, I was invited to the launch of the new "Dassai Shake", a new milkshake that combines Dassai Amazake and MOS vanilla shake, which will...

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Kuramoto Diary vol.499: "Results of our placement at Sotheby’s Auction"

Kuramoto Diary vol.499: "Results of our placement at Sotheby’s Auction"

I have written about placing a Dassai sake at a Sotheby’s wine auction in a couple “Kuramoto Diary” ago, and the results are in. Of the six bottles sold for, two bottles went for 843,750 yen ($8’076), three bottles sold for 810,000 yen ($7’753) and one bottle sold for 759,375 yen ($7’268). I am actually kind of amazed. I think it's probably the highest price ever paid for a single sake, not including at restaurants or hotels. To be honest, I was afraid that the biddings would not go to a high price, so it really was a relief.The rice...

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Kuramoto Diary vol.498: "For those who strive to become a 'Master Drinker'" by Hiroshi SAKURAI

Kuramoto Diary vol.498: "For those who strive to become a 'Master Drinker'" by Hiroshi SAKURAI

For those of you who read my last Kuramoto diary, here's some advice from a Kuramoto. If you are not confident that you will be able to drink an entire traditional 1.8L sake bottle in 3 to 4 days, avoid buying a bottle of this size. Instead, prefer sake bottles of 720ml or 300ml because the surface of the sake in the bottle will be exposed to less oxygen and therefore will not oxidize as much. Put the sake bottle in the fridge when you are finished drinking it. Of course, you might be able to easily store a 1.8L...

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Kuramoto Diary vol.497: "Master drinker" by Hiroshi SAKURAI

Kuramoto Diary vol.497: "Master drinker" by Hiroshi SAKURAI

I received the following letter from a reader of my Kuramoto Diary. It stated: ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ Even "one cup of sake a day” is a “once-in-a-lifetime encounter”. (n.b. one both are Japanese idioms) I have several 180ml bottles of Dassai, carefully washed and dried. When I open a new bottle of Dassai, I put the sake in three small, 180ml empty bottles until they are full and store them in the fridge. This is to prevent the flavor from deteriorating and for me to be able to better enjoy the sake, or at least that's how I feel about it. The...

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