'Just another quick note to let you know about some events and changes taking place at the shop.
OPEN SUNDAYS @ NOON- 6 PM
Johnnie's finally feeling up to it, and we hope you are, too! If you're out and about this Sunday, please stop by and say "Hi," treat yourself to a taste, or grab a bottle to enjoy at home.
Saké Nomi Cinema & Sake Tasting: The Birth of Saké & Tedorigawa Saké
Saturday, April 23 @ 7 pm
Fresh off the international festival film circuit, director Erik Shirai's beautifully photographed film, The Birth of Saké, is an intimate look at some of the human dynamics involved in the physically and emotionally demanding premium sake brewing process.
During this event, we will be serving a couple varieties of Tedorigawa brand sake from the brewery featured in the film, Yoshida Brewery in Ishikawa prefecture.
Admission, of course, is FREE, and Tedorigawa sake (as well as the excellent selections from our "regular" weekly menu) will be available for purchase by the glass, flight, and bottle throughout the evening.
Saké from Earthquake-Stricken Kumamoto: Zuiyo
While we don't see that much sake imported from Kyushu, in general, and Kumamoto prefecture, in particular, some of our favorites are from that southern island.
Unfortunately, Kumamoto prefecture has recently been absolutely rocked by a couple large-scale earthquakes and the continuing aftershocks -- not to mention ensuing typhoon rains.
The Zuiyo brewery has suffered extensive damage and their staff is immersed in the arduous clean-up process. To honor their perseverance and expose more sake drinkers to their excellent brews, we'll be featuring their very economically priced ($30/720 ml; $15/300 ml) junmai "Lucky Hawk" throughout the weekend.
The name "Lucky Hawk" comes from a story about a hawk landing in the brewery on New Year's Day -- a sign of good luck that we hope will once again manifest itself and help these folks get through these very challenging circumstances.
Thanks very much for reading. We hope to greet you again at Saké Nomi soon.
Johnnie & Taiko
Konnichi wa, Nomidachi!
Here in Seattle, it feels like spring has finally sprung, and with the sunny days and blossoming trees, there's a feeling of rejuvenation and anticipation, and even hope (c'mon Mariners!).
Spring is also the time of year we begin seeing the super popular "seasonal release" unpasteurized namazake. We're currently featuring an intriguingly delicious one, and we've got more on the way in the coming weeks.
We also mention below some of our favorites that are now available on a limited basis or in a new economical and aesthetically pleasing format. There's nothing like opening your fridge and seeing a big, beautiful 1.8-liter bottle beckoning you!
On a personal note, Johnnie's post-surgery recovery continues to progress well, and your support has been invaluable and sincerely appreciated.
As ever, thanks very much for your friendship and patronage, and we hope you'll have a chance to stop by the shop soon so we can catch up.
Johnnie & Taiko
Special/Favorite Saké Available This Week
Seasonal Release: Kagatobi Muroka Nama (Ishikawa)
Very Limited Seasonal Release! Shiny gold in the glass, and the nose has notes of candied fruit and a hint of earthiness. It tastes intriguingly dry AND rich, even a bit spicy. It packs a genshu-esque (undiluted) punch at 18% ABV, but with a very soft, gentle mouthfeel. The combination of rich AND dry is what I find perhaps most unusual and satisfying about this great brew.
Price: $45/720 ml bottle
Isojiman Junmai Ginjo (Shizuoka)
I had the pleasure of drinking a bottle a few weeks ago, and it confirmed everything I thought: This sake is damn near perfect and definitely one of my "desert island" favorites.
Dassai “Otter Festival: 50” Junmai Daiginjo (Yamaguchi)