Saké Nomi logo Nomidachi News • Vol. 4.5 • November 20, 2007
Saké Happenings:

>New Extended Hours: Now Open 'til 8 p.m.
>New Saké Arrivals

>Saké Nomi Gift Sets

Dear Nomidachi:

Greetings from Saké Nomi!

We'll make this brief, since this isn't intended to be a full-blown newsletter, but more of a "shout out" to keep you apprised of recent developments. We also just want to let you know that we're here for you during this busy time of year!

In this quick note, we mention our extended hours, some yummy new saké arrivals, and some creative saké gift set options.

While we have much to be thankful for throughout the year, during this "season of thanks," we're especially appreciative of our great friends (and we consider ALL our customers friends!) who've helped support us in our mission to promote saké and its culture at Saké Nomi.

Thank you so very much!!


Johnnie & Taiko


Saké Nomi's Extended Hours of Operation:
Come Get Your Saké Drink On: Noon- 8 p.m., Tues.- Sat.!

Yes, Nomidachi, we've heard the whimpering, and just to show you we're sensitive to your saké consuming needs, we're happy to announce that we are extending our hours of operation. The revised schedule is:

Noon- 8 p.m., Tues.- Sat.
Noon- 7 p.m., Sun.
Closed Monday

That's 5 -- count 'em, 5! "bonus" hours of saké-related fun each week! This should, hopefully, make it more convenient for folks to drop in after work. However, if you can't get down here by 7:30 p.m. or so, you're probably working too hard! Tell the boss to give you a break! Better yet, bring the boss in with you! We'll let the saké work its magic during the year-end bonus negotiations . . .

New Saké Arrivals:
New Saké and New Bottle Sizes, With More to Come!

Here at Saké Nomi we're always working to expand our selection of premium imported Japanese saké, and we're excited to announce the recent arrival of some new brews! Realizing the 1.8L "big boy" bottles are sometimes a challenging purchase, we've also managed to get some of our most popular glass pour saké in the convenient 720 ml bottle size. Coincidentally, all the selections below make pretty fine accompaniments to turkey . . .

Minenohakubai "White Plum Blossom"
Brewery: Fukui (est. 1639)
Region: Niigata
SMV: +4
Type/Polish Ratio: Tokubetsu Junmai
Tasting Notes: Saké Nomi's newest addition, and featured on this week's glass pour menu! Grains and wood notes in nose. Quiet impact, light mouthfeel, and soft texture. Grainy flavor with faint bitterness on edges. Sweetness up front, fading to subtle dryness and faint spice in the finish. More umami and depth than most "light and dry" Niigata saké.

Ichinokura "Ace Brewery"
Brewery: Ichinokura (est. 1973)
Region: Miyagi
SMV: +2
Type/Polish Ratio: Junmai
Tasting Notes: Earthy, grassy fragrance. Quiet impact, with solid acidity and underlying sweetness. Straightforward, with slight earthiness and an unassuming, almost feminine presence. A versatile match with a wide variety of food, this saké from Japan's Northeast region is one of Johnnie's personal favorites. The brewery name originates from when 4 breweries, with histories of 70- 300 years, joined forces to form one company in 1973. Now available in 720 ml bottle.

Sawanoi "Fountain of Tokyo"
Brewery: Ozawa (est. 1702)
Region: Tokyo
SMV: +3
Type/Polish Ratio: Ginjo
Tasting Notes: Fruity, floral aromas give way to dry, well-balanced, and savory flavor. Smooth, light, and delicate, with a pleasant citrus-like acidity. The only saké brewed in Tokyo! Now available in 720 ml bottle.

Masumi "Mirror of Truth"
Brewery: Miyasaka (est. 1662)
Region: Nagano
SMV: +5
Type/Polish Ratio: Junmai Ginjo/55%
Tasting Notes: Clean, dry, and well-balanced, with fine acidity and sweetness. Complex fragrance and flavorful tail. One of the stars of Saké Nomi's popular brewing video! Now available in 720 ml bottle.

Nishinoseki "Champion of the West"
Brewery: Kayashima (est. 1873)
Region: Oita
SMV: -3
Type/Polish Ratio: Junmai/58%
Tasting Notes: Grass, mint, and dairy in nose. Smooth, full, rich, and round, with good balance. A solid, strong, masculine presence, yet the mouthfeel is pleasantly soft. Solid acidity and pleasingly sweet. A versatile champion, indeed! Now available in 720 ml bottle.

Kariho Namahage "Devil's Mask"
Brewery: Akita Seishu (est. circa 1900)
Region: Akita
SMV: +17
Type/Polish Ratio: Junmai/60%
Tasting Notes: Deep, rich, and full-bodied. Round sweetness and refreshing acidity for superb balance. Not as "extremely dry" as the +17 SMV would lead you to believe. A rare import to the U.S., since 90% of the saké produced in Akita prefecture never leaves - they drink it locally! Now available in 720 ml bottle.


Saké Nomi Gift Sets:
Customized to your requirements and budget!

If you find yourself in a difficult spot, trying to figure out what sort of present a saké lover in your life might enjoy, consider dropping in and having us prepare a personalized gift set.

Just let us know what sort of general level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced) the person is in his/her saké appreciation, and we'll be glad to help you put something together.

Consider pairing one of our Saké Nomi "bonus bags" with a book, some saké cups or glasses, a hat or a t-shirt, and a bottle or two. The bags are great because they're made of earth-friendly jute, they're reusable, and every time you fill it with six bottles (of any size), you get our 6-bottle "case" discount of 10%. It really is the gift that keeps on giving!

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