Tsukasabotan Senchu Hassaku Junmai Nama "Reika"
*NOTE: This sake is unpasteurized. We can ship unpasteurized sake, however it is at the customer's discretion. It's best to avoid shipping unpasteurized sake during extremely hot summers or freezing cold winters. When completing a purchase of unpasteurized sake from True Sake, you are giving us the OK to ship unpasteurized sake to you. Feel free to call or email us if you have more questions.
This seasonally released summer Nama has a great nose filled with apple, grape, blueberry, anise, melon, and grape popsicle aromas. Wow! We love this year’s Reika so much. Juicy, fruity, but with an overall dryness and a laser fast finish it drinks like summer feels. It’s lively, but not brisk. Rather it has a slippery and viscous feeling with a gentle acidity that is like a full-bodied dry brew with lots of umami goodness and an overall controlled and balanced texture. Look for fleshy apples, cooked pear, fresh mint, mineral water, rock candy, melon, and a gentle white pepper departure. It has such a great body, which makes it best for the umami dance in each glass. The brewers hit this one out of the park! WORD: Slippery WINE: Beaujolais/Flinty Whites BEER: Round Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, grilled fare, Yakitori, fish carpaccio, and shabu shabu. (2022)
The nose on this wonderful summer seasonal “blue” brew is a chill collection of pear, grape, strawberry, rice, and floral aromas. This is the sister sake to one of the most popular dry sake in the store, but it’s the unpasteurized version, which basically means it’s a must to try side by side. It’s not often that you get to compare two of the same brews. This dry Kochi-like sake is a must for those who like dry unpasteurized sake. Dry, crisp, tight, compact, and clean this cool cat is like liquid dryness. Huh? Dry water? Really? You bet, but don’t forget to look for subtle flavors such as apple, pear, dried trail mix fruit, and young mango in a flinty fluid rush. There is a touch of astringency “shibumi” that appeals to tannin lovers with an overall excellent dry quality that starts and finishes almost exactly the same. WORD: Dry WINE: Dry Tannin Reds/Crisp Mineral Whites BEER: Crisp Ales FOOD: Salty and savory grilled things from meat and fish to veggies and shellfish. (2021)