Nomidachi News Archive

August 2014



August 29
Konnichi wa, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign

We know many of you are already on your way to enjoying an extended holiday weekend, and we just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know we'll be here for your sake needs, though Saturday, August 30 we'll be operating under modified hours.

It'll look something like this:

Today, Friday, August 29: 2- 10ish pm

Saturday, August 30: Noon- 4 pm
(It's perfectly fine to drink sake in the afternoon.  Really.)

Sunday, August 31: Noon- 6ish pm


Sake to me

We hope you'll have a chance to stop by and try some of the new and seasonal brews we're featuring, and we hope you'll enjoy a safe, fun-filled weekend with family and friends.

Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie and Taiko

August 21
Konnichi wa, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign

'Just a quick blast to alert you to some special sake we'll be pouring throughout the weekend.

We hope you'll have a chance to stop by and join us for a taste!


New Sake Arrival: Tensei
 "Song of the Sea"  

We're super excited to introduce this delicious junmai ginjo from Kanagawa prefecture's Kumazawa Brewery.  Established in 1872, the brewery has been under the same family's ownership for 13 generations.  "Song of the Sea" refers to the brewery's seaside location, and since that area has a reputation of being a laid-back surfer destination, it seems seasonally appropriate as we approach the end of another mellow and magnificent Seattle summer.

  

Summer Release Namazake: Nearly Gone!

We've managed to score a few more bottles of the two remaining varieties (Tsukasabotan and Dewanoyuki) from this year's summer release, and we'll keep pouring them 'til they're gone.


 

Here's a quick reminder of the tasting notes:


 

 
Tsukasa Reika Tsukasabotan "Senchu Hassaku Reika Nama" Junmai (Kochi)              

The "glacier sak�," from a brewery established in 1603. Soft and light with mild fruit notes of lychee and melon. The overall impression is "clean and cool." Long, lingering finish begins dry, but has a burst of fruit at the end. The limited run of 1500 bottles was aged at -5� C.

Price: $50/720 ml bottle.





Dewanoyuki Tokubetsu Junmai Nama Genshu 

(Yamagata)                

Faint golden tint. Soft and melting mouthfeel, with a hint of tingly cinnamon spice. Fairly sweet, and definitely displaying a rich, savory umamiPrice: $40/720 ml bottle.

Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie and Taiko

August 12
Greetings Fellow Sake Enthusiasts!Sake Nomi Display Sign

We've got some fun things going on this week, including tasting some very special arrivals, and welcoming back honored guests for an evening of terrific sake, live Irish music, and the best yakitori in Seattle.

Let's get to it! 

This Week's Menu  

Included in this week's glass pour selections are a "cask-strength" genshu from Niigata (available once again after a 4-year absence due to distribution complications), an elegant and umami-laden junmai daiginjo, and a couple of fantastic honjozo.  Well over 80% of all sake brewed in Japan is made with the addition of distilled "brewer's alcohol," and these honjozo are terrifically tasty examples of why that's not necessarily a bad thing.

  

Limited Summer Release Namazake Tasting

Fri.- Sat., August 15-16  

Just in time for the tail end of summer, these extremely rare, limited production namazake (unpasteurized sake) will arrive Friday afternoon, and we'll be pouring them 'til the bottles run dry.

  

Since availability is so limited (only a few cases in the Seattle market!!), the best way to ensure you get to enjoy these warm weather treats is to order a bottle (or 2 or 3).  

  

The tasting notes and pricing details are as follows:

 

 
Tsukasa Reika Tsukasabotan "Senchu Hassaku Reika Nama" Junmai (Kochi)              

The "glacier sak�," from a brewery established in 1603. Soft and light with mild fruit notes of lychee and melon. The overall impression is "clean and cool." Long, lingering finish begins dry, but has a burst of fruit at the end. The limited run of 1500 bottles was aged at -5� C.

Price: $50/720 ml bottle.





Oyama "Nama" Tokubetsu Junmai Nama (Yamagata)                             

Slight golden hue. Soft, round mouthfeel, with flavors of cinnamon and apples. Clean, soft, and mellow, with a touch of minerality. Oyama means, "big mountain," so enjoy the ascent!

 

Price: $45/720 ml bottle. 
 

Dewanoyuki Tokubetsu Junmai Nama Genshu 

(Yamagata)                

Faint golden tint. Soft and melting mouthfeel, with a hint of tingly cinnamon spice. Fairly sweet, and definitely displaying a rich, savory umamiPrice: $40/720 ml bottle.
 

If you're interested in purchasing any (or all!) of these sake, please contact us ASAP and no later than by noon Thursday, August 14 for Friday, August 15 availability.

  

 

New Sake Tasting
Nanbu Bijin Sugar-Free Umeshu 
Fri.- Sat., August 15-16  
Here's your chance to taste a brew that's recently taken the sake world by storm: Nanbu Bijin (Southern Beauty) Sugar-Free Umeshu.

While it's true that most umeshu ("plum sake") is made with copious amounts of sugar, this version from one of Iwate prefecture's most highly awarded breweries uses real plums and junmai "all koji" sake to bring forth natural sweetness and richness.

We've been waiting a long time for this sake to become available in Washington, and we're excited to share it with you.  We hope you can swing by for a taste or stop in to pick up a bottle.
Price: $52/720 ml bottle. 
 
   
 
Irish Fiddle
Sake & Irish Music Session
Saturday, August 16 from 8 pm
You might not believe it, but due to popular demand (and just because we can), our cross-cultural experiment continues with our next live Irish music & sake "session" on Saturday, August 16.
 
The music will start around 8 pm, Umami Kushi will be joining us with a fantastic menu, featuring skewers of chicken thigh, hearts, and eringi (king oyster) mushrooms, to further delight and confuse enthusiastic "regulars" and passersby alike.
 
We're expecting a pretty full house for this "session," so please come early to grab a good seat and a few drinks.

Sunday, August 17: CLOSED 
We're anticipating kind of a late night on Saturday (you know how those sake-drinking musicians can be), so we'll be taking a "mental wellness" day on Sunday to regroup with our family and, hopefully, enjoy a lovely summer day in this amazing environment. 

Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie and Taiko

August 5
Konnichi wa, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign

As is our weekly custom, the new glass pour menu is initiated today, featuring some very tokubetsu ("special") selections, and we hope you'll have a chance to stop by and do some tasting.

We've also got a few special sales and activities going on:


Special Sake at Some Very Special Prices

We want to let you in on some good deals on some very special sake.  They're ones that are near and dear to our hearts, so we're excited to be able to get them at a discount from our distributor and pass those savings along to you.  Our distributor is offering us a discount based on volume, so we're hoping to harness some group purchasing power with your kind cooperation.


 

The tasting notes and pricing details are as follows:


 

Born Gold Born "Gold" Junmai Daiginjo

Brewery: Katou Kichibee (est. 1860)

Region: Fukui

SMV: +1

Type/Polish Ratio: Junmai Daiginjo/50%

Tasting Notes: Brilliant, shiny gold color due to lack of charcoal filtration. Cinnamon and candied ginger in the nose. Full, soft, voluptuous mouthfeel. Good balance of all flavors, with hints of apple, cinnamon, and sweet dough/pastry on the palate. Dry finish with a trace of ginger.  Aged for a year at -10 degrees Celsius!  Elegant, with definite umami, and an outstanding value for such a delicately crafted junmai daiginjo! 


 

Price: Was $50/720 ml, Now $42 ($40/bottle for orders of 4 or more)


 


 

Hakkaisan Honjozo

Brewery: Hakkai (est. 1922) Hakkaisan Honjozo

Region: Niigata

SMV: +5

Type/Polish Ratio:Honjozo/55%

Tasting Notes: Smooth and balanced.  Soft and light, yet rich in umami.  Ripe persimmon and pumpkin notes in nose.  A subtle sweetness makes it drink sweeter than the +5 SMV suggests.  Consistently ranked in the top 5 most popular honjozo in sake pubs throughout Japan (and Johnnie's favorite honjozo!), though due to limited production and distribution, Hakkaisan is difficult to acquire, and in Seattle you can only get it one place . . .


 

Price: Was $48/720 ml, Now $40 ($38/bottle for orders of 4 or more)


 

If you're interested in purchasing either (or both!) of these sake, please contact us ASAP and by noon Thursday, August 7 for Friday, August 8 availability.



Meet the Distributor Sake Tasting
Featuring Sake from Niigata and Kochi prefectures
Friday, August 8 @ 5- 8 pm 
We're excited to welcome back Yuji Murai from Orcas Distributing for a special tasting this Friday night, August 8, from 5 pm.

Yuji-san will be presenting sake from Niigata and Kochi prefectures, both of which have a reputation for producing drier, cleaner styles.  Being able to taste a handful side-by-side will show how these sake both compliment and contrast with one another.

Scheduled selections to be sampled include:
*Nyukon "Into Your Soul" Tokubetsu Honjozo
*Manotsuru "Four Diamonds" Junmai Ginjo Genshu
*Ten to Chi "Heaven & Earth" Junmai Daiginjo
*Akitora "White Tiger" Junmai Ginjo
*Bijofu "The Gentleman" Junmai

Tasting will start around 5 pm, and the fee is $10/person (gladly waived with any glass pour/bottle/merchandise purchase).



Irish Fiddle
Sake & Irish Music Session
Saturday, August 16 from 8 pm
You might not believe it, but due to popular demand (and just because we can), our cross-cultural experiment continues with our next live Irish music & sake "session" on Saturday, August 16.

The music will start around 8 pm, and we're hoping to have some tasty treats from Umami Kushi available from around 7 pm to further delight and confuse enthusiastic "regulars" and passersby alike.

These gatherings continue to just get better and better, and we hope you'll have a chance to join us this time 'round and check it out.

Thanks for reading, and thank you for your continued support.

Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie and Taiko

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