March 2011

New Store Arrivals - Spring Nama, Eiko Fuji, Tedorigawa, Dewazakura

Posted by Beau Timken in 2011, March, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter

bottle Kamikokoro Tokagen

From Okayama Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai Nama
SMV: -7 Acidity: 1.6
This sake is brewed with peach yeast. Refreshing aroma of berry flower, peach, & pear. Expansive yet gentle taste with crisp acidity and long finish. (Full review coming soon.)

bottle Ichinokura Nigori

From Miyagi Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai Nigori Nama Genshu
SMV: +/-0 Acidity: 1.7 $34/720ml
Unpasteurized and undiluted cloudy sake with a nice sizzling texture. This is a fruity nigori sake with apple, melon and lemon aroma. Complex flavor balanced with rice sweetness and crisp acidity. (Full review coming soon.)

bottle Harushika Shiboribana

From Nara Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo Nama
SMV: +0.5 Acidity: 1.8
Flavorful, light and smooth type. Very fresh and clean aroma with a hint of strawberries. Perfectly balanced fruity flavor with soft texture. (Full review coming soon.)

bottle Kasumi Tsuru Shiboritate "The Crane of Kasumi"

From Hyogo Prefecture. Honjozo Nama Genshu.
SMV: +1.5 Acidity: 1.7
The nose on this very raw nama sake is a collection of grape, sugar, green apple and wax tones. The 2011 version of this "just pressed" brew is a tad bit lighter than in year's past, but the large and frisky feeling remains. Fat, full-bodied and viscous, there is unique gathering of flavors of cooked pear, vanilla wafer and melon, with a sweet nutty finish. This brew is extremely large (brewers recommend drinking on the rocks) but the fluid has a nice buoyancy that is elevated by a zesty tingle of acidity. If you like it raw this is as naked as it gets, and if you want to experience the brashness of nama sake, this is a great example of the zigs and zags found in an unpasteurized brew. WORD: Large WINE: Deep Reds/Fat Whites BEER: Stouts FOODS: Shellfish, spicy fare, salads, wings!


bottle Tedorigawa Kinka "Gold Blossom"

From Ishikawa Prefecture. Daiginjo Nama.
SMV: +6 Acidity: 1.3
The quantity is very limited, so one bottle per person please. First come, first serve.

bottle Eiko Fuji Honkara "Super Dry"

From Yamagata prefecture. Honjozo.
SMV: +10 Acidity: 1.1
The nose on this unique honjozo (or alcohol added sake) is a collection of white grape, honeydew, pear, apple and wax elements. There is no question this is a dry drinking sake, but there is an abundance of fruity elements such as Asian apple-pear and white grapes that are wrapped in a feel good fluid that is semi-thick and clean that makes this sake drink more on the soft semi-fruity side. Bright and smooth this brew definitely takes on different characters at different temperatures. For more feeling and acidity let the brew come to room temp. For a cleaner and more compact flavor enjoy chilled. Also warms well. WORD: Asian apple-pear WINE: Dry soft reds/ Very dry whites BEER: Tight Ales FOODS: Clean flavors, sushi, sashimi, grilled fish and chicken, steamed veggies.

bottle 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.

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