Kuniko Mukai of Mukai Brewery recently attended an online event to showcase a new desert crafted from umami-rich black rice saké and vanilla ice cream, and the unconventional new dessert offering was inspired by affogato. According to Australia-based saké consultant, Simone Maynard, the new desert was surprisingly delicious. She commented: “The maltiness and umami character of this sake blended so well with the flavor and texture of the vanilla ice cream.”
Maynard commented on the unusualness of the pairing, since "a lot of sake fans tend to steer away from experimentation, fearing it would be 'sacrilegious'." However, more industry leaders are pushing the boundaries when it comes to the use of the Japanese alcohol beverage, showcasing how it can be enjoyed in unconventional but delicious products and offerings.
Image Credit: PHOEBE AMOROSO, Mukai Brewery