June 2007

New Store Arrivals - Nene, Masumi Arabashiri, Tsukinokatsura Junmai

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

Yes we continue to stuff our shelves with more and more sake. How do we do it? I dunno, but you all seem to like it. We have three new or "returning" sakes this month to try. The first is a "Sparkling Sake" from one of my favorite breweries Gokyo, called Nene and it is and Exclusive To True Sake sake. I have asked for years to get some cases of this baby! And the gods delivered. In a way I like identifying good brews, getting the first "Exclusive" look at them for our customers, and then opening these sakes up to others to help the breweries make some money. I have encouraged the importers of this brew to bring in far more quantity and get it out there to other retailers and restaurants. But if you want to be the first, then try a Nene!

The second sake is a return for the season seasonal sake. The Masumi Arabashiri is a fan favorite and this season's offerings do not disappoint. And the third sake is also an Exclusive to True Sake brew that was so popular as our "Secret Word" sake a few months back, that we have now added it to the line-up. Enjoy these brews and we will keep weeding out the bad and bringing in the good. Lastly, please remember my personal motto - I drink a lot of bad sake, so you don't have to!

Gokyo "Nene" 
From Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Sparkling Junmai. SMV: -96 Acidity: 5.5
This luscious sparkling sake has a nose filled with sweet rice, minerals, mint and melon aromas. Use a Champagne flute to catch the most impressive fruitiness of this semi-thick brew. The sweetness is pronounced but the high acidity really breaks the wild bronco of fruit, and the fizz is full and fun. It is both chewy and fat and look for flavor elements including white grapes and raisins. The finish is fast and quick for so much wonderful flavor, and don't forget to lick your teeth for a grapefruit farewell.
WORD: Grapes
WINE: Sparkling
BEER: Sweet ales
FOODS: Champagne fare.
Masumi Arabashiri "First Run" 
From Nagano Prefecture.
Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu. SMV: -2 Acidity: 1.8
This undiluted and unpasteurized sake is raw and vivacious. The nose is filled with tangerine, pineapple, and sugar elements. The first sip tells one that this sake "talks the talk" as a lively citrus start meets a balanced and ginger-filled middle mouth for a clean and fresh mouth adventure. Look for hints of grapefruit amongst the clean and balanced layers of crisp flavors. The acidity play blends with the ripe fruit elements to produce a snap and a semi-sweet "lightness" not usually found in "Arabashiri" sake. This raw brew has an 18% alcohol personality with a finish that is brazenly fresh.
WORD: Grapefruit
WINE: Beaujolais
BEER: Octoberfest Brews
FOODS: Bold cuisine with strong character.
Tsukinokatsura "Eternal Tree on The Moon"
From Kyoto Prefecture.
Junmai. SMV: +2 Acidity: 1.6
Behold a very round and soft Junmai sake with a nose filled with plum, grape, caramel, and powdered sugar aromas. This brew is just so darn drinkable, because it has layers of flavors that flow in a velvety fluid that is not too sweet or too dry. Look for rich earth tone flavors amongst layers of vanilla, caramel, malt, persimmon, and hint of celery components. The creamy nature of this sake makes it delicious at most temperature zones from hot to cold.
WORD: Persimmon
WINE: Pinot Noir/French Chardonnay
BEER: Creamy/Malty Ales
FOODS: Creamy pastas, grilled fatty meats, sushi, avocado salads.

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