August 2011

New Store Arrivals - Nigori, Nama, and more Nama

Posted by Beau Timken in 2011, August, New Store Arrivals, Newsletter
Chokaisan Nigori
From Akita Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo Nigori. SMV: +3 / Acidity: 1.5 / Rice: Miyamanishiki
This elegant nigori carries floral and herbal elements with a hint of Asian pear. Silky texture and not-so-sweet nature of this sake makes it a good food-paring nigori. $48 (720ml)

Harada Muroka Nama Genshu Junmai Ginjo
From Yamagichi Prefecture / SMV: -2 / Acidity: 1.8
1 case only (for now), this balanced, soft nama comes from a very tiny (100 koku) Hastumomiji Brewery. They brew year around (except summer) and produce small but variety of batches. This nama is not charcoal filtered, so it offers a great deal of flavors without being cloying. $48 (720ml)

Tsukinokatsura Kohakko "Luster of Amber"
From Kyoto Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo Nama. SMV:+3 / Acidity: 1.7 /Rice: Tamasakae. $36 (720ml)
This raw sake will speak to those in the wine world who like expressive flavors nudged on by a good acidity play. The aroma profile is a superb collection of koji rice, ripe fruits, blueberry and rice paddle elements. If velvet were to have a flavor to match its plush, fat, and beguiling nature, Kohaku-ko would be that taste. Fleshy and zesty - gooey and brash - look for rich semi-sweet flavors such as powdered sugar and blueberries. A larger glass balances out all of the dynamics. WORD: Velvet WINE: Beaujolais BEER: Big Belgians FOODS: Hit this brew with anything from the grill or oven. (American sushi works too!) $38/720ml

Ohyama "Big Mountain" Nama
From Yamagata Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai Nama. SMV: +3~+4 / Acidity: 1.4~1.5 / Rice: Dewanosato. $33 (720ml)

Umenishiki "Gorgeous Plum" Nama
From Yamagata Prefecture. Junmai Daiginjo Nama. SMV: +3.5 / Acidity: 1.1 / Rice: Yamadanishiki. $28 (720ml)

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