July 2007

New Store Arrivals - Limited Summer Release Nama Sakes July 2007

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

Okay - they're back! The "Late Spring" "Early Summer" Namas are back in the store and ready for your drinking attention. On the whole this four-pack of unpasteurized sakes are more subdued and elegant than the roaring Genshus that came in the "Early Spring." This particular collection speaks in several directions - as they did last year. The theme however is light and dryer with hints of fruit and far more clean drinking experiences. Our top selling Nama from last season the Ohyama Nama (just fun saying that!) is back along with stellar offerings from Umenishiki, Tsukasabotan and Otokoyama.

In a nutshell (Like Austin Powers - "Hey look, I'm in a nutshell") if you are looking for the most "Nama" of experiences look toward the Ohyama where fruit is balanced out in sort of a dry way! If you want crisp and clean take hold of the Tsukasabotan. For that super soft drinking experience gravitate towards the Otokoyama. And for the most elegant of the lot try the Umenishiki Junmai Dai Ginjo Nama for a clean and creamy experience.

Ohyama "Big Mountain" 
Yamagata Prefecture.
Nama Tokubetsu Junmai.
SMV: +3.5 Acidity: 1.3
If you are looking for "drinkable" without too much "thinkable" then grab this Nama. Clean, plump and round this unpasteurized sake has a nose filled with cherry, apple, and ripe fruit tones. Is it semi-dry or semi-sweet, who cares as the overall feeling is refreshingly fruity without being sweet. There are very soft apple and white grape flavors mixed with a hint of minerals in a clean and dry movement. Think dry sake packed with fruity flavors, and let it go closer to room temp for the full Nama experience.
WINE: Tannin Reds/ Dry whites
BEER: Crisp Ales
FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, grilled fare.
Tsukasabotan "King of the Peony" 
Kochi Prefecture.
Nama Junmai Ginjo.
SMV: +5 Acidity: 1.5
This Nama-sake has a pronounced nose filled with cucumber, steamed rice, and radish tones. The "King" is smooth, dry and watery! Huh? Yes it is wet and dry as very subtle veggie flavors such as cucumber, watercress, and radish gently sway through your mouth. It is a dry sake with floating flavors that move at different temperatures - chilled finds more fruit and room temp finds more veggie qualities. Dry, crisp and clean!
WORD: Crisp
WINE: Dry reds/Crisp whites
BEER: Crisp Ales
FOODS: Grilled anything, salty flavors, fried fare.
Otokoyama Sasaori "Man's Mountain" 
Hokkaido Prefecture.
Nama Tokubetsu Junmai.
SMV: +5 Acidity: 1.4
The nose on this misty unpasteurized sake is filled with sweet rice, ripe fruit, and yeast tones. This is a silky soft Nama sake that has hints plum, cherry, and melon-water elements all wrapped up in a soft and semi-sweet drinking experience. Think semi-dry and sunny, light and fun, bright and fresh. A great example of a sake that is full in flavor but soft in texture - gentle and refreshing.
WORD: Soft
WINE: Merlot/Sauvignon Blanc
BEER: Light ales
FOODS: Cuisine with a natural sweetness, fruit, seafood, cheese.
Umenishiki " Gorgeous Plum" 
Ehime Prefecture.
Nama Junmai Dai Ginjo.
SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.2
This extremely elegant Nama Dai Ginjo (not many of those around) has a lively nose with hints of cherry, grape, vanilla and sea salt tones. Think clean and fruity when trying a Nama that is built to enhance the subtleties found in Dai Ginjo sake. The tip of the tongue stays fruity whilst the finish is semi-dry and everything in between captures nuanced elements such as apple, mango and ripe plum expressions. Round and soft this "high end" Nama captures an elegance not found in too many raw sakes. WORD: Elegant
WINE: Pinot Noir/ Dry whites
BEER: Belgian Ales
FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, gently flavored cuisines.

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