Nomidachi News Archive

May 2014

May 29
Greetings, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign    

We hope everyone enjoyed a fun and relaxing Memorial Day weekend, and we realize a lot of you are probably in catch-up mode as a result of the activities of the holiday, so we'll keep this brief and get right to it.

We're fast approaching our 7th anniversary at Sak� Nomi (the weekend of June 27-29 should be boisterous!), and related to that, we've got lots of new sake and tasting events with special guests to help commemorate the occasion.

We'll list some of the events happening in the next few weeks below, and we hope you'll join us as often as you can. 
Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko  
May 23
Hey There, Sake Lovers!Sake Nomi Display Sign

'Just a quick blast to wish everyone a fun & safe holiday weekend and to let you know it'll pretty much be business as usual down at Sake Nomi. 
We're pouring some extra delicious treats on the menu, and here's a bit of a rundown on some of the featured brews: 
Seikyo "Omachi" Namazake
This tokubetsu junmai is a limited seasonal release, and one of our most popular selections every Spring.  Our notes: 
"Soft & citrusy, with a luxurious, almost viscous mouthfeel.  Notes of grapefruit and lemonthroughout, 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." 

Denshin Haru "Spring" Junmai Ginjo
"This nama (unpasteurized) genshu
(undiluted) has a brilliant golden hue with a gorgeous floral and candied bouquet. Richly flavored, with intense ripe peach fruitiness on the palate. Viscous, almost syrupy texture is nicely contrasted with perfect acidity. Very limited production and distribution, so drink early and drink often!"

Hakkaisan logo Hakkaisan Shiboritate Genshu (Honjozo)  
"Clean, mild sea breeze aroma. Soft and clean flavors on the palate, with a hint of creaminess. Very faint sweetness is present, but tending toward dry in the finish, making this unpasteurized and undiluted beauty fresh and full, without the fruit."

Mark Your Calendar & Save the Date! 
June 4 (Wed.): Visiting Brewer Tasting with Masumi Masumi Arabashiri
Please join us in welcoming back Mr. Keith Norum, as he presents Masumi's wonderful line of premium sake.  We already carry a few, and Keith-san is said to be bringing some special treats not yet available in Washington.  From 5 pm.


Johnnie and Taiko Stroud
Sak� Nomi 
May 13
Greetings, Fellow Sake Drinkers!Sake Nomi Display Sign

As we alluded to in earlier missives, we have a terrific selection of new-to-Washington sake arriving for your tasting and purchasing pleasure, and we're featuring a few on the menu and during special tastings this week.
Here's a quick rundown of some of the things that'll be happening at Sake Nomi this week.
New Menu
Since we are usually closed on Monday, Tuesday is the day we reboot the tasting menu of the selections we offer by the glass.  This week we are super excited to be unveiling 3 sake just recently made available here in Washington.  They include:

Shichida Junmai (Saga prefecture)

Dark, greenish gold color. Fairly full mouthfeel, with mild apple sweetness and minerality on the palate, leading to a dry-ish finish. Stark green label is well-suited to the sak�'s overall impression.

Price: $48/720 ml bottle

Asahiyama Junmai (Niigata)
From the innovative (the first brewer to use stainless steel tanks in sake production) and much revered makers of the prestigious Kubota line of sake comes this workhorse of a junmai.  The super traditional label gives a hint of the nostalgic, somewhat austere style.  Great every day drinker, at a great price.
Price: $58/1.8L bottle; $28/720 ml
Denshin "Haru" Spring Release Namazake (Fukui)
One of the most gorgeous, richly flavored namazake (unpasteurized sake) we've had the pleasure to taste in recent years, this intensely fruity (think ripe peaches) sake is a beautiful brew in a beautiful package.  The super limited production and distribution means there are only about 50 or so bottles available, and we plan on pouring and selling as much as we can get our greedy mitts on.  Price: $48/720 ml bottle (10% discount for 6 or more)
(Note: We plan on getting a supplemental delivery of this sake on Friday, May 16, so if you'd like to order any, please contact us by Noon Thursday, May 15.)
Drink Local with Cedar River Brewing & Friends of the Cedar River Watershed: Thursday, May 15 from 5 pm
Bringing together owner/toji Jeff James and supporters of his Seattle sake's namesake watershed, this special tasting will feature 3 varieties of Cedar River sake, with a portion of the glass and bottle sales going to The Friends.  Come on out and help support this worthy cause and our beloved local brewer.
For you Facebookers, more details can be found here.
New Brews Tasting: May 16- 18 (Fri.- Sun.)
Coinciding with Seattle Beer Week, we will be featuring Hitachino Nest Dai Dai Ale and Iwate Kura Bakushu Oyster Stout.
In addition, we will be making available, for the first time in Washington, a terrific nama genshu (undiluted @ 19% ABV) from Hakkaisan.  A less sweet namazake, we think it is fresh and full, without the fruit.  A steal of a deal at $45/720 ml, too!

Thanks very much for reading, and we hope to see you soon at Sak� Nomi! 


Johnnie and Taiko Stroud
Sak� Nomi 
May 8
Konnichi wa, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign

As we gear up to embrace and celebrate our 7-year anniversary next month, we're realizing there's never been a better time to be a sak� drinker in Seattle.

Why's that?  Because right now we are in the process of "test driving"  a multitude of premium brews (yes, it's the toughest part of our job that we love the most)  that have never before been available in Washington.

So, over the next few weeks, there'll be a ton of great new sak� available on our shelves and at the bar.

We're unveiling a couple super savory selections this weekend (available for purchase by the glass and by the bottle), and here's a brief preview for you:

Kuroushi "Black Bull" Junmai Ginjo

Brewery: Nate (est. 1866)

Region: Wakayama

SMV: -3

Type/Polish Ratio: Junmai Ginjo/50%

Tasting Notes:
Dark, rich gold coloring. Vaguely sweet, floral aromas (Jazz says azuki beans). Soft and savory. A hearty, substantive sak� "with meat on its bones." Tending toward sweet, but nicely balanced with a dry-ish finish.  90% of this brewery's output is junmai and junmai ginjo grade sak�, and their overall average rice polishing rate is an impressive 57%.  Price: $48/720 ml bottle 

Shichida Junmai

Brewery: Tenzan (est. 1861)

Region: Saga

SMV: +2

Type/Polish Ratio: Junmai/65%

Tasting Notes:
Dark, greenish gold color. Fairly full mouthfeel, with mild apple sweetness and minerality on the palate, leading to a dry-ish finish. Stark green label is well-suited to the sak�'s overall impression.
Price: $48/720 ml bottle

Please let us know if you have any questions about these, or any other premium sak�.

Thanks very much for reading, and we hope to see you again soon at Sak� Nomi! 


Johnnie and Taiko Stroud
Sak� Nomi 
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