New Store Arrivals – The Fall Released Namas Called Hiyaoroshi II
Two more fall draft released sakes called Hiyaoroshi have made it to the shelves at True Sake and they are both worth a look – errr I mean a taste. They obviously won’t be around for long and they are built to feel the flavors of the season so come and give them a try!
Kikusui Junmai Ginjo Hiyaoroshi ‘14
From Niigata Prefecture
SMV: +1 Acidity: 1.6
The nose on this fall released draft sake is a collection of steamed rice, mineral water, and sugar aromas. This year’s single pasteurized offering is drinking great! A very well balanced sake that drinks more like a solid Junmai rather than a fruity bouncy Ginjo. Smooth, round, gentle, and very drinkable look for subtle roasted rice tones and a hint of nougat. This brew represents a good example of how “Hiyaoroshi” sake should drink and it highlights the flavors of the season. WORD: Balanced WINE: Pinot Noir/Solid whites BEER: Gentle Ales FOODS: Salty and savory fare, pub cuisine, grilled fare.
Otokoyama Hiyaoroshi ’14
From Hokkaido Prefecture
Tokubetsu Junmai Kimoto Namazume
SMV: +2 Acidity: 1.5
The nose on this traditionally made pole-rammed draft sake is filled with wood, steamed rice, marshmallow, and maple syrup elements. This year’s Otokoyama offering is a very user friendly sake that drinks dry, clean, and gentle while the actual flavor of the brewing water is quite noticeable. More flavors emerge in a larger glass and more body shows as the fluid warms. Look for hints of wood tones and there is a gentle vein of candy bar flavors. If you like your wines tight, dry and compact then this brew is for you! A very food friendly sake that does well with a gentle warming. WORD: Dry WINE: Dry reds/Crisp whites BEER: Crisp ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, soups and seasonal stews, grilled salty fare.