Nomidachi News Archive

November 2017



November 29

Hello, Nomidachi!


We're turning the corner and hitting the home stretch as 2017 soon comes to a close.  What a year!  We don't know about you, but we count on good sake to sustain us, and we hope that as the madness of the year-end holidays intensifies, you, too, will make time to share a glass or three with friends and family.


Weekend Hours
Friday, 12/1: 2- 10 pm
Sat., 12/2: 1- 5 pm
(
CLOSED from 6 pm for a private event)
Sun., 12/3:
CLOSED, but Go Seahawks!!



New & Seasonal Sake of Note

In addition to some of the really special sake we mentioned last week (with reminders below), we're pleased to announce the return of Saké Nomi gift cards.  Available in amounts of $50 or more, they can be used for the purchase of store merchandise, as well as glasses and flights of sake at the bar.


Saké Nomi gift cards:  When you care about someone just enough to make them come down to see us and pick out their own PERFECT gift!  That's the holiday spirit!

 





Harushika (“Spring Deer”) Funa Kake Shizuku Sake
Pear juice-like coloring, with floral, minty, and mineral notes in the nose.  Soft, velvety full mouthfeel.  Karachi (“dry”), with a spicy, warm finish.  A shizuku sake, instead of being pressed at the end of the brewing process, the mash was allowed to freely “gravity drip.”
Price: $125/720 ml bottle
Availability: 2 bottles

 

Hakkaisan Yukimuro Junmai Ginjo
As you may be aware, Hakkaisan is one of the most famous and revered brand names in the Japanese sake brewing world.  Their sake are consistently among the most popular and highly rated brews in sake specialty pubs throughout the country.  The visit to their breweries in Niigata was a definite highlight of our recent Japan trip.

A yukimuro is a snow igloo of sorts that has been used for centuries as a method to preserve foods year-round.  Hakkaisan has matured this junmai ginjo in their yukimuro at an approximate temperature of 3 degrees Celsius for three years (next to a 1,000 ton pile of snow!).  It tastes like divinely delicate and mildly fruity melting snow.

More details about the sake can be found here: http://www.hakkaisan.com/our-products/junmai-ginjo-hakkaisan-yukimuro-chozo-3-years/

Price: $110/720 ml bottle
Availability: approx. 24 bottles

 

 

Shichi Hon Yari Shizuku Junmai Daiginjo
We’ve been trying to get our hands on this one for years!  Our first few bottles are being delivered this weekend.

From the importer's website:

"Tamazakae is highly polished, and slowly fermented at lower temperature. Only let it dropped by gravity after fermentation. Only small amount can be collected by this pressing method, and this is a limited item. Clear and well balanced sake because no pressure is added when pressed. Serve slightly chilled. Drink this sake by itself is good as well as having it with lightly prepared food."


You know what they mean.

Price: $110/500 ml bottle
Availability: In store now!


Eiko Fuji Junmai Ginjo Namachozo (once pasteurized)

We had the pleasure of tasting this one a few years ago and have anxiously anticipated its arrival to our state ever since. (From the same brewer as Saké Nomi favorite, Banryu "10,000 Ways."  Also, please note that the version we get in the US is the namachozo, meaning it has been pasteurized just once.)

Our notes: "Brand new to Washington!  Savory candied fruit notes of green apple, papaya, and banana.  Fruit forward, but with a dry finish.  Undergoing just one pasteurization (most sake is pasteurized twice), it's soft, light, and "zingy" (according to Taiko)."

From the importer's website:
"This sake is available all year-round. Nothing is wasted, each unconsumed sample bottle gets put to good use by after work research.  It is a year-round namazake, meaning that you do not need to wait until the spring to get it.  The brewery brews it, stores it at 5 degrees celcius and ships out as needed.

It has a wonderful nose–yeasty but fruity, revealing the first notes of green apple on the sake.  It is lush, light and creamy on the palate.  On the palate, the most immediate flavor is green apple, but immediately other flavors come in, rock candy, cotton candy, some banana and papaya.  It finishes with a touch of acidity."

Price: $65/720 ml bottle
Availability: In store now, and featured on this week's menu!



As always, thanks for reading and for your support and encouragement throughout the year -- it means the world to us!  


Arigatou, and Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
November 1

Konnichi wa, Nomidachi!


Just a quick note to alert you to our newest "seasonal" offering and this weekend's schedule.

We will be
CLOSED Sunday, November 5, as the Seahawks, hopefully, will be taking care of business down at the stadium at the other end of our neighborhood.


New Sake Arrival
Masumi Hiyaoroshi
Thankfully, it’s that time of year again, when we receive the autumn seasonal, once-pasteurized style of sake known as hiyaoroshi.  During our recent trip to Japan, we enjoyed a tremendous variety of this style, and after the delays involved with shipping from Japan and transport thru the raging fires of northern California (!!), this year's first hiyaoroshi selection to arrive this Friday is from Saké Nomi favorite, Masumi.

Though there is some variation in the flavor from year to year, our notes from last year’s batch say: "Quince aroma with soft, delicate body and mild yamahai astringency. Very wine-like, with a dryish finish.”  I have a strong suspicion this sake will be featured in our plans for that traditionally turkey-dominated holiday later this month.

We're planning on receiving a couple cases of this very limited release (last year, there were only 10 cases allotted to Washington state!) this Friday and pouring and selling it throughout the weekend.  

The price is $50/720 ml bottle, with the usual 10% “case” discount on orders of six or more bottles.  If you're unable to stop by this weekend, but are interested in reserving a bottle or two (or 3 or 4 for Thanksgiving!), p
lease confirm your order by noon, Saturday, Nov. 4 for Tuesday, Nov. 7 availability.


This week's glass pour menu features a variety of bargain priced ($10-12/4 oz.) selections that are enjoyable at a wide range of temperatures, so should you be in the mood for the right sake at the proper temperature, we've got you covered.

Thanks for reading.  


Arigatou, and Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
November 7

Hello, Nomidachi!


This is just a quick missive to let you know about our scheduled hours of operation for the next few days.

It'll look something like this:

Wednesday, Nov. 8: 2-10 pm (normal hours)
Thursday, Nov. 9: 4-10 pm
Friday, Nov. 10: 4-10 pm
Saturday, Nov. 11: 2-10 pm (normal hours)
Sunday, Nov. 12: 2-6 pm (normal "winter" hours)


Taiko and I will be heading back to my hometown in Michigan tomorrow, for the first time in about 16 years.  During our absence, you'll be in good hands, with Edward running the show from behind the bar.

I wish our trip was under better, more joyous circumstances, but the truth is, during my recent trip to Japan, I received word that my dad, John Stroud, had a heart attack and died.  He was 77 years old. 

My dad's passing was sudden and unexpected, so if I've seemed a bit out of sorts since I returned to the shop a couple weeks ago, it wasn't solely due to the jet lag.  

I'm still trying to process everything that's involved with suddenly losing a parent, but I'm trying to let things naturally unfold and reveal themselves.  I miss my dad, but I'm glad Taiko and the girls and I have good memories of the time we were able to spend together.

I apologize for unloading this kind of personal, "family business," but that's what Saké Nomi is -- a family business.  We know some of what's going on in your lives, and you know some of what's going on in ours.  In times like this, I'm glad to have so many friends (nomidachi!) that I can raise a glass with to toast and appreciate the good things in our lives.

Thank you so very much.  I hope to see you again soon.


Arigatou, and Kanpai!
Johnnie (& Taiko)
November 15

Konnichi wa, Nomidachi!


It's nice to be back, but it is extremely difficult to believe Thanksgiving is next week.  As we try to wrap our heads around that, we'll go ahead and dive into this:

Weekend Hours
Friday, 11/17: 2- 10 pm
Sat.- Sun., 11/18-19: 2- 6 pm



New & Seasonal Sake of Note

There are a few really special sake that are available to us now that might make nice additions to your holiday meal/party/gathering preparations.  

(For Tuesday, Nov. 21 in-store availability on any of the following sake, please get in touch with your confirmed order by noon Sunday, 11/19)

Masumi Hiyaoroshi
Thankfully, it’s that time of year again, when we receive the autumn seasonal, once-pasteurized style of sake known as hiyaoroshi.  During our recent trip to Japan, we enjoyed a tremendous variety of this style, and after the delays involved with shipping from Japan and transport thru the raging fires of northern California (!!), this year's first hiyaoroshi selection is from Saké Nomi favorite, Masumi.

Though there is some variation in the flavor from year to year, our notes from last year’s batch say: "Quince aroma with soft, delicate body and mild yamahai astringency. Very wine-like, with a dryish finish.”  

We've still got access to a couple cases of this very limited release (last year, there were only 10 cases allotted to Washington state!), and we are continuing to pour and sell it until it's gone.  



The price is $50/720 ml bottle, with the usual 10% “case” discount on orders of six or more bottles. 

 

Harushika (“Spring Deer”) Funa Kake Shizuku Sake
Pear juice-like coloring, with floral, minty, and mineral notes in the nose.  Soft, velvety full mouthfeel.  Karachi (“dry”), with a spicy, warm finish.  A shizuku sake, instead of being pressed at the end of the brewing process, the mash was allowed to freely “gravity drip.”
Price: $125/720 ml bottle
Availability: 5 bottles

 

Hakkaisan Yukimuro Junmai Ginjo
As you may be aware, Hakkaisan is one of the most famous and revered brand names in the Japanese sake brewing world.  Their sake are consistently among the most popular and highly rated brews in sake specialty pubs throughout the country.  The visit to their breweries in Niigata was a definite highlight of our recent Japan trip.

A yukimuro is a snow igloo of sorts that has been used for centuries as a method to preserve foods year-round.  Hakkaisan has matured this junmai ginjo in their yukimuro at an approximate temperature of 3 degrees Celsius for three years (next to a 1,000 ton pile of snow!).  It tastes like divinely delicate and mildly fruity melting snow.

More details about the sake and the prices can be found here: http://www.hakkaisan.com/our-products/junmai-ginjo-hakkaisan-yukimuro-chozo-3-years/

Price: $110/720 ml bottle
Availability: 24 bottles

 

 

Shichi Hon Yari Shizuku Junmai Daiginjo
We’ve been trying to get our hands on this one for years!  Our first few bottles are being delivered this weekend.

From the importer's website:

"Tamazakae is highly polished, and slowly fermented at lower temperature. Only let it dropped by gravity after fermentation. Only small amount can be collected by this pressing method, and this is a limited item. Clear and well balanced sake because no pressure is added when pressed. Serve slightly chilled. Drink this sake by itself is good as well as having it with lightly prepared food."

You know what they mean.

Price: $110/500 ml bottle
Availability: 6/case, and the distributor has a few cases on hand


Eiko Fuji Junmai Ginjo Namachozo (once pasteurized)

We had the pleasure of tasting this one a few years ago and have anxiously anticipating its arrival to our state ever since. (From the same brewer as Saké Nomi favorite, Banryu "10,000 Ways.")

Again, from the importer's website:
"This sake is available all year-round. Nothing is wasted, each unconsumed sample bottle gets put to good use by after work research.  It is a year-round namazake, meaning that you do not need to wait until the spring to get it.  The brewery brews it, stores it at 5 degrees celcius and ships out as needed.

It has a wonderful nose–yeasty but fruity, revealing the first notes of green apple on the sake.  It is lush, light and creamy on the palate.  On the palate, the most immediate flavor is green apple, but immediately other flavors come in, rock candy, cotton candy, some banana and papaya.  It finishes with a touch of acidity."

Price: $65/720 ml bottle
Availability: In-store from Nov. 21



 



Thanks for reading.  

Arigatou, and Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
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