February 2010

New Store Arrivals - The First Spring Nama Flight and More!

Posted by Beau Timken in 2010, February, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter
Okay people! You have patiently waited for the seasonal release of fresh, big and bold spring nama-zakes. And they are now here! The first flight includes Nama-zakes from Harushika, Shutendouji, Kamikokoro, and Ichinokura breweries. Look for large flavors galore and taste the freshness. Those looking for tight, clean and crisp flavors with a tingle of citrus jump on the Harushika. If you like it dry and large with a lot of attitude grab a bottle of the Shutendouji "oh oni" - Big Devil. Thinking about a layered and smooth nama with a solid mouthfeel and a hint of fruity sweetness say hello to the Kamikokoro. Lastly, those wanting to explore the immense and dry side of nigori sake try out the Ichinokura, which is dry, crisp and a whopping 19% alcohol.

Again, please note that these sakes are extremely limited and will only be on the shelves for a short while. So get them while you can, because it will be another long year before they come back. And lastly, I have made a conscious decision to not apply my specific reviews for these sakes in the this issue as - after so many years of doing - I have came to realize that nama-zake shifts and changes in the bottle at a far greater rate than pasteurized sakes. This means that to write the best review I would have to update it almost weekly. Some of these sakes will indeed taste different by the time they leave the store and that is the way of the nama world!

Herewith are the specific details as per each sake:

Spring 2010 Nama Zakes Harushika "Spring Deer"
From Okayama Prefecture / Junmai Ginjo Nama
SMV: +2~+3 / Acidity:1.4 / $30 (720ml)

Shutendoji Oh-Oni "Big Devil"
From Kyoto Prefecture / Junmai Ginjo Nama
SMV: +4 / Acidity: 1.7 / $34 (720ml)

Kamikokoro Toukagen
From Okayama Prefecture / Junmai Nama
SMV: -9.5 / Acidity: 1.6 / $29 (720ml)

Ichinokura "Ace Brewery"
From Miyagi Prefecture / Junmai Nigori Nama
SMV: -1~+1 / Acidity: 1.6~1.8 / $27 (720ml)

Other New Arrivals:

Kamoshibito Kuheiji Betsu Atsurae
From Aichi Prefecture / Junmai Daiginjo
SMV: +/-0 / Acidity: 1.6 / $75 (720ml)
Gassanryu Gassanryu
From Yamagata Prefecture / Junmai Daiginjo (Namachozo)
SMV: +1 / Acidity: 1.4 / $42 (720ml)
Eiko Fuji "Glorious Mount Fuji"
From Yamagata Prefecture / Junmai Ginjo (Namachozo)
SMV: +3 / Acidity: 1.2 / $49 (720ml)
Now the sake come in single pasteurized form with a silver foil around the cap.
Eiko Fuji

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