Konnichi wa, Nomidachi! |
While it's hard for us to believe we've passed almost a TWELFTH (Warning: there may be a bit of a theme in this newsletter) of the new year already, we're SUPER excited about some of the sake-related stuff that's already going down.
We think 2015's going to be pretty great, and this brief note will mention a few treats we're happy and proud to be able to share with you.
Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
CLOSED: "Super Sunday," February 1
Keeping with our custom of being closed on America's undeclared national holiday, this Sunday, Feb. 1, we will be at home, doing some delicious "R&D," and cheering on the Seahawks.
Please note that we will also be CLOSED Feb. 2-4 to rest, recuperate, re-focus, and celebrate some personal milestones.
So, while we will probably be open fairly late on Saturday, January 31 (featuring some special tastings mentioned below), we won't be back in action at the shop until Thursday, Feb. 5. We'll send out some reminder Facebook notifications next week, too.
We hope you'll stop in to catch up and have a taste this week! To paraphrase Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch at Super Bowl "Media Day:" We're just here so you don't get thirsty.
Sake Tasting: Isojiman JG & Dewzakura "Omachi"
Fri.- Sat., January 30-31
On our "wish list" for a long time, we managed to get our hands on the first shipment of Isojiman Junmai Ginjo in 2013, and we received just a couple deliveries in 2014.
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 (5% discount on 4 bottles, 10% bottles on 6 bottles); $18/4 oz. glass
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 Thursday, Jan. 29 (phone: 206-467-7253/e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), and we'll secure you a stash!
Another new favorite we're please to continue pouring this weekend is the delightful Dewazakura "Omachi" Junmai Ginjo from Yamagata prefecture.
Just as wine drinkers surely develop a preference over time for a certain variety of grape, Johnnie seems to favor sake made with Omachi rice -- one of the few pure "heirloom" varieties of sake rice.
Dewazakura Omachi Junmai Ginjo is greenish gold in appearance and the nose features notes of minerals, earthiness, and candied melon. It's soft and silky, and while the impression on the palate is one of pronounced fruitiness, with melon and citrus accents, it finishes dry. Overall, it is semi-dry, thus lending itself to "session" drinking, where it is neither overwhelming nor pedestrian.
We'll be featuring Dewazakura Omachi Junmai Ginjo by the glass at the bar and will have a limited number of bottles available for retail purchase ($90/1.8L --only available in the ultra-economical, SUPER celebratory "big boy" size, for the time being) and we hope you'll have a chance to stop by and treat yourself to a taste.
Greetings, Nomidachi! |
If our paths have not yet crossed in 2015, Happy New Year's to you and yours.
We anticipate 2015 being a pretty eventful and exciting year, and we're looking forward to introducing many brand new-to-Washington sake in the weeks and months ahead.
Thanks again for your wonderful support and friendship in the years leading up to where we are now. We look forward to sharing some drinks and laughs with you throughout the rest of the year.
Arigato & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko