Hello! My name is Chris Cabrera. After working in the sake industry in Oakland California since 2015, it is an honor and a privilege to call True Sake my new home base. Under the tutelage of Toshio Ueno, I am also a Sake Adviser certified by the Sake School of America. I've been lucky enough to travel to Japan a handful of times, and was able to visit various breweries and tasting rooms, as well as attend my first ever Sake no Jin in Niigata. These are experiences I will never forget. I'm looking forward to sharing my knowledge and expertise here at True Sake, and meeting fellow sake nerds, lovers, connoisseurs, and enthusiasts.
Some quick picks from me (updated 02/23/21):
Akabu Junmai - My new favorite sake at the moment. Sake fans have been patiently waiting for this brew to come to the United States, and finally, it's here! This is my "desert island" sake, meaning, if I could only drink one sake while stuck on a deserted island, this would be it. Single pasteurized, and milled to 60%, this is not your average Junmai.
Onda 88 - I am extremely grateful to be able to visit Onda Shuzo back in March of 2018. What a cool experience. The Ippon Jime rice is grown on site at the brewery. Earthy, nutty, savory, etc. This brew is milled down to 88%, which is not much at all. Ippon Jime doesn't mill very well, so the 88 makes sense. For the Junmai heads out there, this is the one. Room temp or warm, for sure.
Mutsu Hassen Tokubetsu Junmai "Red Label" - My first sake at True Sake as a member of the team. Apple notes on the nose. Dry, full bodied, yet smooth with a round finish.
Shinkame Junmai "Holy Turtle" - Aged for two years and quite possibly one of my favorite Junmai ever. This is fantastic when warmed up. Back in the pre-pandemic days (which feels like decades ago), the only restaurant you could get this at was at Hinodeya in Japantown SF.
DEN Junmai Nama - I live in Oakland, so Yoshi-san and Lani-san will always get love from me. Town Biz. Shoutout to Marshawn Lynch. I miss you man. *If you buy this online, it's totally safe to ship namazake in the winter time. So let us know that "NAMA IS OK!" when ordering!
The nose on this cult favorite sake has corn, steamed rice, persimmon, peach, sweet carrots, and citrus aromas. The brewer of this sake purposely d...View full details
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