January 2011

New Store Arrivals - One-cup to Nigori, Six New Brews

Posted by Beau Timken in 2011, January, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter
Akishika "Bambi" One Cup
From Osaka Prefecture. Junmai. SMV: +4 Acidity: 1.7
This "ultra popular" One Cup is exclusive to True Sake. Come on, is there a cooler one cup of sake that is dry and compact and extremely easy to empty? Talk about drinkable without thinkable! Light, clean, neutral and smooth this "deer" has hidden flavors such as rice, oatmeal, wheat and hint of good ol' nougat. There is more body and flavor present as the sake comes into room temperature, and do not be afraid to heat this cup as "Bambi" does well hot. A super approachable dry friendly one cup that tastes as fun as it looks. WORD: Even WINE: Dry reds/gentle whites BEER: light beers FOODS: Bar snacks and grilled fare. $7 (180ml)

Dewazakura "Sakura Boy"
From Yamagata Prefecture. Daiginjo. SMV: +6 Acidity: 1.2
This "Boy" has an amazing aroma profile filled with cherry blossom, rose water, honey dew, and green apple elements. And yes the sake drinks like the nose with fat and fruity flavors galore. Round and lush, plump and viscous this brew has a tremendous feel in the mouth, and flavors such as mango, melon, and white grapes dance on a peek-a-boo acidity push. Fleshy and solid, "Sakura Boy" does better in a mid sized glass. WORD: Lush WINE: Fruity Reds/Fat Whites BEER: Smooth Ales FOODS: Shellfish, sashimi, grilled salty fare, cheese plates. $17 (300ml)

Shirataki Jozen Mizunogotoshi "Blue"
From Niigata Prefecture. Junmai Daiginjo. SMV: +5 Acidity: 1.3
This is an extremely elegant sake, silky smooth and with Niigata freshness. Out of a smaller glass and on the colder side, the flavor is very clean and not too sweet or dry. Not "watery" by any means, but had a nice medium-light body. And the fruitiness, which was subtle at this temperature, might pop out more as the glass sits in your hand. $68 (720ml)

Shirataki Jozen Mizunogotoshi "White"
From Niigata Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo. SMV: +5 Acidity: 1.3
The nose on this clean and pristine sake is a collection of cherry, mineral water, corn, pineapple, and cotton candy elements. Is this the new old Jozen or the old new Jozen? Who cares, because this sake is light, clean, and dry with an underbelly of flavors such as melon, sweet rice, and vanilla. Talk about a juicy feel in a silky delivery this smooth operator tastes fresh with a quick finish. Lighter than its "aged" pink bottle sister sake, this brew speaks to those who like flavor and cutting finishes that are dry and gentle. Think clean and drinkable. WORD: Clean WINE: Soft reds/Dry whites BEER: Light beers FOODS: Sashimi, sushi, steamed fish, tofu, light complexity fare. $36 (720ml)

Wakaebisu Kinpaku"Gold Flake"
From Mie Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo Kinpaku. SMV: +3 Acidity: 1.4
Welcome to the world of "celebration" sake! This brew has gold flakes throughout, but by no means is the flavor a novelty. This is an excellent sake (would they put gold in a crappy product?) with mineral, cherry, and unripe melon aromas. What an elegantly gentle and drinkable Ginjo, with hints of plums and cherries in a silky softness that has a quiet vanilla departure. Super clean and super fun this "gift" sake will not disappoint, but you need not "celebrate" to enjoy a fantastic brew WORD: Gold WINE: Soft reds/gentle whites BEER: Creamy ales FOODS: Party cuisine. $36 (720ml)

Wakatake Onikoroshi "Demon Slayer" Nigori
From Shizuoka Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai Nigori. SMV: +/- 0 Acidity: 1.2
The nose on "The Demon Slayers" first nigori available in the US is a creamy collection of yogurt, rice, honeydew, peach and plum aromas. This is a very balanced "nigori" that drinks more on the dry side for an "unfiltered sake." A very good example of a brew that has a solid ricey body with hints of fruit tones on several levels, and a tingle acidity that makes the flavors pop. Look for honeydew, Asian apple pear, and peach yogurt licks amongst the dry and silky flow. Not a super thick nigori, but rather a lean and dry sake that appeals to those who want character and not a bum rush of feeling. WORD: Balanced WINE: Nope! BEER: Creamy ales FOODS: Spicy fare, cheese plates, creamy pastas. $24 (500ml)

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