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New Store Arrivals - The First of the Spring Namas!

new store arrivals march 2008Whoop De Do For My Subaru! Yes, it is THAT time of year when we receive the freshest and "nama-est" brews outside of Japan. All brewed and bottled in December we are currently offering 5 Nama-sakes from Japan Prestige Sake International. This season's first flight is filled with some of the usual suspects with the addition of a new snow cat! For the first time in this series of releases we will offer a Nama Genshu Nigori from Ichinokura that will join our year-round offering from Kamoizumi.

In a word, if you are looking for a very "Ginjo" Nama experience with good fruit and great balance by all means slip into the Harushika Nama Junmai Ginjo. For those who seek outstanding smoothness and layers of flavors - a spelunkers dream come true - set your sights on the Koshino Homare Nama Genshu. If you want some fire in your belly with a very large Nama that walks-the-walk then re-visit the "Big Devil" known as "Oh Oni" from Shutendouji. Likewise if you want some sweetness in a large brew that is crafted using a peach yeast then look for the Kamikokoro. And last but not least we have a very raw and vivid Nama Genshu Nigori from Ichinokura that will open some "cloudy" eyes.

Lastly, and if you will recall there was a very large earthquake in Niigata prefecture last year. (please see the August 2007 Newsletter in the archives) There was a lot of damage to many of the sake breweries there, but one took it on the chin far worse than the others. Koshino Homare was really affected by the quake and subsequently lost several structures to the resulting fires. At the time I offered to buy and sell whatever we could from this kura to help them out. For several reasons we couldn't get a hold of their damaged inventory to get some needed money back to them, but alas you can now do your part. The "Shiboritate" or freshly pressed sake from Koshino Homare is this brewery's first new efforts available to the states since the earthquake and fire. Now I am not just saying this BUT this Nama Junmai tastes outstanding and is by far my favorite sake of the this Nama flight! (Yes, I am on record as picking a favorite! This is a True Sake first!)

Harushika "Shiboribana" 
From Nara Prefecture.
Nama Junmai Ginjo.
SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.4
The nose on this raw Spring-release unpasteurized brew is filled with strawberry, blueberry, and green leaf elements. Clean, crisp, and smooth this Ginjo drinks ripe and tight! There are many layers of fruit tones such as grapes, berries and crisp apple but the over-all drinking experience is semi-dry. A smooth and elegant sake that speaks to Ginjo lovers. Think fresh finesse and enjoy out of a larger glass.
WORD: Crisp
WINE: Snappy reds/ Sharp whites
BEER: Crisp ales
FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, grilled fish, fruit salads.
Koshino Homare "Shiboritate"
From Niigata Prefecture.
Junmai Nama Genshu.
SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.7
This undiluted (18%) unpasteurized limited Spring-release brew has a milky nose filled with vanilla, dairy and cooked veggie elements. Talk about a smooth, layered and yummy drinking experience! This velvety Junmai has soft powder sugar elements that drink more rich than sweet - think sweet rice - and there is abundance of complexities buried within the professionally smooth fluid. Round, deep and soft like a favorite pillow! If you enjoy a balance between great flavor and great feeling this nama is for you.
WORD: Smooth
WINE: Pinot Noir/Chardonnay
BEER: Creamy ales
FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, shellfish, grilled chicken, clean pasta.
Shutendouji Oh-Oni "Big Devil"
From Kyoto Prefecture.
Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu.
SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.7
A lively aroma profile with hints of steamed rice, balsa wood, green leaves and yeast. This unpasteurized and undiluted (18%) "Devil" is fat, full, deep and naughty! A very full-bodied drinking experience that is chewy and gooey with lots of flavor up front with a semi-dry finish. It drinks very frisky and has hidden dried fruit elements that dance on the high acidity. There is a very solid richness that expresses itself in middle mouth. Look hard enough and you will discover a gentle green apple tartness.
WINE: Huge reds/Complex whites
BEER: Stouts
FOODS: A great food warrior, will take on anything with legs, beaks, and scales!
Kamikokoro "Tokagen" 
From Okayama Prefecture.
Tokubetsu Junmai Nama Genshu.
SMV: -11 Acidity: 1.4
This unpasteurized and undiluted sake is made with a peach yeast, which gives off unique aroma components including marigold, green leaves, and powerbar-like fruity grains. Fat, gooey, thick, smooth and heavy all describe the feeling of this expressive nama that has a gentle sweetness with ripe fruit elements. Full-bodied and round there is a genuine richness throughout the velvety flow. This is a great filtered sake that Nigori drinkers would enjoy. The low acidity makes this brew fat, round and happy.
WORD: Thick
WINE: Pinot Noir/Chardonnay
BEER: Belgian Ales
FOODS: Cuisine with sweetness.
Ichinokura "Nigori"
From Miyagi Prefecture.
Tokubetsu Junmai Nama Nigori Genshu.
SMV: -1 Acidity: 1.8
The nose on this undiluted/unpasteurized/unfiltered brew is creamy personified with hints of citrus and yeasty elements. This very raw Nigori drinks wicked and wild with snappy flavors and a robust acidity brings forth creamy tones with a tang of lemon. Deep rawness allows one to explore the crispness and sharp tones found in very young sake. This is not your grandmother's Nigori. Think naked, raw, and living!
WORD: Snappy
WINE: Cocktails
BEER: Creamy Ales
FOODS: Skip dinner - meal in a glass!

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