December 2005

New Store Arrivals – Foxes and Shadows (Don't Forget The Harvest Moon)

Posted by admin in 2005, December, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter

True Sake would like to welcome two new unusual sakes that are swell enough to make the grade. The first is an Usu-nigori (lightly unfiltered) from the brilliant makers of Mukune in Osaka, and the second is a plump Ginjo called Bride of the Fox from Niigata.

And here again – as it is only released in November – is the return of the ultra Dai Ginjo from the makers of Manju called Tokugetsu. This sake is polished to 28% and is a must try beast that represents the best that Niigata has to offer.

Mukune "Shadows of Katano"  

Osaka Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo Nigori
SMV: +5 Acidity: 1.5
What a splendid aroma profile splashed with powdered sugar, cream, lemon marange and hint of banana hues. From a soulful brewery comes a soulful unfiltered sake that is lighter than most "in your face sweet fluffy" brews. This sedate and elegant nigori has hints of richness that speaks to the Ginjo flavors such as apple pear, young banana, and green grapes. The bigger the glass the deeper the richness, and the better the view. Such a soft nigori that is quite a reprieve from dumbed-down sweet-n-cheap bar nigori.
WORD: Elegant
WINE: Merlot/Chardonnay
BEER: Creamy ales
FOODS: Mac and Cheese, dry cheeses, picnic fare.
Kanbara "Bride of the Fox" 

Niigata Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo
SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.6
Behold a brilliant nose filled with green grapes, minerals, wheat, and steamed rice. This Ginjo is a Totem Pole of personalities and each flavor has a face. Look high for deep and rich chocolate tones and peer low for a creaminess that screams "empty cup." The richness is the real play with this sake, as the depth and feel come forth when you use a larger drinking vessel. A cold weather Ginjo that has a warmth that red wine lovers could sink their teeth into.
WORD: Layered
WINE: Cabs-Zins/White Burgundy
BEER: Belgian Ales
FOODS: Pasta, soups, cooked fish, and your favorite hamburger.
Tokugetsu "Harvest Moon" 

Niigata Prefecture. Ultra Junmai Dai Ginjo
SMV: +2 Acidity: 1.3
This sake is the "step above" from the makers of Manju and Hekiju (Kubota). Each grain of rice has been milled to 28% and the nose is filled with hints of apricot, flower blossoms, salt water and koji rice. Perhaps one of the "cleanest" like water sakes on the planet. A phantom sake where you do not remember swallowing. The watery feeling and taste is amazing, and deep within there is a layer of fruit tones. It is a seasonal sake in that they only release this sake in the Fall, when it's gone you will kick yourself for another year.
WORD: Crystal Clean
WINE: Soft reds/most whites
BEER: Ales
FOODS: Oysters, sashimi, shellfish.


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