April 2008

Sake Selects - Miwa and Lynette Select Monthly Brews April 2008

Posted by admin in 2008, April, Newsletter, Sake Selects

sake selects april 2008In my last "Ask Beau" I spoke about a new twist at True Sake that features several brews that are and will be championed by Miwa and Lynette - our two resident sake studs. As we can only stock so many different brands of sake - think limited space - this effort is a way to offer sakes that we wouldn't usually carry. They will select by price-point, uniqueness, availability, and other factors that make these selections unusual for the store. Case in point, many folks have been asking for Kurosawa the Kimoto Junmai. I used to carry it years ago, but replaced it with other Kimoto Junmais at roughly the same price-point. So Lynette has taken it upon herself to maker her first "True Select" the very popular Kurosawa Junmai.

And Miwa sent me the following text to speak to her "True Select" selections:

I call it "Great Funk": Kizan Junmai Ginjo (1-year aged) & Kizan Junmai Ginjo (10-year aged). From Nagano prefectureA few weeks back I had a chance to taste both sakes with the importer. High "san-do" (acidty) and low "nihonsh-do" (sake-meter- value) makes them close to a bright, full bodied white wine. I would like to recommend these sakes to those who are willing to explore something unique.

Quick note about the 1-year aged sake. It has a hint of golden tint. First sip has a very smooth, followed by a combination of sweetness and acidity as in dried pineapple. Because the sweetness is well wrapped in the acidity, the sake doesn't drink like smv-16. There are citrus tones with roasted tea and a hint of coco powder. I think this sake would pair with roasted poultry or a seared fish dish. "Bright" captures the essence of this sake. I can see it being enjoyed along with a nice summer brunch outdoors.

So when you come to the store next look for these monthly or bi- monthly special "True Select" sakes and ask Miwa or Lynette to do a little "splaining"!

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