Masumi Arabashiri Junmai Ginjo Nama "First Run"
The nose on this store's favorite, seasonally released sake, is a great collection of green apple, citrus, kiwi, melon, and green grass aromas. Say hello to a new label and a new expression of Masumi’s Arabashiri that has been at True Sake for over a decade. This season’s version has a little more upfront sweetness, but don’t be alarmed because it’s glorious. Zesty, frisky, juicy, bright, and semi-viscous, this brew dances with layers of fruit tones and has a nice slippery finish. Look for grape, citrus, apple, pear, fleshy papaya, and melon ball flavors that create chewy fun action. With 18% ABV this living and breathing brew is a wonderful food pairing sake that drinks great with a meal and just as great by itself. A larger glass brings forth more activity and wine-like elements. WORD: Fruity WINE: Bright Reds / Crisp Whites BEER: Fruity Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, International spice, acidic cuisines, cheese and fruit plates, Oysters, and shellfish. (2021)
The nose on this very famous seasonally released sake is an eclectic collection of rose water, citrus, berries, lemon tea, yeast, and steamed rice aromas. Bravo! Yet another awesome year for Masumi Arabashiri, which is one of the longest standing seasonally released sakes in the US. Each year this brew is extremely similar and familiar, but each year there is a fun detectable difference that makes this brew a collectors dream come true. Bright, zesty, lively, crisp but not hot this Junmai Ginjo pops with flavor. Look for lots of their hallmark citrus tones like orange and grapefruit (How do they do that?) with a dash of tangerine. It’s a fun sake because it’s brash up front then it has a quick finish! Huh? This year is a far more expressive version with better balance and such a lively personality. Masumi for the win! WORD: Lively WINE: Tannin Reds/ Crisp Whites BEER: Citrus Ales FOODS: International Spice, Champagne Fare, Grilled fare, Shellfish, Seafood, Citrus salads. (2020)