December 2009

True Sake Selects - Team True Sake Select Monthly Brews of Note December 2009

Posted by Beau Timken in 2009, December, Newsletter, Sake Selects
Miwa, Lynette, Keiko Welcome to "True Selects" - featured sakes that are selected and championed by Miwa, Lynette, and Keiko - our three resident sake studs. As we can only stock so many different brands of sake - think limited space - this effort is a way to offer sakes that we wouldn't usually carry. They will select by price-point, uniqueness, availability, and other factors that make these selections unusual for the store.

Miwa's Pick:

Kamoizumi "Red Maple"

From Hiroshima Prefecture.

This month, we are lucky to have "Red Maple"--I call it mystery sake because so little is known about it. This very deep and elegant sake comes from a (single) tank at Kamoizumi brewery, where it has been resting for two years for maturing (jukusei)-- somewhat of an experimental endeavor by the brewery. The tank was "discovered" when the head of a fine sake importer (WSI) visited the brewery, and the rest is history. The quantity is very limited, and it is a type of sake that welcomes an adventurous palette. The aroma of hazelnuts, roasted almond, and a hint of "nama" (unpasteurized) hits your nose first.

This beautiful brew leaves a smooth coating of sweetness on your palette with its velvety texture. Elegant acidity gives it a nice structure, balanced with the soft, complex, and sweet nature of the sake. It's perfect for the holidays! I will have more details when you come in.


Keiko's pick:

Hideyoshi Honjozo Namachozoshu "Namacho"

From Akita Prefecture
Nama Honjozo (single pasteurized sake) SMV: +0.5 / Acidity: 1.3 $14 (300ml)

Hideyoshi brewery is located in Akita prefecture, which is popular for great harvest of rice and natural water. This sake has refreshing pure taste with fruity aroma.

Hint of rice layer fits to variety of dishes, especially hot pot dishes and any vegetable dishes. Great to serve cold temperature during dinner and for people who like nama-zake!

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