November 2008

New Store Arrivals - Hiyaoroshi - Fall Draft Sakes '08

Posted by Beau Timken in 2008, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter, November

Okay folks.... They are back! The autumn released "Draft" brews, which are single pasteurized sakes, are back in the fridge. And as I was comparing the reviews below to reviews from the past I was incredibly pleased to see that the prices have not changed since 2005! Talk about value!


Please not that these sakes were brewed to compliment the flavors of fall. If you are looking for a complex and rich brew check out the Tsukinokatura. If full-bodied and expansive sake is your game then try the Urakasumi. And if you like it dry and tight then the Wakatake fits your bill nicely!


  • Tsukinokatsura Hiyaoroshi "Autumn Draft" 

From Kyoto Prefecture.
SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.6
What a wonderful aroma profile on this fall-released draft sake with elements of salt water, grains, oatmeal, and melon. Round and soft this sake is chewy and deep with a long finish. There is a nice balance of richness and feeling and talk about personality! Look for hints of nougat, caramel and a touch of melon-like flavors. A very expressive sake that feels good and has a complexity that speaks to sake drinkers and 1st timers alike. A bigger glass brings out a better balance, and a smaller cup brings forth more pow!
WORD: Complex
WINE: Expansive reds/Chunky whites
BEER: Belgian Ales
FOODS: Complex and rich dishes, grilled meats and veggies, clean pasta.


  • Urakasumi Hiyaoroshi "Autumn Draft" 

From Miyagi Prefecture.
Tokubetsu Junmai.
SMV: +1.5 Acidity: 1.4
The nose on this single pasteurized Fall release is filled with cedar, rice, caramel, vanilla and whisper of melon elements. Round, creamy and lush this sake has a touch of sweetness but drinks far more rich than sweet. Talk about body - this brew is deep and feels weighty in the mouth. Look for hints of caramel and an over-all Cinnabon-like flavor profile that is gooey but not sweet. Plump and extremely well-balanced this brew is extremely food friendly and does very well at room temp and lightly warmed. If you like richness and body - look no further.
WORD: Full-Bodied
WINE: Pinot Noire/Non-Oaky White
BEER: Creamy ales
FOODS: Grilled oily fish, sushi, grilled chicken, pasta.


  • Wakatake Aki No Ki-Ippon "Autumn Draft" 

From Shizouka Prefecture.
Tokubetsu Junmai.
SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.4
This once-pasteurized draft sake has a nose filled with earth tones, honeydew rind, hay, wild rice elements. Think dry and compact when tasting this brew, as there is an abundance of neutral and soft flavors that rest more on the earthy side. Watery, calm and gentle it drinks far drier than its SMV. There are hints of smoky and woody elements but the overall character is mellow. Closer to room temperature brings forth more body and depth. A good example of light and dry draft sake.
WINE: Dry reds/Dry whites
BEER: Crisp ales
FOODS: Grilled and salty fare, sushi, and smoked cheeses.



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