The SECRET WORD April 2009
Ah, at last we have reached the end of this Newsletter and that of course means that we have come to the now-famous SECRET WORD. To those who are new the SECRET WORD is a chance for you to try a sake of note for half of that sake's original price. Just for reading this Newsletter. It is our way of saying thank you for trying to understand the wonders of sake. And in this regard we typically select a sake with a story, and this month's story is Plum Sake. I wrote that in bold because many folks are glancing directly at the bottom of this section just to get the word. We do have a meaning for the SECRET WORD sakes! We try to educate you to different brews and different nuances within the sake industry. And yes this month's SWS is a sake with a little "addition." Basically it is a regularly made sake with a plum extract added to it, which is different than the typical Ume-shu (plum wine) that is made with distilled spirits and sulfites.
Please remember the rules: only one bottle per reader, and don't tell your buddy at the moment if he/she isn't a Newsletter subscriber, always use a hushed or secret agent voice when saying the SECRET WORD, and lastly for those who have their sakes shipped we can only include the SECRET WORD sake in a four-pack purchase - meaning you must buy three other sakes.
This month's brew is a brew called Umekanon. And yes sake stores do carry a plum wine or two. This particular "ume" sake has always been a favorite for its smooth and sweet characteristics. We would usually sell this brew for $32, but for you sake-jockeys we will part with this guy for $16. And the SECRET WORD is...check your email inbox - We only give out the SECRET WORD in the mailed Newsletter! So sign up for the Newsletter!