Ama no To Tokubetsu Junmai Nama "Heaven's Door"
The nose on this limited and specially released seasonal unpasteurized “Nama” is a mild collection of green apple, grape, green grass, and steamed rice aromas. In a word, this “new” or “fresh” sake is bright, crisp, lively, and brash. Heaven’s Door is very much in this realm of clean drinking and zesty sake that zips through the palate in a dry and crisp fashion leaving your senses peaked and charged for layers of green flavors such as kiwi, Granny Smith apple, green grape, young melon, and persimmon. There is a little tingle in each sip reminding you that this sake is as fresh as it gets with hints of young pear and a subtle astringent “Shibumi” that speaks to wine drinkers. It’s a lively and gripping glimpse into freshly released sake that is made to tingle the senses and hit all of those fresh flavors that only rice and water can achieve. WORD: Fresh WINE: Zesty Reds/Crisp Whites BEER: Crisp Ales FOODS: Oysters, shellfish, Yakitori, grilled anything, salty and savory, American sushi. (2022)
The nose on this seasonally released Nama is a cool collection of cucumber, cooked pear, apple, and steamed rice aromas. Smooth, round and semi-thick it’s so nice to have this Heaven’s Door back in the store. Talk about great unpasteurized sake this Ama no to have it all! It’s a little dry, which is rad for a crisp and lively Nama. Look for hints of pear, cooked apple compote, banana, and other tropical fruit tones. Very velvety with a good body and a tasty mineral water undertone that again finishes dry and refreshing. If you’re good at spelunking for flavors see if you can pull the mineral, green apple, and apricot flavors that lay hidden under the expressive and complex fluid. WORD: Dry WINE: Crisp Reds/Flinty Whites BEER: Crisp Ales FOODS: Veggies, salads, sushi and sashimi, grilled fare. (2020)