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New Store Arrivals -Tenzan, Koshi no Kanbai, Born, Homare, Emishiki

New Store Arrivals -Tenzan, Koshi no Kanbai, Born, Homare, Emishiki


Tenzan "Mount Tenzan"
From Saga Prefecture. Junmai Genshu. SMV: +2 Acidity: 2.0 
The nose on this supremely packaged sake is an immense collection of salted nuts, oatmeal, sourdough, grilled banana, wood chips, warm milk, and earthy aromas. Bingo! Say hello to one hell of a sake that we sold starting day one at True Sake, but was gone for quite some time because of distribution issues. It's back and better than ever and if Beau made "Staff Picks" his name would be all over this Junmai Genshu with an 18% ABV. Rich, full-bodied, round, smooth, solid, and with old school Junmai sake confidence this brew drinks you as much as you drink it! There is a ton of umami with a tannin-like dryness and uplifting astringency that makes the fluid drink velvety and so balanced. Look for caramel, pie crust, King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, nougat, peanut, chocolate rice, soy sauce, sweet potato and banana flavors that roll across the palate. For this price you could buy a Daiginjo, but why? When you can have this flavor and feeling bomb that is balanced with luscious elegance in a glass. WORD: True Junmai WINE: Huge Reds/Fat Whites BEER: Stouts/Belgians FOODS: You name it, the kitchen sink, the bigger the better.  

Koshi no Kanbai Amane "Easy Rider" 
From Niigata Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo. SMV: +1 Acidity: 1.4 
We have a personal store policy at True Sake that basically states we always want to have a Koshi no Kanbai product on our shelves. Why, because they are legendary and everybody should try this brewery's sake at some point. The nose on this brew is a slick collection of nougat, vanilla, white bread, bamboo, fresh mochi, and sweet nut aromas. Say hello to the "Easy Rider," which we jokingly call the easy slider as it is smooth, silky, gentle, water-like, clean, slender, slippery, and easy. First and foremost you will notice a nice umami slide that is made all the more slippery with the low 14% ABV level that drinks almost creamy. Look for macadamia nuts, wheat crackers, corn flakes, nougat, oatmeal, spring water, unripe bananas, and minerals on a silky flow that opens in a wine glass. Isn't it time you try KNK? WORD: Smooth WINE: Pinot Noir/Creamy Whites BEER: Creamy Ales FOODS: Yakitori, shabu shabu, grilled fish, pasta, tofu dishes, and sole in butter sauce. 

Born Junsui "Pure"
From Fukui Prefecture. Junmai Daiginjo. SMV: N/A Acidity: N/A
The nose on this well-known Daiginjo is a gentle collection of melon, pear, strawberry, and white blossom aromas. Say hello to elegance in a small package. This premium brew is a great introduction to high-end sake at a great price point. Smooth, round, soft, easy, and very user friendly, this Daiginjo drinks with elegance and is the perfect smooth operator. Look for pear, apple, melon, and grapefruit tones that drink with a creaminess that reminds you that there is also an underlying core of umami. It's viscous but light and that's what makes this brew so darn drinkable. Born does it again! WORD: Gentle WINE: Easy Reds/Clean Whites BEER: Creamy ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, grilled fish and chicken, cheese and fruit plates.

Aizu Homare Jun Kome Koji Choki Jukusei
From Fukushima Prefecture. All Koji Junmai. SMV: -20 Acidity: 3.1 
The nose on this unique and extremely flavorful "expression" of sake is a vast collection of apricot, burnt caramel, butter, caramel, maple syrup, soy sauce, and mushroom aromas. Koji rice is normally a portion of the rice used to make "normal" sake, but this sake uses 100% koji rice and the result is a rich and full-bodied sake drinking experience. Smooth, round, viscous, chewy, and with a kicking acidity this All Koji has an 18% ABV which makes this brew drink complex and hot (meaning acidity plus alcohol).  Look for amazing flavors such as burnt caramel, sourdough toast, lemon, orange peel in brandy, brown sugar, Chinese herbs, flan, and cocoa flavors that drink almost like an Ice wine with attitude. If you are exploring sake or enjoy after dinner brews this sake is for you. WORD: Rich WINE: Port/Sherry/Ice Wine BEER: Stouts FOODS: Aperitif, chocolate, huge pork chops, spicy Chinese fare, cigars, and cheese, nuts, and cured meats. 

Emishiki “Sensation White” Nama
From Saga Prefecture. Nama Junmai. SMV: N/A Acidity: N/A
The nose on this seasonally released unpasteurized version of one of our favorite pasteurized brews is a spectacular collection of Lychee, passion fruit, white grape, kiwi, bamboo, citrus, and tropical aromas. Smooth, clean, crisp, and chewy, this living brew is slippery with a great body. A very fresh and “green” nama that has a sneaky richness with a hint of astringency and a crisp finish. Look for mango, green apple, raisin, white grape, banana bread, rock sugar, and grapefruit flavors that glide on the fresh and refreshing flow. Lots of depth to this brew that drinks with a peek-a-boo dense quality that feels great in the palate. WORD: Fresh WINE: Lively Reds/Crisp Whites BEER: Crisp Ales FOODS: Street fare, beach cuisines, shellfish, picnic foods, and light international spice. 

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