October 2007

New Store Arrivals - Born, Koten Sharaku, Kirin Zan, Momokawa

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

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It's laughable - it really is! We cannot say the simple word known as NO! True Sake is incapable of saying we do notneed this brew! And after spending a few hours Lynette deduced that we are currently equipped with 197 sakes! WOW! A new flurry of sakes have popped up on the shelves and they are amazing!

Firstly we have added two superb Dai Ginjos from a brewery called Born - the first was aged for two years and the second is a Nama Genshu Dai Ginjo! We then added another value Dai Ginjo from a brewery that went Chap 11 and the brew is back in similar form with new owners. For those packaging sluts we have added the new "Coolest" packaged bottle of Dai Ginjo, as well as our first 1.8L Nigori. There is something for everybody!

Born "Wing of Japan" 
Fukui Prefecture.
Aged Junmai Dai Ginjo.
SMV: +3
Acidity: 1.4
This expressive Dai Ginjo has been aged for over two years and has a nose filled with cherries, red grapes, yellow peppers and iceberg lettuce. Simple complexity! This is one of those brews that everybody should try at least once. Why? Because it is without borders - the flavor is so unique and the fluid itself is even more baffling. It's as if the sake expands in your mouth, almost a springing back into shape feeling after being muted by the two years of aging. It is so calm and yet so dynamic. There is layer of fruit - strawberry - on a clean and "bouncy" fluid wing. The expansion of feeling and flavor factor is so impressive!
WORD: Simple Complexity
WINE: Pinot Noir/fat whites
BEER: Pilsner
FOODS: Pâtés, foie gras, avocados, shellfish.
Born "Specially Limited" 
Fukui Prefecture.
Muroka Nama Genshu Junmai Dai Ginjo.
SMV: +4
Acidity: 1.4
The nose on this unpasteurized Dai Ginjo (not many of these) is made up of rose pedals, cooked banana, leather, tropical fruit, and steamy night elements. This is a really plump and viscous Nama that is both smooth and soft. There are a ton of ripe flavors to choose from honeydew melon wrapped in proscuitto, to a sweet fruit compote, to honeycomb. Juicy and fruity and so darn lively - so much flavor and so little back! The overall celebration of this sake is the every allusive "umami" quality, which is so present that they put a sticker on the bottle that says "umami." Rolling, fruity and soft like a sweet avocado!
WORD: Umami
WINE: Nuveau Bojoulais
BEER: Sweet ales
FOODS: White fish in a rich soy sauce, avocado salad, grilled
oily fish, tofu.
Koten Sharaku "Classic Print" 
Fukushima Prefecture.
Junmai Dai Ginjo.
SMV: +3
Acidity: 1.3
The nose on this very soft Dai Ginjo is filled mineral, sweet pea, and honeydew aromas. Talk about smooth and round, this Dai Ginjo is an easy drinker's dream come true. There are layers of semi-chewy flavors such as strawberry and mineral water, with a very fast ending and no aftertaste. Think soft and gentle and revel in the gentle nature of this brew.
WORD: Soft
WINE: Merlot/Sauvignon Blanc
BEER: Light ales
FOODS: Sashimi, grilled white fish, poached chicken, cheese.
Kirin Zan "Flying Dragon" 
Niigata Prefecture.
Junmai Dai Ginjo.
SMV: +3
Acidity: 1.3
Talk about packaging? This well-dressed Dai Ginjo has a nose filled with ripe peach, strawberry, pomegranate, and cotton elements. What a light and bright sake, with each grain of rice milled to 45% one can taste the cleanliness in this brew. There are citrus tones throughout the soft and even flow that jump out in the crispness of the finish. A nicely elegant sake that is as cool and clean as stream water. A perfect gifting sake that will please in many ways. Think smooth and divine.
WORD: Citrus
WINE: Light dry reds/ crisp whites
BEER: Crisp ales
FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, citrus marinated fish, salads.
Momokawa "Peach River" 
Aomori Prefecture.
SMV: -18
Acidity: 1.4
Behold a creamy nose filled with plum, apple and grape tones. This unfiltered sake is smooth and silky void of that "Nigori" grit! There are very subtle and soft fruit elements such as strawberry, white grapes, and honeydew that flow on a very clever and velvety smooth fluid. Clean and milky - how cool is that?
WORD: Smooth
WINE: Come on!
BEER: Creamy ales
FOODS: Creamy pasta, cheese plates, fruit, desserts.

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