Shichi Hon Yari Junmai Nama Genshu "The Seven Spearsmen"
The nose on this spring released seasonal sake is a unique collection of candy apple, ripe apple, steamed rice, and butterscotch aromas. Say hello to a gentle and even-keeled Nama that has an 18% alcohol content, but you would never know it. Smooth, round, semi thick and semi rich, this brew drinks juicy with a clever water play that bobbles in the palate. Look for hints of sweet rice, mango, ripe melon, apple, cherry, peach, and a tickle of citrus flavors with a gentle mineral finish. There is a touch of herbaceous qualities that drink grassy and green. All in all a very mellow Nama that is welcoming and fresh. WORD: Mellow WINE: Soft reds/Grassy Whites BEER: Light Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, clean white fish dishes, chicken, grilled veggies, steamed clams. (2021)
The nose on this seasonally released unpasteurized sake is a great collection of citrus, aloe, green grasses, herbal, and steamed rice aromas. My tasting notes read, “A very Nama Nama.” Huh? It seems of late, many so-called Nama sake drink more like pasteurized Ginjo sake, and that 3-D lively effect is missing. Not in this brew! No way. Spritzy, tingly, fritzy, effervescent, and lively this sake drinks exactly as it would if you pulled a cup out of the fermentation tank and that’s pretty cool. Zippy and fresh look for bright flavors such as peach, plum, young bamboo, mineral, mint, and yeasty steamed koji rice. If you want the fresh sake experience this brew gets you as close as you can get in your glass and palate. This year’s Shichi Hon Yari is a great drinking experience. WORD: Lively WINE: Beaujolais/Bright Whites BEER: Crisp Ales FOODS: International spice, salty and savory fare, seasoned boiled shrimp, Gumbos, fruit salads. (2020)