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Nama & Seasonal

This category of sake is a really exciting and super fresh collection of brews that are only available for a limited time of the year. A typical “BY” or “brewing year” starts in the fall when the special sake brewing rice is harvested and breweries officially commence making sake for that season using that freshly harvested rice.  Typically, sake breweries; Kura, will release fresh unpasteurized “Nama” sake in the early spring. These are usually big, brash, and lively brews that represent fresh Vat-Tasting sake that make you feel like you’re drinking right out of the tank.  Then more unpasteurized and single pasteurized sake are released in the summer that are light, bright, and refreshing for long hot summers. Lastly, sake brewers take great pride in releasing single pasteurized sakes called “Hiyaoroshi” in the Fall to pair well with full-bodied Autumn foods. 


Please remember that some sake in this category are seasonal and will be out of stock until they come back in season, and please enjoy the previous years of reviews for these amazing Seasonal offerings.

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    Kikusui Funaguchi Honjozo Nama Genshu "Gold"

    iconic flagship nama.
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    All four of these Kikusui Funaguchi cans are pretty similar, but each has unique qualities. The nose on "Gold" is a mix of banana bread and honey. ...

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    Narutotai Ginjo Nama Genshu "Red Snapper"

    first discovered by true sake!
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    Tedorigawa Kinka Daiginjo Nama "Gold Blossom"

    everyone loves the kinka.
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    Kikusui Funaguchi Ginjo Nama Genshu "Red"

    an aged nama classic.
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    All four of these Kikusui Funaguchi cans are pretty similar, but each has unique qualities. The nose on "Red" is ricey, tangy and yeasty. This can ...

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    Kikusui Funaguchi Nama Genshu "Black"

    clean, compact, elegant.
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    All four of these Kikusui Funaguchi cans are pretty similar, but each has unique qualities. The nose on "Black" aka Kunko is a clean rice and miner...

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    Kikusui Funaguchi Nama Genshu "Green"

    limited seasonal release.
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    All four of these Kikusui Funaguchi cans are pretty similar, but each has unique qualities. The nose on the "Green" is far more nama-like with flor...

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    Born Junmai Daiginjo Muroka Nama Genshu

    unique, expressive, umami.
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    Kaze no Mori Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu "Wind of the Woods"

    fruity hints, lively, refreshing.
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    Hakkaisan Shiboritate Nama Genshu "Echigo de Soro"

    winter release, juicy, lush.
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    New 2024 Beau Timken review coming soon! The nose on this Nama or unpasteurized sake is a gentle collection of strawberry, melon, and floral tones....

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    Tamagawa Yamahai Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu "Red Label"

    another philip harper flavor storm.
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    The nose on this powerhouse brew (21% ABV) is a massive collection of woody, earthy, honey tea, citrus peel, and horse saddle aromas. Another Phili...

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    Kameizumi CEL-24 Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu "Eternal Spring"

    lively, fruity, lush.
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    Dewazakura Dewasansan Junmai Ginjo Muroka Nama Genshu "Primal Strength"

    complex, sneaky, big flavors.
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    Amabuki Ichigo Junmai Ginjo Nama "Strawberry"

    soft, juicy, strawberry.
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    Sequoia Nama "Nigori"

    made in san francisco, crisp apple, bright.
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    Minato Yamahai Nama Genshu "Harbor"

    bold, expressive, huge.
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    Kamoizumi Aged Namazume "Red Maple"

    port and sherry fans rejoice!
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    This is straight up a “different sort of sake.” A two year aged “fresh” sake doesn’t make sense. But, the result is a uniquely flavored brew that i...

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    Amabuki Himawari Junmai Ginjo Nama "Sunflower"

    soft, layered, sunflower.
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    Noguchi Naohiko Honjozo Muroka Nama Genshu

    controlled madness.
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    Sequoia Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu

    made in san francisco, tingly, young pear.
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    Harushika Shiboribana Junmai Ginjo Nama "Spring Deer"

    spring seasonal, smooth, fruity.
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    The nose on this extremely fan-friendly seasonally released unpasteurized brew is a wonderful collection of pear, honeydew, grape, white flower, ma...

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    Tamagawa Yamahai Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu "White Label"

    spastic, fantastic, massive.
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    This unpasteurized and wild yeasty sake is one for the masculine ages. Made by the Brit Philip Harper, this sake is quite frankly a flavor bomb. T...

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    Tamagawa Junmai Ginjo Muroka Nama Genshu BY 2022 "Ice Breaker"

    summer seasonal, rich, bombproof!
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    The nose on this seasonally released unpasteurized sake is a cool collection of melon, pineapple, Muscat, honey, rock sugar, nougat, toffee, and wh...

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    Kaze no Mori Junmai Nama Genshu "Black Label Wind of the Woods"

    complexity on steroids.
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    The nose on this special sake that uses a Nara rice varietal Tsuyuhakaze milled to 80% is a wicked collection of yeast, banana bread, berries, moss...

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    Otokoyama "Man's Mountain" Hiyaoroshi Tokubetsu Junmai Namazume

    fall seasonal, dry, thick.
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    The nose on this super star seasonally released single pasteurized sake is a gentle collection of nutty, creamy, lemon peel, and steamed rice aroma...

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