New Store Arrivals November 2005
Over the summer I went to a food trade show put on by a local distributor of Japanese food and sake. This second annual event had many more sake "stands" than the year before, and they actually had a flyer which stated "make money sell sake" that promoted the event. Typically what you will find are representatives of the breweries who travel over from Japan to speak about their brews that this company distributes. In many cases the big man of each brewery will come to speak to the American customers. I like this a lot as it reminds me that they value our "overseas" market. The owners of Dassai and Sudo Honke (makers of Sato No Homare and Kakunko) have been to the event twice.
This year I had a great time meeting and tasting the product from a brewery called Take no Tsuyu out of Yamagata Prefecture. The owner Masao Aisawa immediately became a sake blood brother as he came to the show with sake bottles filled with the brewery's water. I love that! In fact when I do tasting at breweries I always ask to taste their brewing water when I try their line-up of sakes. I feel that it is important to taste, what ends up being 80% of the final product in raw form. And in this case the water was brilliant.
Masao-san has three products – soon to be four – that are on our shores in the US, and they are tremendous. Never before have I added three sakes from the same brewery at the same time in a "New Store Arrival" fashion. But behold, three really impressive sakes from Yamagata that drink super smooth, but better yet, have loads of flavor! They are all made with lower acidity levels and this may account for their really soft textures and complexions.
|Takenotsuyu "Bamboo Tears"
|Takenotsuyu Hakuro Suishu "Winter Water"
|Takenotsuyu Yuki Honoka "Pure Snow"
And lastly, and this is sort of a hush because I only have two cases available for now. True Sake has added the Junmai Dai Ginjo from one of our favorite breweries – Urakasumi – makers of a great Junmai, brilliant Junmai Ginjo called Zen, and a Fall Draft Junmai. This is one of "those" kind of sakes that just yells class! $79/720ml.
You can review many of our sakes on our web site:www.truesake.com