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May 2011

New Store Arrivals - More Spring Namas

Posted by Beau Timken in 2011, May, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter
True Sake Gokyo Arabashiri
From Yamaguchi Prefecture. Junmai.
SMV: 3.5 / Acidity: 1.75 / Yeast: #9
This year only 60 bottles of this complex, rich Junmai nama are available at True Sake--in the entire country indeed. We kindly ask for a limit of two-bottle per a customer. This way, many people have a chance to try this exclusive brew. $40 (720ml)

Denshin Haru "Spring"
From Fukui Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo Nama.
SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.4
This is a first time nama to True Sake and the packaging alone makes it a great gifter, but the sake itself would appeal to all. The nose on this unpasteurized sake is a collection of sweet rice, cherry, melon, spring herbs, and floral notes. Nama sake is supposed to drink bright and Denshin does not disappoint. Clean, fresh, and sprightly behold a carnival of exotic flavors from koji rice and clover honey to chestnuts and dry melon. Frisky and fun with a zesty and semi-sweet personality that masks a hint of sourness, which drinks almost tangy. A smaller vessel brings forth more tingle and a larger glass drinks a little sweeter. If you are a cocktail drinker this brew would dance to your tune of multiple flavors and feelings. WORD: Bright WINE: Nouveau Beaujolais BEER: Zesty Pilsners FOODS: Cuisine's with brightness - spicy, vivid, complex fare. $33 (720ml)

Masumi Arabashiri "First Run"
From Nagano Prefecture. Nama Junmai Ginjo.
SMV: -3 / Acidity: 1.8
This is our 6th year carrying this extremely popular unpasteurized sake that has evolved into a reliable and expressive sake that changes a little each year. This version is far smoother with an acidity play that balances out the sweetness. The nose is gentle collection of citrus, cherry and lemongrass aromas. Velvety, lush and fat the viscous fluid is filled with honey, citrus, powder sugar, and lemon drop flavors. A very solid nama that is tasty on it's own but excels as a food pairing partner. This year's "First Run" has a more controlled and less brash feeling, which appeals to Ginjo drinkers. WORD: Smooth WINE: Pinot Noir/Chardonnay BEER: Sweet ales FOODS: The works! Throw the kitchen sink at this brew from spicy fare to sweet and savory. $33 (720ml)

Watari Bune 55 "Ferry Boat"
From Ibaraki Prefecture. Nama Shiboritate Junmai Ginjo Genshu.
SMV: +4 / Acidity: 1.4
The rice used for this unpasteurized sake is "heirloom" and was lost to history. They found 14 grams of the grains in a forgotten drawer and revived the Watari Bune rice varietal. The nose on this historical sake is a collection of mint, blueberry, melon, and cucumber aromas. Fat but light. Clean but wide. Smooth but tingly. Fruity but dry. This nama is extremely expressive and works in mysterious ways. There are many flavors on many levels. Be on the lookout for honeydew, white grape, young plum, blueberry and veins of mint tones on a controlled and balanced fluid that drinks pretty dry for all of the fruit action. As fluid warms a sneaky mint-flavor emerges and the acidity creeps up. A semi-dry full bodied nama that is very food friendly. WORD: Dry (For a Nama) WINE: Snappy reds/crisp whites BEER: Crisp ales FOODS: Everything! From light and clean to big and bad! $34 (720ml)

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