October 2013

New Store Arrivals – It’s Hiyaoroshi Season Everybody!

Posted by Beau Timken in 2013, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter, October
Yup, there are certain seasons made for drinking sake! Spring sure! Summer sort of! Winter of course! But the Fall is one of the most flavorful and fun seasons to drink sake, as the brewers release their very special Fall nama (Draft) sake selections that are constructed with food pairing in mind. Yes Siree!– Fall is the season for amazing food in Japan and these single pasteurized sakes are super food friendly as well as being super drinkable on their own.

This season we have three brews for you to choose from: Wakatake, Otokoyama, and Urakasumi. Each Hiyaoroshi sake is unique and extremely tasty. Try one or try them all and get a discount! And remember each of these sakes was made early in the spring and released this fall – it is a style of production that promotes a certain flavor profile.

New Arrivals Oct. 2013

And I have never done this before in the newsletter or at True Sake, but I will include my reviews of the Wakatake and the Urakasumi Hiyaoroshi sakes from 2006 so you can compare this year’s sakes to those released 7 years ago. This is a very good test of their consistency and styles! The Otokoyama wasn’t released back then.

  • Wakatake Onikorishi “Aki No Ki-Ippon”
    From Shizuoka Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai Namazume.
    SMV: +1 Acidity: 1.2
    Rice: Aichinokaori & Homarefuji

  • Otokoyama Kimoto“Hiyaoroshi”
    From Hokkaido Prefecture. Tokubetsu Jumai Kimoto Namazume
    SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.6
    Rice: Ginginga & Miyamanishiki

  • Urakasumi “Hiyaoroshi”
    From Miyagi Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai Namazume
    SMV: +1 Acidity: 1.5
    Rice: Sasanishiki

Buy All Three For $90 and Save $10!

FROM 2006:

Urakasumi Hiyaoroshi “Autumn Draft” 2006
From Miyagi Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai. SMV: + 1.5 Acidity: 1.4 The nose is filled with aromas such as chestnuts, raisins, and cream. From the brewery that specializes in “balanced” behold a new twist in seasonal sake – a brew that is both rich and crisp! This draft has a complexity and elegance that must come from the subtle maturing, and be on the lookout for a hidden layer of raisins within the dry and rich onslaught. Overall it is a light, rich and crisp sake that drinks mellow. WORD: Crisp WINE: Dry reds/Crisp whites BEER: Crisp ales FOODS: Sushi, anything from the grill, and hard cheeses.

Wakatake Aki No Ki-Ippon “Autumn Draft”2006 From Shizouka Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai. SMV: +1 Acidity: 1.4 This once-pasteurized draft sake has a nose filled with earth tones, caramel, and hay. Think smooth and layered when tasting this brew, as there is an abundance of round and soft flavors that rest more on the earthy side. Watery, calm and gentle it drinks far drier than its SMV. There are hints of smoky elements but the overall character is mellow, and that is why they make this type of sake. A good example of light and smooth draft sake. WORD: Smooth WINE: Soft reds/Dry whites BEER: Pilsners/stouts FOODS: Grilled and salty fare, sushi, and smoked cheeses.

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