Nomidachi News Archive

May 2018

May 23

Hey There, Nomidachi!

The "spring" season of limited release namazake is slowly winding down, though we will continue offering them until the distributors run out, and we're excited to say that a couple last-minute new arrivals are here just in time for Memorial Day weekend.  Saké of particular note are mentioned below.

Also, though it is, indeed, a holiday weekend, we will be open our normal business hours:
Thurs.- Sat.: 2- 10 pm
Sun.: 2-6 pm
CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day

Limited Release Spring Namazake
Tamanohikari "Shukon" Shiboritate Genshu (Kyoto)
The good news: After experiencing this fantastic sake at a local izakaya, we tracked down the distributor and made a fuss until they secured us a case.

The bad news: We managed to get our hands on the last case of the season, and half of it has already been sold, so there are only a half-dozen bottles up for grabs, and we'll be pouring and selling it starting tomorrow, 5/25.

Our notes: Candied fruit, cream, and pink grapefruit in the nose.  Clean, soft, and full, with a bracing genshu bite in the finish.  Elegant, yet hearty.  Very limited production, from a brewery founded in 1673 (NOT a typo).
Price: $40/720 ml 

Otokoyama Junmai Shiboritate Nama Genshu (Hokkaido)
Aromas of fresh linen, bamboo leaf, and whole grain banana bread.  Clean and direct, with a hint of cream.  On the drier side, with some delayed spiciness in the finish.  And, there's an adorable polar bear on the label, which is nice.
Price: $45/720 ml

Kokuryu Ryu "Gold Dragon" (Fukui)

Ryu is a terrifically elegant daiginjo (the first produced by this brewery), introduced to the Japanese market back in 1975.  Apple notes in the nose with hints of cinnamon and brown sugar on the palate.  Pleasingly complex, and, again, elegant.  The bottle has a funky neck shape to enhance the acoustics of the sake being poured, and the cloth embroidered label and gift box presentation are kind of icing on this fantastic cake.
Price: $100/720 ml

Suigei ("Drunken Whale") Koiku 54 Junmai Ginjo (Kochi)

We heard about this brew from a friend in Japan who heartily recommended it, and we managed to track down the importer and arrange for our distributor to get us some bottles.  The only challenge is that it is considered a “special order” item, so we have to commit to buying case quantities.  The first 2 cases will arrive toward the end of next week, and they are going very quickly.

With a SMV of +6, Koiku 54 carries on in the Suigei tradition of being on the drier, cleaner side of things, made to drink in mass quantities (like we feel all the good ones are!).  In the words of the importer, "Its inherent taste, which speaks volumes about the quality of its raw ingredients, is dry yet carries a discernible solidity.  Savor this mixture of umami-filled, refreshing acidic brew chilled, with a meal."

Price: $45/720 ml bottle (10% “case” discount on 6 or more bottles)

ETA: Friday, June 1 (due to the Memorial Day holiday, I anticipate this might possibly get pushed back a week to 6/8)

Order by: Wed., May 30

Thanks very much for reading, we hope to see you soon, and please enjoy a wonderful weekend.

Arigatou, and Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
May 9

Howdy, Nomidachi!

Just a quick blast to let you know we're featuring a special menu of all seasonal namazake this week, and we will be open our regular business hours.

As always, these rare and especially fresh unpasteurized products are very limited, and we hope you have a chance to enjoy some of them before they're gone until next year.

Our featured selections include:


Shichida  Junmai Ginjo Muroka Nama Genshu (Saga)                  Pronounced amber tint and fragrances of white peaches and melon in the nose.  Lively, acidic, and incredibly fresh – nearly effervescent.  The texture is soft, but the flavor is sharp.  In short, “The collected tears of joyously weeping angels.”  $80/720 ml bottle

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

Seikyo “Omachi” Namazake
Tokubetsu Junmai (Hiroshima)      Soft & citrusy, with a luxurious, almost viscous mouthfeel.  Notes of grapefruit and lemon throughout, creating a wonderful, beguiling contrast between the sharpness of the acidic citrus elements and the silky texture.  Traces of minerality and astringency on the edges make it an ideal pairing for oysters on the half-shell.  $55/720 ml bottle

Denshin Haru “Spring”
Junmai Ginjo (Fukui)                                    This nama (unpasteurized) genshu (undiluted) has a brilliant golden hue with a gorgeous floral and candied bouquet.  Richly flavored, with intense ripe peach fruitiness on the palate.  Viscous, almost syrupy texture is nicely contrasted with perfect acidity.
$45/720 ml bottle

Kagatobi Muroka Nama Junmai (Ishikawa)                                         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.  $45/720 ml bottle

Much thanks and great appreciation to our moms, and yours, too!

Arigatou, and Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
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