October 2007

New Store Arrivals - Aramasa & Wakatake Hiyaoroshi, Kaika, Shutendouji, Chikurin

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

sake clubAgain we have way toooooo much new sake for you all to explore. Of course as we mentioned in the "Sake Styles" section of this Newsletter there are two new "Fall Draft" sakes called "Hiyaoroshi" to choose from - with two more offerings coming in mid-October. One brew is from Wakatake and the other is new this year from Aramasa. Then we have three new Junmais to choose from - Kaika, Shutendouji, and Chikurin.

Aramasa "Hiyaoroshi" 
From Akita Prefecture.
Junmai Ginjo Hiyaoroshi.
SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.6
The nose on this seasonally released sake is filled with creamy, nutty, grainy and cinnamon elements. This dry and crisp draft sake is clean and confident with a tantalizingly long finish. Hints of citrus tones dance amongst grain and rice flavors with a wisp of butterscotch in the end. There is a smidgeon of woody flavors but not cedar and consumed at room temperature brings out a round smoothness. Think dry and clean and use a larger glass.
WINE: Cabernet Sauvignon
BEER: Dry ales
FOODS: Sashimi, burgers, pizza, non-creamy pasta.
Wakatake Onikoroshi "Aki No Ki-Ippon"
From Shizuoka Prefecture.
Tokubetsu Junmai Hiyaoroshi.
SMV: 0 Acidity: 1.4
This Fall Draft sake has an aroma profile filled with dried fruit, rice, peach, and melon tones. Round, soft and silky look for a semi-dry sake with hints of caramel amongst macadamia and cashew nut flavors. The great balance plays off the ricey elements and the deep complexities to produce a full-bodied sake that was matured for 6 months. Those looking for a long finish take note as this brew drinks more grain-like than fruity.
WORD: Smooth
WINE: Pinot Noir/White Burgundy
BEER: Creamy ales
FOODS: Veggie dishes (okra), sushi, roasted meats, soups.
Kaika "Open Flower"
From Tochigi Prefecture.
SMV: +2 Acidity: 1.5
This brew has a nose filled with steamed rice, leather, mineral and dairy elements. Basically a soulful sake that tastes like rice. How unique with today's almost fruity brews. Round and soft look for rich and ricey tones that hide a layer of cocoa and hint of vanilla. Dig deep and you will find cinnamon and nutty complexities but think rice and enjoy this layered sake that gets even easier at room temperature. Upfront flavor with a sneaky crispy back.
WORD: Ricey
WINE: Rich reds/Crisp Whites
BEER: Crisp Ales
FOODS: Greasy fare, bar foods, grilled fish and meat.
Shutendouji Kyo-Onna "The Lady of Kyoto"
From Kyoto Prefecture.
Tokubetsu Junmai.
SMV: -7 Acidity: 1.6
The nose is filled with steamed rice, caramel, sweet corn, and mango aromas. Round, fruity, smooth and sweet this brew has layers of ripe flavors on a super velvety flow. Add to that a sense of richness and this chewy mouthful is a great example of how rice and water can taste like fleshy fruits such as mango, papaya and banana. Think tropical in flavor and smooth in feel and enjoy this sake out of the fridge. Perfect for Nigori "unfiltered" fans wanting to explore "filtered" sakes.
WORD: Gooey
WINE: Sangaria/Fruity whites
BEER: Sweet ales
FOODS: Fruit salads, cheese plates, sweet sauce fare.
Chikurin Fukamari "Depth"
From Okayama Prefecture.
SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.3
This rich sake has a gentle aroma profile filled with nutty, mineral, hay, honey and minty elements. A classic flavor-forward sake that keeps the grains and fruit flavors in the front of the palate even as the fluid slides back. A round and soft brew that has expansive complexities on a solid and soft flow of fluid. There are hints of fruit tones but it does not drink fruity, rather it stays on the grainy side with a layer of fruit. Like a breakfast fruit muffin. The richness comes forth closer to room temperature.
WORD: Fruit Muffin
WINE: Complex pinots/Rich whites
BEER: Complex ales
FOODS: Sushi, grilled veggies, seaweed salad, pates, cheese plates.

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