November 2009

New Store Arrivals - The Fall Draft Selections Are Back - Hiyaoroshi Time!

Posted by Beau Timken in 2009, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter, November
Hiyaoroshi Yes - it is that time of year again for the seasonally released sakes known as hiyaoroshi (pasteurized once then rested for 6 months) to grace the shelves at True Sake. This year we have two old favorites and one very new brew! For those who like it light and dry we have the very user friendly Wakatake Onigoroshi. Those sake drinkers who like a little more richness and body turn to Urakasumi. And for those who like it big- gooey - and rich sweet try the new full-bodied Sawanoi from Tokyo prefecture.


Herewith are Miwa's reviews for these sakes:


Wakatake Onikoroshi "Akino Ki-ippon"
From Shizuoka Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai Namazume
SMV: +3 / Acidity: 1.4 / $27 (720ml)

Known as the "Demon Slayer" brand, Wakatake Onikoroshi brings semi-dry fall-released sake every year. This year, the bottle nose-the aroma that arises from an opened bottle-has a unique combination of bubble gum and root beer. A green-ness of young peach, subtle licorice tones and a hint of mineral make this sake slightly dry and compact. In the background is a roasted element, like the sweet bitterness of coffee, and a thin layer of umami (savory yummy-ness.)


Urakasumi "Hiyaoroshi"
From Miyagi Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai Namazume
SMV: +1.5 / Acidity: 1.5 / $29 (720ml)

"Hiyaoroshi" is a sake that is brewed this past season with the rice from 2008. It is pasteurized once before storage and matured over the course of the summer, to be enjoyed in the fall. Following the dynamite spring nama (unpasteurized), this hiyaoroshi gives a pleasant aroma of cream and melon and offers a smooth first sip. Layers of savory notes, like rice, dried lotus leaf, combined with melon-like fruitiness is reminiscent of earlier namas--you can feel these sakes come from the same place. The sake has a full texture without being heavy, and its acidity and sweet bitterness are tucked behind the main savory and fruity flavors.


Sawanoi "Genroku-Kura Hiyaoroshi"
From Tokyo Prefecture. Junmai Namazume
SMV: +/-0 / Acidity: 1.8 / $27 (720ml)

This autumn-released brew from Tokyo is imported for the first time this year. The aroma of this sake is filled with nougat, vanilla, and banana. The elements of cashew nuts and hazel nut syrup are also present in the nose. The texture is velvety, giving the sense of complexity. In the taste is a hint of melon, an earthy sweetness of caramelized yam, and the balancing act of acidity and bitterness. At the finish is a faint cedar tone, which may translate into the subtle tannin feel of red wine. Over all, this sake represents complexity, balance, and autumn feel.


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