Hello There, Nomidachi!
We hope you and yours are keeping well and healthy and relatively content. Strange times, indeed.
As for us, we're feeling revitalized with the nice spring weather and all the new-to-Washington and limited seasonal sake that's been made available for us to share with you. Despite the current "general" circumstances, there's never been a better time to be a sake drinker, and we are super excited about getting these new, exciting sake out there in people's glasses.
As far as current operations are concerned, we are continuing with RETAIL ONLY/Take Out/Curbside Pick-up service for the time being, and our hours of operation remain:
Tuesday- Saturday: Noon- 6:00 pm
Sunday- Monday: CLOSED
We're hoping to have an announcement very soon about online sales and local in-state delivery, so please bear with us as we figure it out and get it in place.
In the meantime, in addition to the 200 or so sake we have on the shelves, we're pleased to be featuring an outstanding lineup of "featured" sake this week for your consideration.
Thank you for hanging in there with us and making us feel significant and important to you. We couldn't do it without you, and YOU are the reason we are here!
Please try and make the best of all the isolation and forced (?!) family time. I hope this weird time serves as a giant reset to remind me of what's really important: family, friends, good sake, and as many laughs as we can manage.
Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
Current Featured Saké
More seasonal releases and brand new sake are avaialble. Check these out!
Fukucho “Moon on the Water” Junmai Ginjo Namazake (Hiroshima)
Limited seasonal release! 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)
Limited seasonal release! 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
Shichi Hon Yari Ginfubuki Junmai Ginjo (Shiga)
Brand new to Washington! Pronounced yellow/green coloring, with earthy, nutty, and straw notes in the nose. Somewhat sharp and acidic, and a touch saline. Very low-key and unostentatious – a real “sake drinker’s sake.” Brewed at one of Japan’s oldest (established in the 1540’s) and smallest (crew of 4 brewers) breweries, using Ginfubuki rice, a hybrid of well-known Yamada Nishiki and local varietal Tamazakae and registered as sakamai (“sake rice”) in 1999 by local Shiga farmers. Such a handsome bottle, to boot! $45/720 ml bottle
Fuku Chitose “Toku” Yamahai Junmai Ginjo (Fukui)
Brand new to Washington! Light yellow coloring and notes of white peach in the nose. Clean, mildly acidic, and displays a mellow sweetness that gradually moves to a dry finish. Solid and classy, just as the super cool bottle and label combination suggest. $40/720 ml bottle
Tsukinowa “Moon Ring” Tokubetsu Junmai (Iwate)
Clean and solid, with traces of mild astringency. Sweetness is nicely balanced with mineral acidity. Soft, full mouthfeel. Dry finish makes it easy to drink more, so be careful! $40/720ml bottle
Bijofu “The Gentleman” Tokubetsu Junmai (Kochi)
Greenish gold tint, with gorgeous ginjo-ka (aroma of ginjo) of grapefruit and green apple. Fairly full mouthfeel, with notes of fruity tartness throughout the palate.
$32/720 ml bottle
Other sake of note, not to be missed:
Phoenix Junmai Daiginjo (Yamagata) Very limited collaboration bottling between French rock band Phoenix and Tatenokawa Brewery. Greenish gold tint, with aromas of blackberry, mint, lavender, mulch, and tree bark. Light, lively, and lissome, with perfect acidity. Our best-selling bottle in 2019. $60/720 ml bottle
Shichi Hon Yari “Seven Spearsmen” Namazake Junmai (Shiga)
Another intriguing seasonal release, the nose is slightly smokey and yeasty, with notes of browned bread pastry, tangerine, and even a little mozzarella. Light and soft, it features melon and mellow fruitiness on the palate, with some smoke and earthiness mid-palate, and traces of astringency and tartness on the edges and in the finish.
$45/720 ml bottle