New Store Arrivals - Ozeki Taru - Watari Bune Shiboritate
We still have lots of new brews in the store and yours truly has not caught up! But here are two unique brews to try to experience the old and the new metaphor. (Old being a cedar aged brew from Ozeki and new being a nama-zake from Watari Bune.)
- Ozeki Komatsu Tatewaki
From Hyogo Prefecture.
SMV: +5 Acidity: 1.6
This historically theme-based cedar sake has a gentle nose filled with cedar, vanilla, steamed rice, and smoky aromas. Behold a dry and woody brew that drinks very balanced for a cedar aged sake. Amongst the dry elements discover a layer of rich sweetness similar to caramel or noughet. The finish is very quick with a last whisper of cedar as if you were drinking from a masu (cedar box). Drink at room temperature for even more cedar and acidity play, and use a smaller vessel to capture the pure balance of this sake. The Samurai would be proud of this sake offering!
WINE: Zesty reds/Crisp whites
BEER: Crisp smoky ales
FOODS: Smoked fish, game, and cheeses - grilled things on a stick!
- Watri Bune Shiboritate '09 (Ferry Boat)
From Ibaraki Prefecture.
Junmai Ginjo "55" Shiboritate Nama Genshu.
SMV: +2 Acidity:1.4
The nose on this seasonally released raw sake is filled with mango, banana, tropical fruit, and grape aromas galore. If you like it fresh and bright then enjoy the big and robust presence of this unpasteurized Ginjo sake. Chunky and snappy - fruity and thick - juicy and lush - this nama drinks the way raw sake should drink. It is both rich and bright - full-bodied and sizzly and there are tropical fruit flavors with pear and ripe honeydew expressions. Expansive and lively this brew is vast and has a long tail that speaks to those who like a little alcohol kick.
WINE: Explosive reds/Massive whites
FOODS: Spicy and ethnic fare, fruit salads, chutney based-meat dishes.