January 2012

Deals & Specials - Daiginjo, Nigori & Hiyaoroshi

Posted by Beau Timken in 2012, January, Newsletter
Narutotai Junmai Daiginjo
$14 off / Now $85 (Regular $99/720ml)

Crisp yet rich, this very unique Junmai Daiginjo has wine-like acidity that is perfectly tempered by umami and rice sweetness. Good both chilled and warm.

Daishichi Yukishibare
$6 off / Now $30 (Regular $36/720ml)


Buy one or a combination of Sawanoi, Urakasumi, Wakatake & Kikusui Hiyaoroshi to receive these discounts.

20% off of 4 kinds
15% off of 2 or 3 kinds
10% off of 1 kind

Kikusui "Chrysanthemum Water" Hiyaoroshi

From Niigata Prefecture. Junmai Ginjo. Hiyaoroshi. SMV: +2 Acidity:1.4

This is the first year for this special seasonally released single-pasteurized Fall Draft sake that is made to celebrate the cuisines of the Fall and Winter. The nose on this sake is a strange compilation of rice, mineral, citrus, and burnt wood aromas. Deep, round and solid this brew is not your typical clean Kikusui with much more body and a gentle richness. Smooth and gentle be on the lookout for subtle flavors of vanilla, nougat, caramel, and light honey. It's both pristine and plump, rich yet light, and clean but weighty, with a very good balance. Room temp brings forth more body and a fuller structure, but chilled reminds us that this is a "Hiyaoroshi" sake. WORD: Smooth WINE: Pinot noir/fat whites BEER: Belgians FOODS: Rich seasonal cuisine. $30 (720ml)

Sawanoi Hiyaoroshi

From Tokyo Prefecture. Junmai. SMV: 0~+2 Acidity: 1.7~1.9

This "Fall Draft" brew has a nose filled with cooked cherries, honey, straw, ash and dried fruit elements. Yes! Talk about a specially released sake that is different, unique and fun to boot! Crisp, snappy and confident there are so many pages to this story. Look out for licks of maple syrup and ginger and if you are a tannin lover this brew is for you. If Fall was a flavor of crunching dried leaves under foot this sake would capture that spirit. A larger vessel relaxes the crunching of the leaves. WORD: Crisp WINE: Dry Reds/Crisp Whites BEER: Crisp Ale0s FOODS: Salty and savory cuisine that has attitude and hint of extra added spice. $29 (720ml)

Urakasumi Hiyaoroshi

From Miyagi Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai. SMV: +1 Acidity: 1.5~1.6

This brewery was significantly damaged in the earthquake and it's great to see their Fall release in this very fridge. The nose is a collection of steamed rice, grains, molasses, and brown sugar. Like a favorite shirt or pair of pants this brew feels good on the palate. Not as rich as year's past the smoothness is unmistakable. There are so many savory and rich elements but caramel and vanilla come forth first. Semi-thick with a sweet-nut personality there is gentle creaminess that is both bright and round. A mid-sized glass captures the best side. WORD: Smooth WINE: Pinot Noir/Soft Whites BEER: Round Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, oysters, grilled fare, gentle pastas. $35 (720ml)

Wakatake Onikoroshi "Aki No Ki-Ippon"

From Shizuoka Prefecture. Tokubetsu Junmai. SMV: +2 Acidity: 1.2

The Demon Slayer is having a great Fall! The nose on this very familiar sake is a collection of rice, bread, tofu, dust, and earthy elements. Bingo! If Autumn had a flavor this is it! If Fall had a feeling this is it! Smooth, rich, confident, plump, but most importantly balanced this brew is controlled personified. There is almost a gritty brown sugar feeling that is both creamy and caramel(y) that warms and expands in the palate. Far different than last year's drier and crisper version, this baby is thick and rich with naughty licks of dark sugary candy. WORD: Balanced WINE: Bordeaux/Thick Whites BEER: Belgian ales FOODS: Grilled fare, things on a stick, greasy and fun, salty and savory. $32 (720ml)

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