Nomidachi News Archive

March 2018

March 21

Hello there, Nomidachi!

Spring seems to have sprung, and we are delighting in blossoms everywhere.  As you might guess, we have some perfect sake to mark the season, mentioned below.

What with all the basketballing going on, they call this time of year "March Madness."

Some of our favorite breweries make limited production, unpasteurized, seasonal release namazake available to us at this time of year, so we call it, "Saké Gladness."  We're expecting the first big wave of them next week, but since they are so limited, you'll want to keep an eye out for them and reserve your bottle(s) right away (tasting notes and pricing details below).

Dewazakura Omachi and Dewazakura Oka
Dewazakura is a pioneer in brewing fragrant and deliciously satisfying ginjo sake, and we're currently pouring a couple of our favorites.

Dewazakura "Omachi" Junmai Ginjo has notes of minerals, earthiness, and candied melon in the nose.  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's kind of semi-dry, thus lending itself to "session" drinking, where it is neither overwhelming nor pedestrian.  Price: $90/1.8L bottle; $45/720 ml bottle; $12/4 oz. glass pour

Dewazakura Oka ("Cherry Bouquet") Ginjo has a woodsy bouquet, suggesting dark cherries, and it has a smooth, almost viscous texture to the mouthfeel.  The smoky, burnt sugar element to the flavor makes it a wonderful candidate to pair with grilled meats.
Price: $85/1.8L bottle; $40/720 ml bottle; $10/4 oz. glass pour


Spring Namazake Arrivals 
(In store ETA: Friday, March 30.  Order by: Wednesday, March 28)

Rihaku “Origins of Purity” Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu (Shimane)                
Introduced to Washington last year, and one of Johnnie’s new favorites!  Fairly pronounced golden tint, with aromas of peach, mango, kiwi, nectarine, and a touch of mint.  Silky, soft mouthfeel, with citrusy flavors of young fruit on the palate.  Richness and depth of flavor with an overall impression of being substantial but not overpowering.
$60/720 ml bottle

Fukucho “Moon on the Water”
Junmai Ginjo Namazake (Hiroshima)           
A little rice sediment is visible and the nose shows notes of pine needles, oranges, cloves, ginger, and persimmon.  Lively and fairly acidic on the palate (nearly carbonated!).  Juicy and sharp melon flavors contrast nicely with the sake’s soft texture.
 $55/720 ml bottle

Ama no To “Heaven’s Door”
Tokubetsu Junmai Namazake (Akita)              
Salt and mineral essences.  The medium body and soft texture make it a good “food sake” (parmesan cheese will be delightful).  Vaguely sweet, though with a drier, somewhat sharp finish and a touch astringent in the end.  $50/720ml bottle

Thanks for reading, and we hope we will see you again soon at Saké Nomi.

Arigatou, and Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
March 7

Konnichi wa, Nomidachi!

In our quest to bring you the most delicious, high-quality, and unique premium sake, we do our best to show no prejudice against the brewers.  That is, we don't care how big or small they are, or where they are located (although, admittedly, we specialize in Japanese premium sake).  In our view, there are only two kinds of sake: good and bad.  Good sake is what tastes good to you, regardless of the grade or region of origin.

Though they often get a bad rap because they produce mass quantities of well selling "lower" grade sake (you know, sake bomb/happy hour carafe crap), the "big hands" (translation from the Japanese, 大手, and not in any way a dig toward any insecure political "celebrities") of the industry produce the majority of the volume of sake sold (and pay the vast sums of related taxes), and they are at the forefront of brewing technological development.

This weekend, we're pleased to introduce some unique and uniquely delicious sake from a couple of famous large-scale producers, one of which is located right here in the US of A!

Sho Chiku Bai Limited Release Junmai Daiginjo
This extremely rare and limited availability sake (only 1100 bottles produced) is the first junmai daiginjo brewed in the United States (by Takara Brewing Co. in Berkley, CA) with Yamada Nishiki sake rice grown in Arkansas.  Wrap your head around that one for a second.

The story we heard was that the brewery was intending to brew a junmai daiginjo with US-grown Yamada Nishiki with the intent of "reverse exporting" it back to Japan.  However, the economics didn't pencil out, and as a result, we get to enjoy it here.

A muroka genshu (unfiltered and undiluted), the sake is dark greenish gold in the glass.  Super smooth and medium-bodied on the palate, there are hints of pastry/dough and earthy cinnamon and nutmeg flavors throughout.  Price: $50/720 ml bottle

Shirayuki Edo Genroku Junmai
Hyogo prefecture's Konishi Brewing Company was founded in 1550 (NOT a typo!), and this singular sake was brewed in wooden barrels with Yamada Nishiki rice milled to just 88%, based on an ancient (1702) recipe, to give you an idea of what sake was all about in the Genroku Period (1688-1704).

It's crazy dark and crazy rich (SMV: -35), and it packs a bit of a punch at nearly 18% ABV.  It's fairly intense but intriguingly savory, so do with it what you will.  We suggest it as a mellow sipping, after-dinner companion.  

Price: $40/720 ml bottle 

Along with our stellar selection of sake featured on this week's menu, we'll have limited quantities of both the above-mentioned sake on had to sell by the glass and by the bottle throughout the weekend.  If you're interested in procuring a few bottles, but can't make it to the shop this weekend, just give us a shout to confirm your order, and we'll be glad to hold some for you. 

Thanks for reading.  We look forward to seeing you again at Saké Nomi soon!

Arigatou, and Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
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