Saké expert Kumiko Ohta and two French sommeliers, Xavier Chapelou and Jean- Louis Naveilhan, have joined together to show Europe that saké can hold its own among its vine-ripened cousin. Isake, their joint effort in introducing premium Japanese saké to Europe, is a line consisting of a variety of saké to be paired with different dishes.
Half of the appeal of Isake Red is the terrific presentation. The bottle is made of sleek, frosted glass sporting the "iSAKE" logo and character sketch of the three founders of the company, while the saké itself is a warm roseamber hue, almost resembling a rosé wine.
On its own, Isake is best served chilled, but the Isake team says their premium saké can be used in a variety of ways, from cocktails to cooking to accompanying a fine meal. Be bold and try the drink with European food fare. Its light body would complement a lighter dinner dish, like chicken or fish, or even an after dinner cheese plate. Saké with something other than sushi? Dinner may never be the same again.
180ml, 14.5% ABV, RRP £11.90 isake.co.uk