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DEN Junmai NamaNA31

Batch#3
The nose on this locally made craft sake is a gentle collection of vanilla, steamed rice, wood paddle, citrus, and veggies. Welcome to a rich and round unpasteurized sake with a tantalizing acidity that plays differently in different sized glasses. There are gentle hints of melon, honey, sweet rice, and some say watermelon. A larger vessel like a white wine glass actually smoothes out the brew and brings forth a little more fruit tones like strawberry and honeydew, and a smaller O-choko lets you focus on the lively and bright acidity.  The structure of this sake makes for a great food pairing partner, as the acidity gives it depth and great spontaneity to adapt to large and complex fare. Local sake with a Japanese sake backbone! WORD: Rich WINE: Deep Reds/Vast Whites BEER: Belgian Ales FOODS: Cuisine with attitude, complexity, and filled with international creativity.

Batch#2
The nose on the second offering from this brand new brewery is an elegant collection of green apple, sweet tea, lemon peel, with a hint of herbs and banana aromas. Welcome to the second successful offering from Yoshi and Lani’s Oakland kura (brewery). This is a very flavorful nama sake that is bright in the palate and layered with very nice balance. Smooth, round, and with a fun acidity play that is excitement in a glass. Look for white grape, apple, and melon flavors that are buoyant in the mouth, and as the fluid warms a nice koji rice flavor with hints of honey emerge. Lower in alcohol at 14% but larger in smiles this local brew is a great sake to taste brewery to household freshness. WORD: Balanced WINE: Zesty Reds/Crisp Whites BEER: Crisp Ales FOODS: Fresh flavors from the sea and sky.

Batch#1
The nose on this small brewery craft sake is made up of green apple, powder sugar, sweet corn, and melon aromas. First of all, I LOVE typing Oakland for this review! Secondly, this sake drinks like any sake that you would find made by the best breweries in Japan. You are not “taking a chance” on this sake, but you are missing a chance to taste an excellent Muroka Nama Junmai if you don’t. Den drinks round, smooth, and full of rich flavors on a lively fluid that is very well balanced. Look for hints of vanilla, steamed rice, asian apple pear, and a lick of honey. There is a very nice acidity play that makes the sake pop even though it is on the rich side. This bright flavor full-bodied brew does well in a white wine glass, and it is lower in alcohol at 14%. WORD: Rich WINE: Deep reds/ Complex whites BEER: Full-Bodied Ales FOODS: Full-bodied fare, meats, fowl, game, international spice.

Prefecture: Oakland, California
SMV: +5
Acidity: 2.0
Size
Cost
Quantity
500ml
$29.00

Note: Because namas are unpasteurized, they must be kept chilled. We will only ship out these types of sake under your own risk. We highly recommend store pick-up or local delivery only which you can select when you go to checkout. All sales are final for Nama items once they leave our store.

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