May 2008

New Store Arrivals - Spring Nama Second Flight

Posted by admin in 2008, May, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter

new store arrivals may 2008Well buckle down the hatches as the "second flight" of seasonal nama zakes have blessed True Sake. This is the same second flight as last year and has some great brews to choose from. For those of you looking for a more dry and clean nama experience jump on the Otokoyama. If it smoothness personified then look no further than the Dewanoyuki. If you like it rich and raw with layers of complexity seek out the Gokyo. And for those seeking the massive nama experience with tons of attitude and explosive flavor reach for the Kaika. All in all this flight is drinking equally as well as last year and a couple of the brews have changed for the better.

Otokoyama Yukishibare
From Hokkaido Prefecture.
Tokubetsu Junmai Nama.
SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.4
This unpasteurized seasonal sake has a unique nose filled with kiwi, peach and fresh cut grass aromas. Think light bright and dry - a Nama that speaks to those who like clean and compact brews with subtle fruit elements of green apple and white grapes. The balanced delivery is dry and so to is the quick finish. More Granny Smith qualities come out in a smaller vessel.
WINE: Crisp Reds/Dry whites
BEER: Tight ales
FOODS: Very clean cuisines.
Dewanoyuki Hibirakujitsu
From Yamagata Prefecture.
Tokubetsu Junmai Nama.
SMV: -1.5 Acidity: 1.8
The nose on this unpasteurized seasonal sake is filled with blueberry, peach, tropical fruit, and a hint of chocolate aromas. Wow - talk about a velvety smooth Nama sake! Round, fat and chewy this brew is loaded with tropical fruit flavors including fleshy papaya and mango, but the elevated acidity brings out more richness than sweetness. Big, soft and well-balanced this sake drinks like a hug in your mouth. A bigger vessel brings forth more fruit tones.
WORD: Smooth
WINE: Deep Pinot Noir/ Fat whites
BEER: Creamy Ales
FOODS: Grilled fare, tofu, avocado salads, creamy cheeses.
Gokyo Arabashiri 
From Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Junmai Nama Genshu.
SMV: 3.5 Acidity: 1.7
This fresh seasonally released unpasteurized sake has a fragrant nose with apple, vanilla, sweet rice aromas. Gokyo is back and as vast as ever - deep flavors ride a massive fluid that carries a complexity founded on the strong legs of umami. Behold a gripping brew that is a marathon of layered flavors such as honey, figs, burnt sugar and a hint of butternut squash. Chewy, ripe, and expansive this is a full-bodied drinking experience.
WORD: Complex
WINE: Huge reds/ Massive whites
BEER: Stouts
FOODS: Kitchen sink - throw anything at this sake!
Kaika Shiboritate 
From Tochigi Prefecture.
Tokubetsu Junmai Muroka Genshu.
SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.6
This unpasteurized seasonally released sake has a deep aroma offering filled with cherry, mineral, bamboo and ripe banana elements. Talk about a massive Nama sake - this brew screams huge flavors on a deep and robust acidity slide. A virtual puppet show of flavors such as rich fruits and sweet rice pop up and down at different times. The elevated alcohol content produces a feisty finish with a long goodbye. Expansive and gutsy this non-charcoal- filtered (Muroka) sake relaxes more near room temperature.
WORD: Massive
WINE: Huge Zins/High acidic whites
BEER: Stouts
FOODS: From spicy to meaty it all works!

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