March 2006

New Store Arrivals - Ichinokura Dai Ginjo and Dassai Nigori

Posted by admin in 2006, March, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter

sake clubFirst a reminder that we have about two weeks left of the first flight of "Spring Namas." These unpasteurized sakes were a huge hit last season and once again they do not fail to disappoint. They have been flying off of the shelf! Unlike last year, we will be privy to a second set of Spring Namas in about 3 weeks, including the Gokyo Arabashiri amongst others. So by all means get them while you can. The first shipment of Special Spring Released Namas is made up of:

Koshinohomare "Shiboritate" Junmai Nama Genshu.
From: Niigata Prefecture.
SMV: +5 and Acidity: 1.75
This is fat, full-bodied and clean. It is a Genshu, which means that it has not been diluted and carries a higher alcohol content. It is a great sake for sushi.Kamikokoro "Tokagen" Tokubetsu Junmai Nama Genshu.
From: Okayama Prefecture.
SMV: -11.5 and Acidity: 1.4
This sake is huge in flavor with tones that are soft and sweet. And guess what? It is made with peach yeast! How cool is that? This sake speaks to foodies and those who love to unravel flavor.

Harushika "Nama" Junmai Ginjo Nama.
From: Nara Prefecture.
SMV: +5 and Acidity of 1.4
This Nama is one of the most popular unpasteurized sakes in Japan. Balanced and so well structured with hints of kiwi, green grasses and apple. It is light, clean and very elegant for a raw beast.

I am a bonehead! There I up and said it. I have been able to taste a certain sake for the past two years and never once did I try. And now I have wasted two years of drinking a really amazing Junmai Dai Ginjo from Ichinokura - the famous "Ace Brewery" makers of Himezen and the Taru that are both found at the store. I wish somebody would slap me, because it was obvious that these excellent craftsmen would make a fantastic DG. And of course they did! Ugghhhhhhh!

Ichinokura Shozanten "Heavenly Pine Tree"
From: Miyagi Prefecture.
Junmai Dai Ginjo
SMV: +2 Acidity: 1.4If you are looking for that "watery" experience with sake, as in it is so smooth and void of booziness that it drinks like water, this is it! With a nose of minerals, green grapes, spice and cinnamon this Dai Ginjo is super clean. A gentle softness carries flavors such as caramelized sugar, minerals, and pear through the mouth in a watery flow. It drinks so simply but it remains oh so complex and clever. Blink and you miss it!WORD: Like Water
WINE: Soft reds/ non fruity whites
BEER: Silky soft pale ales
FOODS: Fresh oysters, grilled white fish, mellow appetizers.

One of my favorite breweries Dassai from Yamaguchi has finally released their Nigori efforts in the US. We carry this sake for two reasons A) we like the brewers and B) they carbonate their Nigori. Say what? Yes they feel that their brew does better with a little added gas to give it life and pop. In this light, I enjoy this unfiltered sake with foods as it pairs very well with a broad spectrum of dishes. It is not your typical "easy to use" "smack ya in the face with sweet simplicity" Nigori. It is different and it is good!

Dassai Nigori "Foggy Day"
From: Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Junmai Ginjo Nigori.
SMV: +/- 0 Acidity: 1.5
With a nose of cream and spice the brewers of Dassai decided to add a touch of carbonated gas to make this Nigori sparkle! The result is semi-dry sake that is incredibly smooth for a "foggy" brew. As it is a Ginjo there is less silly sweetness and more balance and elegance. An extremely smooth unfiltered sake that speaks to those who want a hint of fruit, but an overall dry experience. Clean, yummy and thick what else could you want in a "foggy" sake?WORD: Smooth
WINE: Dry whites
BEER: Semi-dry ales
FOODS: Pairs well with spicy cuisine and also works with cheese and desserts.
$12/300ml and $24/720

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