April 2008

New Store Arrivals - Masumi Arabashiri, Watari Bune, Kuheiji, More Namas!

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

sake clubFor those Masumi Arabashiri fans your brew for 08 has arrived! It's not as vivid as year's past but in a way it has gained a very drinkable elegance. We also have stock of a very limited release Nama Genshu from Watari Bune that does wonders with food pairings. And look for a new red label in the Ginjo section of the fridge - it's a Junmai Ginjo from a brewery called Kuheiji and will defiantly speak to those wine drinkers who like a little fruit! And last but not least - in the first week of April expect to see the second flight of spring Nama releases from Japan Prestige Sake - which has favorites such as Gokyo Arabashiri and Kaika!

Masumi Arabashiri'08 "First Run"
From Nagano Prefecture.
Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu.
SMV: +/- 0 Acidity: 2.0
The nose on this raw brew is a collection of gentle aromas including cherry, citrus, mineral, and yeasty elements. This extremely well balanced "Arabashiri" has a round and subdued quality that drinks quite elegantly. Not huge in impact, but has layers of really complex flavors such as vanilla, powder sugar, a hint of citrus, and a pull of cherry taffy. The brew drinks more rich than sweet, and the elevated acidity and alcohol content produces a pleasantly dry finish. More fruit and acidity impact emerge closer to room temperature, but chilled is the ticket. Clean, round, and complex!
WORD: Smooth
WINE: Zins/ Bright Whites
BEER: Creamy ales
FOODS: Big boldly flavored cuisines - think ethnic.
Watari Bune "Shiboritate"
From Ibaraki Prefecture.
Nama Junmai Ginjo Genshu.
SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.4
The nose on this limited spring release brew is filled with pineapple, blueberry, grape, wheat and chalk elements. Thick and inviting this raw sake is deep, rich, round and full-bodied. It is very solid with hints of sweetness and a dash of vanilla, but drinks more fat and complex with a peek-a-boo umami quality. The flavor is sweet on the outside and rich on the inside of each sip like a firm but kind handshake. It is not explosive in character, but the smoothness and balance are rewarded with a long dry tail. Good food pairing brew!
WORD: Round
WINE: Pinot Noir/White Burgundy
BEER: Clean Belgians
FOODS: Throw the kitchen sink at this sake.
Kuheiji "Kamoshibito Kuheiji"
From Aichi Prefecture.
Junmai Ginjo.
SMV: +2 Acidity: 1.6
This bright Ginjo has a nose filled with grape pop-cycle, blueberry gum, mineral, and yeasty elements. Fat and fruity the flavor explodes on the tip of your tongue. There are so many layers of flavors it is hard to keep up - look for ripe cherry, berry, white grape, and candy tones that flow from start to quick finish. Round and large without being too sweet the fruitiness is a refreshing change from some other subdued Ginjos. A good acidity play - that would speak to wine drinkers - makes the flavors dance all the more. This brew drinks more like a Nama.
WORD: Fruit Basket
WINE: Beaujolais/Fruity Whites
BEER: Fruity ales
FOODS: Fruit salads, vinegar-based dishes, Dim Sum, pork loin.

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