New Store Arrivals - Ban Ryu, Kiminoi, Kariho Rokushu
Firstly there are a ton of new sakes at the store if look around. We have been having review production issues, but have finally received our very special software to make those cool reviews look even cooler. So herewith are three brews that have been in the store for a while, but could use a little re-introduction. The first is a really tasty "futsu-shu" (regular) sake that the brewers are calling a "Honjozo." The second is a very classical tasting Yamahai from Niigata, which shakes up the clean and pristine flavor code a little. And the third is for all of you dry Ginjo fans, who like a little fruit to go with your tight and compact clean sake.
- Kiminoi "Emperor's Wall"
From Niigata Prefecture. Yamahai Junmai Ginjo. SMV: +2 Acidity: 1.6
A prototypical Yamahai nose filled with earthy, gritty, ricey, shroomy, grainy elements with a waft of cream brulee. And yes the flavor matches the aroma as this deep and layered sake has a gamey attitude that is full and robust. Look for flavors such as rice and grains that blend into a gentle earthiness with a vein of vanilla. A Ginjo that tastes like rice - how novel! Velvety, gutsy, and complex this brew is bold and yet subdued. More richness comes out at room temp and so does a peek-a-boo view of marshmallow.
WINE: Deep Dark Reds/Huge Whites
FOODS: A game griller special, chops, sausages, mushroom risotto.
- Eiko Fuji "Ban Ryu" "10,000 Ways"
From Yamagata Prefecture.
SMV: +1 Acidity: 1.0
The nose on this everyday drinking brew is a collection of cherry, blueberry, straw, and skating ice elements. Round, soft, comfy and cozy this incredibly velvety sake has almost a "fluffy" in mouth feel. In the velvety texture look for hints of powder sugar, blueberries, white grapes, grape candy and a way-back lick of milk chocolate. The feeling is upfront and the flavor rides way back in sort of an echo-like taste. This brew is okay slightly warmed, but does much better hot. And for a softer texture use a bigger glass.
WINE: Merlot/Soft whites
BEER: Gentle ales
FOODS: Sushi, Avo salads, grilled chicken, hot dogs.
- Kariho Rokushu "Six Boats"
From Akita Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo. SMV: +5 Acidity: 1.6
A unique collection of aromas from rice and grains to berries and a touch of mint. This is a great example of a semi-fruity sake that drinks dry and compact. Dry, clean and smooth with a touch of crispness - look for hints of cherry, cranberry, cantaloupe and an expression of almonds or sweet nuts. Although the brew drinks tight and clean it has a wideness that balances out the round and softness of the fluid. This dry Ginjo has a very quick finish with a tickle of tartness. Think clean and flavorful!
WINE: Compact Reds/Dry Whites
BEER: Crisp Ales
FOODS: Sashimi, clean grilled fish and chicken, fruit salads.