Nomidachi News Archive

October 2014



October 30
Greetings, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign

We wrap up "Sak�toberfest" this weekend with the return of some dearly missed friends and a multitude of fantastic sake selections, both on the menu(s) and on the shelves.


Kansuke-kun is in the House!
Kansuke Back by popular demand (let's just say a few folks have been rather persistent), and the cycle of the seasons, we've busted out the kansuke sake warmer from its warm-weather hibernation, and we're glad to offer high-quality kanzake (warm sake) to friends in need of something to take the chill off.

As if to prove there is some kind of method to our madness, most of this week's sake selections on the glass pour menu are ones that can "go both ways" -- that is to say, they can be enjoyed at both warmer or colder temperatures.


 

In addition, we're pleased to welcome back an all-time favorite Kasumi Tsuru Kimoto ExDrykanzake candidate, Kasumi Tsuru Kimoto Extra Dry.  Don't let the "extra dry" in the name fool you, though.  This honjozo is full-bodied and deep-flavored, with caramel aroma and mild banana sweetness, while its lingering, citrusy acidity makes it a bit tangy and spicy.  My notes say, "excellent 'session' sake," and yes, that's a euphemism for binge drinking.  'Might also be a good candidate for this weekend's Seahawks game . . .


 

 

Houraisen "Wa" Junmai Ginjo

One of my "desert island" sake, for sure, but since we carry so many damn good ones, this one slipped from my radar until my distributor gently reminded me that he has a few bottles he's been holding for Sak� Nomi (it's one of those exclusive deals).


 

Houraisen Wa From Aichi prefecture Houraisen "Wa" ("Harmony") is soft, full, rich, and mildly sweet, with a gentle acidity.  It's a great example of a sake that shows a lot of fruit (definitely a grape thing going on there), yet it is not unpleasantly or cloyingly sweet.  A mellow sake that is meant of slow, relaxed enjoyment (good luck with that!), the "wa" in the name means "harmony," and comes from the proverb, "Harmony produces good sake."


 

Normally priced at $65/720 ml bottle, we're able to offer the last few of this batch at $60 each, and we'll be pouring it (while supplies last) this Friday-Saturday for $16/4 oz.  It's first come, first serve, so don't snooze and lose on this one!


 


 


 


 

Sunday, November 3: CLOSED

While we don't begrudge them their success, and we hope they're pulling it together for another championship run, the Seahawks don't do us any favors, business-wise, when they're playing at home, just down the street.


 

As such, we'll be CLOSED this Sunday, watching the game and multi-tasking with some delicious home-based sake research and development.


 

Go 'Hawks!


Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie and Taiko

October 17
Greetings, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign

Continuing through the autumnal season we call "Sak�toberfest," we're pleased to announce an abundant harvest of great sake.

With more wonderful new and seasonal brews arriving every day, this weekend we unveil a couple special menus that allow us to share our good fortune with our sake-loving friends.

So, in addition to our fantastic weekly rotating menu, beginning today we will also be offering a selection of namazake (which unlike some "seasonal" unpasteurized releases will be available by the glass and by the bottle year-round), as well as a variety of can sake -- that's right, sake that comes in a can, because, you know, we can.

We hope you'll join us for a taste soon.

Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie and Taiko

October 3
Greetings, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign

We kicked off the month we've dubbed "Sak�toberfest" with a fantastic tasting event on the eve of "Sak� Day," (Oct. 1) and our sincere thanks goes out to all who attended and made it a memorable welcome for our Japanese guests.

This weekend we're featuring some extra special brews, which include:

Aiyu Junmai Shiboritate Honnama Genshu
While that's easy enough for us to say, a lot of information is in that rather long-winded name.

Junmai: Normally inferring that the rice used to brew the sake is milled to at least 70% of its original size, the Gohyakumangoku rice used in this brew was milled to the junmai daiginjo level of 50%!


 

Shiboritate: "Freshly pressed."  I'll say -- this sake was bottled and shipped in July!


 

Honnama: This is a funny, kind of redundant term meaning "real(ly) unpasteurized," to distinguish it, we suppose, from those sake that are pasteurized once or even twice (the industry norm).


Genshu: "Cask strength," or "undiluted."  At 17-18% alcohol, let's just say it makes its presence felt.


 

Our tasting notes:  A rich sunflower gold coloring, with mildly sweet fruity notes (white peach, lychee, nectarine) in the nose.  Soft, luxurious mouthfeel with a tingling (piri piri, in Japanese) effervescence. Elements of fruity sweetness, tartness, and minerality are expressed, with mild dryness and astringency in the finish.  Terrific balance of flavor, and definite umami.

Price: $50/720 ml bottle; $15/4 oz. glass


 

Since we sold the first case-and-a-half of Aiyu before it even arrived, you can still be one of the first folks in Washington to be able to taste it for yourself, so come on down!


 


 


 

Gouriki Muroka Namazake

This was one of the beauties that was featured and subsequently sold out during Tuesday's "Meet the Brewers" tasting.

 

Our notes:

Very rich marigold coloring with candied tropical fruit (pineapple,
mango) in the nose.  Bold, yet soft, with a chewy, full mouthfeel and pleasant viscocity.  Surprisingly dry finish.

Price: $55/720 ml bottle; $15/4 oz. glass


 


 

Isojiman Junmai Ginjo

On our "wish list" for a long time, we managed to get our hands on the first shipment of Isojiman Junmai Ginjo last autumn.  It is

a dark straw/hay colored sake, featuring aromas of apple, grape, and a bit of dates.  Its super full, plump mouthfeel is nicely contrasted with absolutely perfect acidity. Drinking somewhat fruitier than what its +5 SMV would lead you to believe, this sake is very well-suited to wine drinkers who may not yet have been exposed to premium sake.  Quite simply, Isojiman Junmai Ginjo is one of the best sake we've tasted in the last couple years.

Price: $62/720 ml bottle; $18/4 oz. glass


 

Isojiman JG Due to limited availability (this is the first time in a year we've beenable to get our hands on it!), we only have access to a couple cases of this sake, and it will be certainly be snapped up quickly by alert (and thirsty!) nomidachi this year.  Since we just found out about its availability last night, we'll have a few bottles knocking about the shop this weekend and will plan on receiving another delivery Tuesday, October 7.  

 

We hope you'll have a chance to stop by and taste Isojiman Junmai Ginjo for yourself this weekend, but if you don't and would still like to reserve a bottle or two, please get in touch by noon Monday, Oct. 6 (phone: 206-467-7253/e-mail: info@sakenomi.us), and we'll secure you a stash!


 

And, back by popular demand:


 

Hitachino Nest Dai Dai Ale

During her trip to Japan last April, Taiko had the good fortune of meeting with the kind folks at Kiuchi Shuzo, brewers of Kikusakari sake and Hitachino Nest beer.  She came back raving about this delicious beer, brewed with mikan oranges native to Ibaraki prefecture.  There's not much of this beer available here in Washington, but we have a couple cases that arrived yesterday, so please don't miss the opportunity to quaff a few. 



Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie and Taiko

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