New Store Arrivals - Murai Family, Shichi Hon Yari, Yuu-Ga, Shirakabe | True Sake
September 2007

New Store Arrivals - Murai Family, Shichi Hon Yari, Yuu-Ga, Shirakabe Gura

sake clubWow! We have a ton of new brews. So many I will hold announcing them until next month's Newsletter. But for now we would like to welcome back to the fold three brews from Momokawa, who have re-constructed and re-packaged a Nigori Genshu, Nigori, and a Tokubetsu Honjozo. Then we slip into an amazing "Shizuku" sake from Shichi Hon Yari that is not only superbly tasty but is packaged like a champ. This brew is extremely limited and we only get three cases per year! Then comes a supremely valued Junmai Ginjo called Yuu-Ga that drinks great at several temperatures. Lastly we have "placed" another kimoto-style sake from a brewery called Shirakabe Gura (Takara).

Murai Family "Nigori Genshu"
From Aomori Prefecture.
Nigori Genshu.
SMV: -22
Acidity: 2
This unfiltered or "Nigori" sake has a plump nose filled with sweet cream, grape, honey and yogurt elements. At 19.9% alcohol one would expect a massive punch of a sake, but this creamy and fruity brew is smooth a round for such a robust dance partner. Look for hints of berry, grape, and vanilla tones that are carried on a velvety and expansive fluid. Not overtly sweet and a tremendous finish for a 20% milky madman! Think milky and silky.
WORD: Smooth
WINE: Fruity reds/Chewy whites
BEER: Hefeweizen
FOODS: Big flavored and spicy dishes, creamy and cheesy pasta, desserts.
$10/300ml and $23/720ml
Murai Family "Nigori"
From Aomori Prefecture.
Nigori.
SMV: -18 Acidity: 1.4
This is the only imported 1.8L bottle of Nigori sake available in the US, and the Murai Family does this solely for True Sake. With a gentle creamy nose filled with honey, melon, whipping cream and vanilla tones, this unfiltered sake is smoothness personified. Round and soft there are buckets of flavors that work in total unity - from lychee and honey dancing with white grapes to cream and coconut singing with Cool-Whip! This is 60 fluid ounces of milky love!
WORD: Velvety
WINE: Fruity Reds/Sweet Whites
BEER: Creamy ales
FOODS: Spicy fare, grilled fare, desserts.
$35/1.8L
Murai Family "Tokubetsu Honjozo"
From Aomori Prefecture.
Tokubetsu Honjozo.
SMV: +2
Acidity: 1.4
"Tokubetsu" means special and in this case the sake is made from rice milled to 60%. "Honjozo" means that there is a little brewers alcohol added to bring out texture and aroma qualities and does not fortify this sake. In fact with a nose filled with white grape, blueberry, and mineral water elements this brew drinks incredibly easy and user-friendly. Soft lychee and grape tones pair with a hint of berry and melon flavors in a super-soft like- water flow. Thin and slick this sake is pure easy drinking! Look for more fruit flavors when chilled and more grains at room temperature.
WORD: Balanced
WINE: Soft reds/Creamy whites
BEER: Creamy ales
FOODS: Grilled and savory fare, sashimi, crustacean, tofu.
$27/720ml
Shichi Hon Yari "Shizuku"
From Shiga Prefecture.
Junmai Dai Ginjo Shizuku.
SMV: +5
Acidity: 1.6
This extremely limited sake is made using the highest form of sake manufacturing - gravity drip technique or "Shizuku." Talk about an aroma field day! The nose on this brew is filled with berry, mango, grape, and bubble gum elements. What a weighty sake. The mouth feel on this Dai Ginjo is plump and viscous and yet it is so smooth. There is an elegance to the fluid that can only come from the "shizuku" technique, and the overall drinking experience is purely luxurious. The gentle flavor profile is highlighted by grape and ripe fruit tones that are layered from here (the moon) to here (bottom of the Pacific). Look for the hidden flavor of "umami" and celebrate the silkiness of this sake.
WORD: Elegance
WINE: Pinot Noir/Fat Whites
BEER: Creamy ales
FOODS: Fare with a natural sweetness, sashimi, foie gras, lobster.
$80/500ml
Yuu-Ga "Deep Elegance"
From Chiba Prefecture.
Junmai Ginjo.
SMV: 0
Acidity: 1.4
This value Ginjo has an aroma profile filled with soil, butter, cream, plum, and caramel tones. Talk about a multi-temperature Ginjo sake! This guy is so smooth and yummy at most temp zones including piping hot and close to room temperature. Can a brew be more about what it is not than what it is? It's not your typical light and fruity Ginjo, rather it is light and rich with very mild and neutral flavor elements such as steamed rice, nuts, and a touch of caramel. There is also the allusive "umami" quality that speaks to those who like a certain a rice-flavor driven sake.
WORD: Smooth
WINE: Soft reds/ earthy whites
BEER: Belgian ales
FOODS: Veggie dishes, tempura, French fries, mushroom pastas.
$18/720ml
Shirakabe Gura
From Kyoto Prefecture.
Kimoto Junmai.
SMV: +1
SD: 1.2
This super smooth "Kimoto" (traditional poll-rammed) sake has a deep nose filled with chestnut, earth tones, straw, and butterscotch elements. Behold a very round and smooth sake that has elevator-rides of flavors going up and down. First floor clean and caramel, second floor smooth chestnut essences, third floor a sneaky level gentle bitterness with a touch of dark chocolate. This rich and drinkable brew gets more soft closer to room temperature.
WORD: Chestnuts
WINE: Pinot Noir
BEER: Belgian Ales
FOODS: Soy sauce cuisines, grilled fish and meat, mushroom risotto.
$28/720ml

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