May 2007

New Store Arrivals - The Late-Spring Nama Releases!

Posted by admin in 2007, May, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter

These Namas are going very fast! They will sell out within the next two weeks!

If you are looking for a dry and powerful brew then the Gokyo Arabashiri will speak to you as the freshness (bottled in February) and fatness of this sake sings loud and clear. For those who enjoy the "elegance" of Nama sake then the offering from Otokoyama will definitely please your semi-dry and soft cravings. Lastly, call the police as Kaika (bottled in Dec) has produced one of the most voluptuous and sexy Nama's -filled with fruit and attitude- to ever grace our shelves.

Gokyo Arabashiri
Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Nama Junmai.
SMV: +5 Acidity: 1.7
This unpasteurized sake has a complex nose flexing with aromas from spring onion and mint to strawberries and vanilla. It is huge! Think thick and crisp and add an extremely wide mouth that speaks to those who like their wines large and their boozes neat. Gokyo (18%) is a great example of a "fat" sake with layers of deep flavors such as green apple, honey clover, green bamboo and orange peel. The viscosity is thick and chewy and this balances out a vivid acidity that plays so well with the creamy taste and soft roundness.
WORD: Huge!
WINE: Beaujolais /Big Whites
BEER: Stouts
FOODS: Throw the kitchen sink at this Nama - the bigger the flavor the better!
Otokoyama "Yukishibare"
Hokkaido Prefecture.
Nama Tokubetsu Junmai.
SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.4
With a rolling nose of cream, cotton candy, raspberries, and a hint of coconut this unpasteurized sake is a "sasa" or "usu" Nigori, which means it is "misty" in appearance. Clean, soft and layered behold an extremely elegant Nama-sake filled with hints of honeydew, ripe papaya, Japanese apple-pear, and mineral flavors. Its gentle fruity tones drink dryer than expected and the finish is pure "class" in a glass!
WORD: Elegant
WINE: Merlot/Non-Oaky Chardonnay
BEER: Ales
FOODS: Sashimi, grilled white fish, fruit salad, creamy cheeses.
Kaika "Shiboritate"
Tochigi Prefecture.
Nama Tokubetsu Junmai Genshu.
SMV: +1.5 Acidity: 1.5
What a nose filled with flower blossoms, cut grass, marshmallow, and rose water. This unpasteurized sake is loaded with ripe and delicious flavors including green grapes, powdered sugar, and overly ripened pear. There is a touch of sweetness buried in layers of balanced fruit tones that drinks quick and crisp. The mouth feel is slippery and the finish is full-bodied, curvaceous, and slinky - appealing to those who want a flavo-gasm!
WORD: Luscious
WINE: Deep reds/ Strong whites
BEER: Pilsner/crisp ales
FOODS: Grill-fare, anything on a skewer, sushi, Thai food.

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