Hey There, Nomidachi!
'Just a quick TGIF shout-out to let you know about some seasonal treats we'll be featuring throughout the weekend.
So, now you have an idea of what you should be doing this weekend . . .
Kamikokoro Toukagen Shiboritate Tokubetsu Junmai Nama Genshu
One of our most popular seasonal releases! Notes of white, sweet peaches in the nose. Rich sweetness gives way to cinnamon-tinged spiciness riding on a pleasant viscosity. Brewed with yeast cultivated from peaches. Kamikokoro means "heart of the gods." $45/720 ml bottle
Harushika "Spring Deer" Shiboribana Junmai Ginjo Namazake
Slight yellow tint, with essence of strawberry and gardenia. Clean and vaguely citrus. Tingly and astringent character, with mineral notes in the somewhat dry finish. $44/720 ml bottle
Seikyo "Omachi" Namazake
Soft and citrusy, with a luxurious, almost viscous mouthfeel. Notes of grapefruit and lemon throughout, creating a wonderful, beguiling contrast between the sharpness of the acidic citrus elements and the silky texture. Traces of minerality and astringency on the edges make it an ideal pairing for oysters on the half-shell. $55/720 ml bottle
Kikusui Shinmai Shinshu Funaguchi (L'il Green Can)
A VERY, VERY, VERY LIMITED EDITION SEASONAL BREW (get it?), this is the little green unpasteurized can so many of you nomidachi familiar with the other versions of Kikusui canned goodness have been coveting for such a long, long time. It's brewed using newly harvested rice, and a Kikusui representative who dropped by the shop last week told us they only brew 2 batches of it a year. The Kikusui website charmingly calls it "Sake Nouveau."
$15/200 ml can (quantity discounts available)
Thanks & Kanpai!
Konnichi wa, Nomidachi!
We'll make this super short and sweet, but we just wanted you to know about some very special "raw" treats that we've just been informed will be available this weekend. And, by "available," we mean we'll be pouring and selling them!
Shichi Hon Yari "The Seven Spearsmen" Namazake Junmai
From one of the oldest (established circa 1540!) and smallest breweries in Japan, this rare brew is produced by a crew of 4 workers in the winter, immediately after fermentation is completed. The importer describes it this way: "The sake is layered with abundant flavors and aromas. Fresh, bright and dry, it has notes of ripe tropical fruits, and a luscious smooth texture."
To say it's rare is a bit of an understatement: There are 5 bottles available in Washington, at $45/720 ml. First come, first served, so if you're interested, please let us know by noon tomorrow, March 20.
Seikyo "Omachi" Namazake
We're thrilled to re-introduce one of our all-time favorite and best-selling Spring "seasonal release" namazake, Seikyo "Omachi" Namazake. Our notes on this timely treat are as follows:
Soft and citrusy, with a luxurious, almost viscous mouthfeel. Notes of grapefruit and lemon throughout, creating a wonderful, beguiling contrast between the sharpness of the acidic citrus elements and the silky texture. Traces of minerality and astringency on the edges make it an ideal pairing for oysters on the half-shell.
Price: $55/720 ml bottle (10% discount for 4 or more bottles)
Order: By noon tomorrow, 3/20
Availability: Friday, 3/21
Kotsuzumi Roho Hana Ari Junmai Daiginjo
'Don't know if you remember it, but we were able to introduce one of the gems of the sake world, Kotsuzumi Roho Hana Ari Junmai Daiginjo, back in October 2013.
An extremely refined, elegant, and limited (!) brew, it's especially well-suited to special occasions and celebrations, and Taiko and I were fortunate enough to enjoy a bottle for our February wedding anniversary.
The tasting notes look like this:
Kotsuzumi Rojo Hana Ari
Brewery: Nishiyama (est. 1874)
Grade/Polish Ratio: Junmai Daiginjo/50%Notes: Delicate gold coloring, with very floral, candied fragrances in the nose. Soft & clean, with a surprisingly satisfying dry finish. Elegant & sophisticated, but with substantial character, like a memorable party guest. A multiple international sake & wine competition award winner, it's been described as "perfection in a bottle." Terrific for special occasions & celebrations!
Yes, part of what makes this Kotsuzumi sake special, rare, and precious is the limited production and resultant pricing. As we mentioned back in October, it often sells for $200 and up in other markets, and we were able to initially offer Kotsuzumi Roho Hana Ari at $185/720 ml bottle here in Washington.
Here's where the super special deal comes into play. Once again, for a limited time, our distributor is making the sake available at a reduced price, and we're able to pass the savings along to you. To the tune of $125/720 ml bottle -- a reduction of $60!
But wait, there's more. For purchases of 3 or more bottles, we're able to get the price down to $110 each ($75 savings!).
Because this deal is predicated on us buying a significant quantity from the distributor next week, we're contacting you in hopes that this is a rare something-something you might be interested in, and we can harness the power of group purchasing to everyone's benefit.
I apologize for the urgent, last-minute nature of this missive (the distributor is looking to deliver to us next week), but if you'd like to secure a bottle (or 2 or 3 or 4 . . .) please let me know by Saturday, March 22.
Of course, if you have any questions or need any more information about this spectacular brew, please feel free to give me a shout @ 206-467-SAKE (that's 7253!) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks & Kanpai!
Konnichi wa, Nomidachi!Johnnie & Taiko
While there is nothing of Earth axis-tilting importance up our sleeves for the weekend, we are featuring some amazing, rare, delicious, and great "cost performing" sake on the menu, and we'd like to call your attention to a little gathering we have planned for Saturday evening, March 8.
While we admittedly let Mardi Gras slip by, we're attempting to make up for it by getting a jump on St. Patrick's Day. But, with a sake-related twist, of course.
Please join us this Saturday, March 8 for the next edition of the cross-cultural experiment we like to call "Triple G: Good Sake, Good Music & Good People." What's it all about? It's an Irish music "session," of course.
Nomidachi Bob has lined up a stellar assortment of distinguished musically-inclined friends and colleagues, and the craic promises to be lively.
The session will begin around 8 pm and continue until the players stop playing and the drinkers stop drinking.
We hope you'll join us.
Slainte & Kanpai!