October 2008

New Store Arrivals - Tsukasbotan, Miyasaka, Houraisen (angry fish)

Posted by admin in 2008, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter, October
  • new store arrivals oct 2008Houraisen "Gin" "Angry Fish"

From Aichi Prefecture.
Junmai Dai Ginjo.
SMV: NA Acidity: NA
This "Ultra" Dai Ginjo (40%) that was cold aged for 2 1/2 years has a minerally and meaty nosed filled with rich fruit, rice, and hint of banana elements. Welcome to the "anti" Dai Ginjo that is not fruity and silly, rather it is a deep and expansive brew that has as much attitude as the fish on the label. Crisp and bright, yet round and plump - how did they do that? It is a semi-chewy brew with complex layers of flavors such as caramel, plums, figs, raisins, and a full-bodied acidity that rounds out the incredibly regal mouthful. If you like a Dai Ginjo with attitude and long finish that is robust and beefy reel this fish into your glass.

WORD: Rich
WINE: Deep reds/Huge whites
BEER: Huge ales
FOODS: Complex cuisines, pate, cheese courses, smoked game.


  • Tsukasabotan "Fuin-Shu"

From Koichi Prefecture.
Junmai Ginjo.
SMV: +5 Acidity: 1.4

The nose on this dry Ginjo is made up of mineral, citrus, sunflower, and straw elements. A very good example of a "base" sake that is not overly fruity, but has layers of very neutral flavors such as minerals, rice, and a hint of fig and creme brulee. Extremely even and balanced and the strength rests in the dryness of this flavorful sake. A very slick fluid that gets smoother and even more flavorful at room temperature. Think round, clean, dry and balanced with a great rice flavor - truly a sake drinkers sake.

WINE: Pinot Noir/Pinot Griggio
BEER: Dry Pilsners
FOODS: Salty grilled fare, clean cooked fish, oysters, bread.

  • Miyasaka "Yawaraka"

From Nagano Prefecture.
Yamahai Junmai.
SMV: -4 Acidity: 1.4

This old-style Junmai from Masumi brewery has a unique aroma profile filled rice, caramel, butterscotch, cream and grain elements. Talk about a smooth operator, this low-alcohol (12%) brew has a light buoyancy that is very drinkable and quite unique for a Yamahai sake. For such a subtle brew there are loads of flavors to unearth - like honeydew, Asian applepear, young peach and plum, with a hint of citrus tones. Thin texture and juicy flavor, elegant and light, with a tip-of-the-tongue sweetness that dances with gentle lactic acidity. At room temperature look for more richness and a hint of caramel.

WORD: Elegant
WINE: Light reds/Crisp whites
BEER: Light ales
FOODS: Soft flavors with salty and greasy goodness.

You can review many of our sakes on our web site.

Our inventory list is here.

Choose Your Sake by Category

Fresh Off The Press

Blog Search

Fresh Off The Press

Search True Blog

SF Store Info


Phone No: (415) 355-9555

Monday - Friday: 12pm - 5pm


Sake Delivered
to Your Door!

We cannot ship to the following states: ND, NH, UT, MS, AL, VT, KY, SD.

Have a question about shipping?
Call us at 415-355-9555 for details and alternatives.

Have a question about sake?

Contact us here to let us know how we can help!