November 2007

New Store Arrivals - 2 More Hiyaoroshi and Kudoki Jozu "The Pick Up Artist"

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

sake clubTwo more "Fall Draft" seasonal sakes are now available at True Sake joining Wakatake and Aramasa for a total of four brews that were made over six months ago and pasteurized once before being released in the autumn. The first is a familiar and very popular brew from Urakasumi and the second is new to the US this season and is from one of our favorite kuras in Kyoto - Tsukinokatsura.

Urakasumi "Hiyaoroshi"
From Miyagi Prefecture.
Tokubetsu Junmai Hiyaoroshi.
SMV: +1.5 Acidity: 1.4
Rested for 7 months this single-pasteurized sake has a mild nose filled with wheat, straw, dried apple, and wax elements. Do you do "full-body"? This semi-thick and semi-sweet sake has a depth and complexity that speaks to those who want expansive flavors in a smooth and layered "near draft" delivery. Think crème brulee, caramel, and tapioca pudding, but remove the overwhelming sweetness! Just a simple -deep and expansive- sake that explores the meaning of life in a glass.
WORD: Full-Bodied
WINE: Bordeaux/Rich whites
BEER: Big Belgians
FOODS: Shell fish, eel, squash, pumpkin pie or desserts.
Tsukinokatsura "Asahi Junmai"
From Kyoto Prefecture.
Junmai Hiyaoroshi.
SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.6
New to the store this Fall Season this brew has a nose filled with crushed leaves, caramel, charcoal and cinnamon. Talk about a gentle and relaxed sake! This 7-month aged draft Junmai is smooth and slick with a peek-a-boo sweetness - maple syrup - that rests on the tip of the tongue, but the overall complexion is semi-dry clean and calm. The strength rests in the feeling of this sake and if you are looking for a brew to "throw the cap away" then look no further.
WORD: Clean
WINE: Merlot / Sauvignon Blanc
BEER: Ales
FOODS: Gentle cuisine, sashimi, tofu, steamed/baked white fish.

Also new to the store is a product from a brewery that I just worked at in late October. (Yes, yours truly does go Japan and pretends to be a real kurabito sweating away shirtless in koji rooms across the brewing countryside.) Kudoki Jozu, not only has the coolest name in the sake world - "The Pick Up Artist" but also makes some superb and vibrant sakes that appeal to those who like a little fruit in their nose and pallet.

Kudoki Jozu "Pick-Up Artist"
From Yamagata Prefecture.
Junmai Ginjo.
SMV: +1 Acidity: 1.2s
Great name and a great nose on this sake with hints of pear, apple, and purple plum aromas. Ahhhhh! A brew that gets it. A terrific feeling sake that fills the mouth with fat and gooey flavors but stays super smooth. The brilliant acidity-balancing act takes the sweetness out of the gambit of fruit flavors including pineapple and mango. Plump and complex this "sexy beast" is layered and luxurious with attitude and swagger. Drink closer to room temp if you want even more fruit tones, but chilled is happening.
WORD: Vivacious
WINE: French Pinot Noir/French Chardonnay
BEER: Deep Belgians
FOODS: Oily and grilled fare, sushi, shellfish.
$9/300ml $45/18L

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