We have been fortunate to get a few allocations of this Sake after we keep selling out and have another small reload of this staple Sake. One of our client's long-time favorites, the YK 35, has been challenging to get over the past few months, and right now, we have some of the only bottles in the USA. The YK 35 is one of the bottles that will open the door to the high-end world of Sake and was one of our first wow moments. This has become a rare bottle, and we just received our order a few days ago. YK-35 is a top buy for the category and one that we cannot recommend enough.
One of our longest-running Sake's, YK 35 set the bar for us long ago, and we are only ever able to get a few cases every couple of months. The YK 35 has been the standard for us and a bottle that got our clients familiarized with high-end Sake. Most of the production goes to the Nobu Sushi restaurant, and what is left over is tightly allocated, which goes for over $400 dollars on their restaurant list! We were able to source a few cases after finally after waiting for months. This Sake has amazing aromatics of white flowers, bananas, lychee nut, and kumquats. There is an incredible focus, depth, and layers, all beautifully interwoven and perfectly balanced in the mouth. It is a fantastic sake that longs to be paired with some traditional Japanese fare but can be quite versatile. This is our gold standard for Sake, filtered with the drip method and, made on the Island of Sando in the Sea of Japan by the Hanzu family since 1871.
The "Y" in "YK35" stands for Yamada-Nishiki, one of the top grades of Japanese rice explicitly grown for making Sake. "K" represents the type of yeast (kyokai 9-go) used in the brewing process. And "35" means that the rice polishing rate is 35%: 65% of the surface is polished away, leaving only 35% of the grain intact, which has become the standard for many premium Sake's.