November 2012

New Store Arrivals - 4 Seasonal Hiyaoroshi, Haguro and Fukucho

Posted by Beau Timken in 2012, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter, November
True Sake Kikusui "Hiyaoroshi" 2012

From Niigata Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo. SMV:+2 Acidity:1.4 The gentle nose on this seasonally released fall draft sake is a mild assortment of mineral water, cinnamon, plum and citrus aromas. Behold a crisp and clean Hiyaoroshi sake that speaks to those looking for a little tingle of alcohol in their brew. Look for snowmelt flavors reminiscent of biting into a snowball with that clean and crisp minerality. A thinner body than in 2011, but far more tightness that drinks refreshingly bright and pronounced. A nice long tail also speaks to those who enjoy their clear alcohols. Clean, bright and light this is a single-pasteurized sake that jumps out of your glass. WORD: Crisp WINE: Zesty reds/Crisp whites BEER: Crisp ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, clean grilled and steamed fare. $30 (720ml)

True Sake Otokoyama "Hiyaoroshi" 2012

From Hokkaido. Kimoto Tokubetsu Junmai. SMV:+4 Acidity:1.6 This "kimoto" or "pole-rammed" fall released draft sake has an intriguing nose filled with cinnamon, caramel, woody, and wheat aromas. Say hello to a sake that is making its Fall debut at True Sake, but you definitely know the brewery known as Man's Mountain! Just like many of Otokoyama's brews this single-pasteurized sake is dry and smooth. Look for brown sugar, caramel, and bitter chocolate elements on a very slick flow that drinks dry and would speak to red wine drinkers who dig their tannins. There is a tingle of acidity that pulls the flavors together ending with a sneaky tail. If you like a touch of bitterness in your brews then this sake is for you, especially if you warm it. WORD: Dry WINE: Big Reds/Dry whites BEER: Crisp ales FOODS: Salty & Savory, fried foods, snacks. $35 (720ml)

True Sake Urakasumi "Hiyaoroshi" 2012

From Miyagi Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai. SMV:+1 Acidity:1.5 Another year another appearance of a great fall-released seasonal classic from a wonderful brewery. The nose on this single-pasteurized sake is a collection of saltwater taffy, rock candy, banana pudding, and pineapple aromas. Not as thick and rich as in years past, this version of Urakasumi drinks rich, light, smooth and even. Look for caramel, maple syrup, sweet rice, raisins, and a very small hint of banana on a fluid that glides through the palate. As the sake warms in the glass looked for more cooked raisin elements and a touch of "Dim-sum" rice. Good for warming and a great food partner. WORD: Balanced WINE: Pinot Noir/Rich whites BEER: Belgian Ales FOODS: Anything from the ocean, grilled, salty & savory. $36 (720ml)

True Sake Wakatake Aki no Ki-Ippon "Hiyaoroshi" 2012

From Shizuoka Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai. SMV:+1 Acidity:1.3 Welcome back to a fall favorite single pasteurized sake from a great brewery. With a mild nose filled with white grapes, crushed leaves, and banana hints this year's version drinks with more body and smoothness than in years past. Look for rich deep fruit tones including cooked banana, crème brulee and custard on a super smooth and almost fluffy soft fluid. Not as dry as last year, and the result is a terrific feeling sake that rolls through the palate. If you like smooth and soft sakes that have layers of flavors then this demon killer is for you. WORD: Smooth WINE: Pinot Noir/Soft whites BEER: Creamy Belgians FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, grilled items, shellfish. $33 (720ml)

True Sake Haguro Genzo Tokkuri "Honjozo"

From Yamagata Prefecture. Honjozo. SMV: +1 Acidity:1.1 This honjozo has a subtle nose of citrus and jasmine tea, and was brewed by the gold medal winner toji of the 2001 national competition. From the first sip to the fading tail one can pull amazingly different mid-mouth flavors including mandarin orange, black tea with a hint of jasmine, and vanilla. The viscosity is solid and the mouth-speed allows for a nice balance between the acidity and the "clearness" of the sake. This honjozo is best served chilled and enjoy the tokkuri (bottle) and sakazuki (cup). WORD: Package WINE: Full-bodied Reds BEER: Pilsners/Ambers FOODS: Light and flavored seafood dishes including seafood salad, shrimp cocktail, cold lobster. $29 (720ml)

True Sake Fukucho "Moon on the Water"

From Hiroshima prefecture. Junmai Ginjo. SMV:+3 Acidity: 1.4 The nose on this elegant sake made by a female master sake brewer is a collection of pear, honeydew, yellow apple and sweet rice aromas. Talk about a ripe and layered sake. This Junmai Ginjo drinks like a Daiginjo in that it is clean and nuanced with a very gentle roundness. There are hints of apple, pear, and mango fruit tones but this brew is not sweet. It is a very drinkable sake that is a celebration of smoothness and the fluid feels great in the palate. Soft but with impact is a great combination in the sake world. WORD: Soft WINE: Mooth reds/fruity whites BEER: Gentle Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, gently flavored dishes. $40 (720ml)

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