Noguchi Naohiko Hiyaoroshi
The nose on this professional single pasteurized seasonally released fall draft sake is a kick-butt collection of raisin, tree bark, grape, peanut butter, cream, popcorn, and nutty aromas. Say hello to a “sneaky” fall draft brew made by a master in Hiyaoroshi sake. How is it sneaky? Let’s say there is sneaky sweetness that isn’t sweet, a sneaky richness that isn’t that rich, and a sneaky umaminess that isn’t totally umami. It’s clever, it’s unique, and it’s all Noguchi, which means if you know – you know! Slippery, tingly, zesty, and frisky, it drinks lively but there is also lots of magic in this brew made with Gohyakumangoku brewing rice. Look for malted flavors like Whoppers™, peanut butter, cinnamon, candied ginger, sweet pepper, mint, holiday spice, butterscotch, burnt caramel, and toasted rice flavors that expand in a white wine glass. If you’ve never “Nogooched” before then this is your gateway chance! WORD: Sneaky WINE: Zesty Reds/Big Whites BEER: Xmas Ales FOODS: Almost anything from meat and stews to turkey Thanksgiving dinner.
The nose on this seasonally released Fall Draft sake is a stunning collection of apple pie, mint, crème brûlée lemon cake, pineapple, and steamed rice aromas. New to the US this legendary brewery makes a very special and drinkable sake that is a rich drinker’s dream come true. Smooth, round, chewy, velvety, and lush this semi-sweet brew has a warming brown sugar finish. Look for caramel, flan, burnt honey, cocoa, maple syrup, and oatmeal flavors that drink long and full in the palate. Made with Gohyakumangoku and sporting a 19% ABV, this sake drinks you as much as you drink it! Legendary and lush, don't forget to warm it. WORD: Lush WINE: Beefy Reds/Creamy Whites BEER: Belgian Ales FOODS: Full-Bodied Winter fare, soups, stews, pastas, roasts, meat and game. (2022)