November 2016

New Store Arrivals – 2nd Wave Of Hiyaoroshi Fall Draft Sakes And A New Jozen

  • Jozen Hiyaoroshi ’16 
    From Niigata Prefecture. Fall Draft Junmai Ginjo. SMV: +/- 0 Acidity: NA

    The nose on this seasonally released single-pasteurized sake is a great collection of blackberry, steamed rice, and apricot aromas. Talk about a supremely smooth Hiyoaroshi sake that drinks rich but clean with layers and layers of flavors on a round flow that feels great in the palate. It’s soft and lush with a gentle sweetness that is more rich and smooth than sweet. Look for apricot, cooked pears, and a fruit compote feeling that drinks chewy and viscous with a back door nuttiness. One of the best Fall Draft sakes to hit these shores in years! WORD: Smooth WINE: Pinot Noir BEER: Creamy Ales. FOODS: Flavors of the fall! $47/720ml

 

  • Kikusui Hiyaoroshi’ 16
    From Niigata Prefecture. Fall Draft Junmai Ginjo. SMV: NA Acidity: NA

    The nose on this single-pasteurized seasonal sake is made up of smoky, burnt rice, caramel, and earthy elements. Well this special sake is a great example of a different “expression” of a sake that you love. So many folks love the Kikusui JG for good reason, but behold a sake that is similar in elegance but different in complexion. This is an elegant Hiyaoroshi that drinks smooth and semi-rich with a flow that is velvety, silky and nice! Not as bright as the JG, this slightly aged sake has a little more rich sweetness that is mellow and well balanced. A smooth mouthful that is thick but clean, and holds hints of rice, caramel, nougat, and sweet bun flavors. WORD: Velvety WINE: Clean Reds/Fat Whites BEER: Clean ales  FOODS: Rich flavors of the season. $32/720ml

 

  • Jozen Uonuma Noujon 80%
    From Niigata Prefecture. Junmai. SMV: +2 Acidity: 2.1

    The nose on this unique sake is a wonderful collection of butterscotch, caramel, and maple syrup candy aromas. Why is this sake special? Because it has only been milled or polished to 80%, which isn’t that much, but draws and emphasis on feeling and flavor. This brew is superb and shows you how tasty and confident a true Junmai sake can taste. Smooth and lush, rich and round, and layered and balanced. This sake represents and a new fuller bodied sake coming from Niigata prefecture and it drinks like a dream. There is a solid roasted rice vein with hints of honey and a dash of caramel tones. Great chilled and superb coming into room temp. WORD: Special WINE: Full Bodied Reds/ Large whites BEER: Full Bodied Reds/ Large whites FOODS: The works, salty and savory, rich flavors, and even soups and stews. $37/720ml

 


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