New Store Arrivals - Kameizumi, Fukuiwai, and Misuzu
Say hello to three totally new brews from three totally new breweries! First enjoy a really cool nama sake that uses a pretty amazing brewing yeast called Cel-24. Then head to Chiba Prefecture for Fukuiwai Junmai Daiginjo that is fresh and cool. And we don’t have a lot of Chiba sake, so be the first to tell your sake friends. Lastly, try a Daiginjo that is milled to 35% from Nagano Prefecture. The Misuzu brewery tested their products at SAKE DAY last year and folks loved their brews. Don’t forget to get your SAKE DAY tickets now to guarantee your participation in the 14th Annual SAKE DAY so you can try totally new sakes from entirely new breweries before they are even exported to the US.
Kameizumi Cel-24 "Eternal Spring"
From Kochi Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu. SMV: -15 Acidity: 1.6
The nose on this unpasteurized “Nama” sake is a fruity collection of apple, pear, melon, mango, and floral aromas. File this living and breathing raw sake under the title of “Juicy Plus.” Lively, juicy, fruity, lush, and fat; this brew has a ton of mouth feel to go with a ton of fruity flavors. Look for melon, mango, apple and sweet rice flavors that are pushed along by a chewy and dramatic flow. It is full-bodied and fun, and is actually a genshu at only 14% alc, which gives it that fat puffiness. A great sake to play with in the zone of how can rice and water taste like so many fruit tones. It is so dramatic, but is still so round and soft. There is a slight tingle of effervescence that proves this baby is living in your glass. WORD: Lush WINE: Fruity Reds/Fat Whites BEER: Fruity Ales FOODS:International spicy fare, fruit and cheese plates, American sushi and rolls. $42/720ml
Fukuiwai “Yamadanishiki 50”
From Chiba Prefecture. Junmai Daiginjo. SMV: +1 Acidity: 1.4
The nose on this fun and vibrant sake is a collection of mango, sweet rice, frosting, grape, and melon aromas. Some brews drink like they look, and this sake is not exception. The fun and unique purple label almost gets replicated in a fun and unique flavor of this sake. Light, bright, fruity, and tingly this sake is expansive with snappy and crisp elements. Look for kiwi, apples, berries, and tangerine flavors that dance and pop on an almost effervescent flow, which drinks bright and zesty in the palate. Made with Yamadanishiki brewing rice milled to 50% this is a very lively Junmai Daiginjo that is spritzy and fun and a great “gateway” sake for wine drinkers. There is a tantalizing acidity play that does best in a white wine glass. This brew screams for sunny days and picnics! WORD: Bright WINE: Zesty Reds/Crisp Whites BEER: Crisp Ales FOODS: Light and bright picnic fare, oysters, shellfish. $44/720ml
From Nagano Prefecture. Daiginjo. SMV: +2 Acidity: 1.4
The nose on this very smooth Daiginjo has an intriguing collection of blueberry, melon, mango, and pineapple aromas. This is a very gentle and subtle sake that is sneaky mild. It’s mild, very soft, and round, but has layers of fruit flavors that makes the brew drink tender. It’s void of booziness or strange acidity plays, and focuses on silky soft juicy flavors like apple, pear, melon, cucumber and tomato water. In a sentence, this is a great gift giving sake as it looks charming and drinks even nicer. Balanced, even, and clean. It speaks to newbies and pros alike. Milled to 35% it is considered an “Ultra” Daiginjo. WORD: Gentle WINE:Soft Reds/Clean Whites BEER: Clean Ales FOODS: Very light fare, grilled, poached, steamed foods without a lot of edges, sashimi, oysters. $58/720ml