Nomidachi News Archive

August 2015



August 26
Greetings, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign    

It suddenly feels as though summer is winding its way down, but we'll not surrender it quietly!

In order to ensure it goes out with a bang (as opposed to a whimper), we've got some super rare sake available for tasting and purchase over the next few days, and we'll be screening another modern classic Japanese film this weekend.

We've been operating on a somewhat irregular schedule of late (closed for business the last couple Tuesdays), and we appreciate your patience with any inconvenience it may have caused in your quest for premium sake.

We're back up to our usual hijinks now,  and we hope to see you soon.
         
Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko  
August 26
Rare, Delicious Sake Arrivals 
Come taste & purchase while you can!
 
We have some extremely rare namazake (unpasteurized sake) arriving today in very limited qualities.  Once we're open at 2 pm this afternoon, we suggest running (NOT walking) to the shop to get in on:

Eiko Fuji Namazake Junmai Ginjo
From the brewers of Saké Nomi favorite/workhorse Banryu ("10,000 Ways") this namazake will eventually be available year-round.  

However, it has not yet been added to our Washington distributor's portfolio, but they have sent us a "preview" batch from their Oregon warehouse.  

According to the importer, it is "yeasty on the nose; green apple and rock candy on the palate, with a soft, fading finish."  So delicious, I can't find my tasting notes on the sample we tried, which means we simply enjoyed it!   Only 6 bottles will be available in this initial shipment (first come, first served). 
 
Price: $68/720 ml bottle (Limit: One per customer, this time around.)


Denshin Natsu "Summer" Daiginjo Namazake
We're super excited to be able to get our hands on a case (12 bottles) of this extremely rare seasonal release.  From the brewers of the savory Haru "Spring" seasonal release namazake, Natsu is brewed with Yamada Nishiki rice milled to 50%, and the mash is pressed in a low-yielding gravity drip process known as fukuro tsuri (lit. "hanging bags").

According to the brewer, it has a "fruity aroma and transparent feeling when it goes down your throat."  That is a direct quote; we are not making this up.

Price: $60/720 ml bottle (Limit: Two per customer, this round)

August 26
Saké Nomi Cinema: Hanabi ("Fireworks")
Sat., August 29 @ 8 pm
     
Our next presentation in the seemingly endless series, "Movies To Drink Sake To," will be this Saturday, August 29 at 8 pm, when we present Hanabi ("Fireworks"), a 1997 film written, directed, and edited by "Beat" Takeshi Kitano.

In addition to the duties mentioned above, Kitano also created many of the paintings featured in the film's storyline.

Hanabi won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival and was an internationally acclaimed triumph for Kitano, especially after his infamous 1994 motor scooter accident, in which he was severely injured and badly damaged the left side of his face. 

We don't want to give the story away here, but we hope you'll take this opportunity to enjoy this rare film with us. (Good looking out by Nomidachi Leanne in snagging this now out-of-print copy!)
August 25
Greetings, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign     
 
We promise this has not become the new routine, but we just want to let you know that there's not much going on today because we are CLOSED.

We're sorry if we miss you, and we apologize for the inconvenience, but we will be back in action with a fantastic new menu tomorrow, August 26 from 2 pm.

We hope to see you then! 

Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko  
August 18
Greetings, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign     
 
This is just a few brief note to let you know that there's not much going on today because we are CLOSED.

We're sorry if we miss you, and we apologize for the inconvenience, but we will be back in action with a fantastic new menu tomorrow, August 19 from 2 pm.

We hope to catch up with you soon! 

Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko  
August 13
Konnichi wa, Nomidachi!Sake Nomi Display Sign    

This is just a quick note to let you know about a fun film and some interesting, delicious, and rare sake we'll be pouring throughout the weekend.

As always, thanks for your terrific support and friendship, and we hope to see you soon.
         
Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko  
August 13
Saké Nomi Cinema: Akakage ("Red Shadow")
Sat., August 15 @ 8 pm
     
From the wacky folks that brought you Saké Nomi favorite, Samurai Fiction, comes the somewhat related action comedy, Red Shadow (original Japanese title, Akakage).

We'll be screening this fun-filled feature this Saturday, August 15, beginning around 8 pm.

Come early, grab a good seat and some cool, fermented beverages, and settle in for an enjoyable, sake-fuelled evening.
August 13
Rare, Delicious Sake We're Pouring 
Per usual
 

We're fortunate to have a bunch of rare, delicious sake at our disposal, and we're eager to introduce them to you, be it by the glass, or by the bottle.  Some of the stuff we're featuring this weekend (beginning today) include:


 

Masumi Arabashiri Masumi Arabashiri

Our perennial best-selling "seasonal" namazake (unpasteurized).
 Our distributor has only a few cases left, and then this treat will be gone until next spring.


 

Shichi Hon Yari "The Seven Spearsmen"

Brewed by Shiga prefecture's Tomita Shuzo (est. 1540's), their crew of only 4 people produces only about 5000 cases of their entire lineup each year.


 

Kubota Ginjo Genshu

In it's premiere US release, quantities of this undiluted "cask strength" (19%) genshu are extremely limited, and this may be the last case we get our hands on this year.  At $45/720 ml bottle it's a real steal, too.


 

Wataribune "55"

Wataribune is an heirloom rice strain that is the "father" strain to the most famous sake rice, Yamada Nishiki.  In this unfiltered (not charcoal-filtered, that is) junmai ginjo, the rice is milled to 55% of its original size, and the sake gets its name from that, or that Sammy Hagar song.

August 6
Kubota Ginjo Genshu
It's more exclusive than we thought . . .
     
We were pleased to introduce Kubota Ginjo Genshu to the Seattle sake-loving masses last weekend and are continuing to feature it on this week's menu.

As we mentioned earlier, this sake is an "international exclusive limited edition," according to marketing materials passed along by the importer.

The importer made a quick surprise visit to Saké Nomi this week and let us know just how exclusive and limited this fantastic brew is.  'Seems it is an extremely limited summer seasonal release whereby we're only going to see a few cases in Seattle.


This +6 SMV (Sake Meter Value) genshu (undiluted) sake has a very faint golden tint and shows notes of Asian pear and cream in the nose.  Its soft, full mouthfeel begins mildly sweet and round, leading to a lingering genshu tingle in the finish.  At $45/720 ml bottle and $12/4 oz. glass, we also think it's going to be a very popular great value.

Bottom line:  Get in here and taste and buy this baby while you can!

August 6
Special Weekend Sake Tasting:  
Oze no Yukidoke Junmai Ginjo "Omachi"
 

Sometimes, our distributors list "special order" items in their catalog of sake offerings.

 

When we first introduced the delectable Oze no Yukidoke Junmai Ginjo "Omachi," our distributor didn't realize it was a "special order" item from the importer, and since we kind of fell in love with it, we promoted the heck out of it, quickly sold out, and became heartbroken when we learned it had such extremely limited availability.  That's the bad news.

 

Fortunately, we have some good news, too.  It's back, and we're featuring it during special tasting hours this weekend!


 

Rosy gold in the glass, and showing cantaloupe notes in the nose, it's semi-dry and somewhat herbaceous, with a mild sweetness and slight warmth in the finish.  The overall impression is clean and refined, but with substantial presence. 


 

We'd like to introduce you to this lovely sake this weekend at:


 

Friday (8/7): 5- 8 pm

Saturday (8/8): 2- 6 pm

Sunday (8/9): 2-6 pm


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