June 2009

New Store Arrivals: Late Spring Nama Collection - Many "New Arrival" Tags!

Posted by admin in 2009, June, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter

new store arrivals june 2009They're back - but going fast! The next wave of Spring Namas are locked and loaded in the fridge! Come on in a taste the brightness of spring in a bottle. This year the flight dropped Kaika and added Urakasumi. In a word these brews are all drinking excellent. If you like it dry take a crack at the Otokoyama. If you like it smooth and easy then the Dewanoyuki is your call. If you like it large and vibrant then saddle-up the Gokyo. And if you like it layered and rich then give the Urakasumi a go! But get them now, because stock is running out for the year!


  • Otokoyama Yukishibare

From Hokkaido Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai Nama.
SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.4
This unpasteurized seasonal sake has a unique nose filled with kiwi, peach and fresh cut grass aromas. Think light bright and dry - a Nama that speaks to those who like clean and compact brews with subtle fruit elements of green apple and white grapes. The balanced delivery is dry and so to is the quick finish. More Granny Smith qualities come out in a smaller vessel.
WINE: Crisp Reds/Dry whites
BEER: Tight ales
FOODS: Very clean cuisines.

  • Dewanoyuki Hibirakujitsu

From Yamagata Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai Nama.
SMV: -1.5 Acidity: 1.8
The nose on this unpasteurized seasonal sake is filled with honey, peach, mineral, and a hint of rose hip aromas. Wow - talk about a velvety smooth Nama sake! Round, fat and chewy this brew is loaded with sweet sugary flavors with a tickle of dark chocolate finish. The elevated acidity brings out more richness than sweetness. Big, soft and well-balanced this sake drinks like a hug in your mouth. A bigger vessel brings forth more sugary elements.
WORD: Smooth
WINE: Deep Pinot Noir/ Fat whites
BEER: Creamy Ales
FOODS: Grilled fare, tofu, avocado salads, creamy cheeses.

  • Gokyo Arabashiri

From Yamaguchi Prefecture. Junmai Nama Genshu.
SMV: +3.5 Acidity: 1.7
This fresh seasonally released unpasteurized sake has a fragrant nose with apple, vanilla, sweet rice aromas. Gokyo is back and as vast as ever - deep flavors ride a massive fluid that carries a complexity founded on the strong legs of umami. Behold a gripping brew that is a marathon of layered flavors such as grapes, sweet apples, minerals, and cooked cherries. Chewy, ripe, and expansive this is a full-bodied drinking experience.
WORD: Large
WINE: Huge reds/ Massive whites
BEER: Stouts
FOODS: Kitchen sink - throw anything at this sake!

  • Urakasumi Shiboritate

From Miyagi Prefecture. Nama Tokubetsu Junmai.
SMV: + 0.5 Acidity: 1.5
This nama is new to the US and has a nose filled with mineral, berry, pear and balsa wood tones. Behold a very drinkable and expressive unpasteurized brew from a brewery that specializes in balance. Smooth and velvety with lots of deep rich fruit elements offset with creamy and savory hints. Round and solid with a complexity that speaks to the seekers and whispers to the newly initiated. Smaller vessels bring forth more sweetness and larger glasses announce the longer tail. A great richness for a nama!
WORD: Rich
WINE: Deep Soft Reds/White Burgundy
BEER: Creamy Belgians
FOODS: Think rich and savory dishes with lots of attitude.

You will also note that there are a lot of "New Arrival" tags in the store - so many that I have not had the time to do the reviews. So I apologize for being a little slow to the trigger, but for those who just want to know what's new - here is a brief list of sakes that you many not have tried yet. And yes - I will get the reviews up ASAP!

Mizuho Kuromatsu Kenbishi
From Hyogo Prefecture
Kimoto Junmai
SMV: -0.5 ~ +0.5 / Acidity: na

From Aomori Prefecture
SMV: +8 / Acidity 1.4
$6/180ml (comes in a can)

Minato Tsuchizaki "Harbor"
From Akita Prefecture
Futsushu Yamahai Nama Genshu
SMV: +1 / Acidity: 1.3
$45/720ml (comes in a can)

Nanbubijin Nama "Southern Beauty"
From Iwate Prefecture
Tokubetsu Junmai Nama
SMV: +4 / Acidity: 1.5
$22/720ml (comes in box)

Shimeharitsuru Jun "Pure"
From Niigata Prefecture
Junmai Ginjo
SMV: +5 / Acidity: 1,5
$32/720ml (comes in a box)

From Akita Prefecture
Junmai Daiginjo
SMV: +1 / Acidity: 1.4 /Yeast: Flower Yeast ND-4

Daishichi Kimoto Plum Sake
From Fukushima Prefecture
Plum Sake
SMV: na / Acidity: na
$52/720ml (comes in a box)

MoMo Nigori Sake
From Fukuoka Prefecture
SMV: na / Acidity: na

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