Hi There, Nomidachi!
How are you doing?
Just a reminder that we are temporarily (we hope!) back to our retail only takeout/curbside pickup operations. As such, our hours of business are:
Tuesday- Saturday: Noon- 6 pm
Sunday- Monday: CLOSED
Please keep hanging in there, masking up, washing your hands, and taking excellent care of one another!
Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
"One Cups." In Cans?!
"One Cup" sake in Japan are single serving (usually 180-200 ml) glass or aluminum containers with pull tab tops and often come with an additional plastic lid so you can close it back up if you're not going to throw it all down at once.
Time was, you could only find lower grades of sake in these small sizes and one story floating about is that the size was developed as a quick fix "hair of the dog" hangover ointment for those who tied one on the night before to grab out of a vending machine and slam before going in to work.
Lucky us: now you can find delicious and interesting premium sake in the handy, discreetly portable "one cup" volume, and it's not just for futskayoi (literally, "two days drunk") anymore. We are featuring a few this week (with special 10% off 6-pack pricing!), including:
Kagatobi Gokkan Junmai (Ishikawa)
Brand new to Washington! According to the importer, “The gentle rice flavor which would fill your mouth then can be served by cold or hot and paired well with a wide range of cuisine.” We think we know what they mean, but we’ll get back to you after we spend some “quality time” with this brew. $10/180 ml can (10% "6-pack" discount available!)
Kibo “Hope” Junmai (Iwate)
Soft, fairly full mouthfeel, with a mild apple sweetness and a minerality expressive of the quality of the sake’s water source. Dryish, lingering finish. Suisen Brewery was devastated in the 2011 tsunami, but managed to rebuild and brew the following season, and this was the first sake they produced for export. $10/180 ml can (10% "6-pack" discount available!)
Bushido “Way of the Warrior” Ginjo Genshu (Kyoto) Soft, full texture. Mildly tart, but tending toward sweet (more than the +6.5 SMV indicates), and dry in the finish. The importer says, tart raspberry, Asian pear, watermelon rind, and a hint of white flowers. What say you? $10/180 ml can (10% "6-pack" discount available!)
Other Featured Sake Selections
Due to popular demand (we very quickly sold out of some stuff, and we're afraid not enough of you had a chance to try them), we're continuing to feature some of the unique and delicious brews from last week, with a couple tasty (and discounted!) additions, too.
Chikurin “Otoro” Muroka Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu (Okayama)
Otoro is a junmai daiginjo disguised as a junmai ginjo, in as much as it’s made with “estate grown” (by the brewer) Yamada Nishiki rice milled to 50%. It has a greenish gold tint (it is also muroka, or non-charcoal filtered), and a wonderfully complex nose showing raisin, honey, cinnamon, and plum. It has some spicy and peppery elements on the palate and a champagne-like semi-dryness (making it amazing with oysters on the half shell!), which ends in a subtle sour note and some astringency in the finish. Special “seasonal closeout pricing.” $50/720 ml bottle (was $70!!)
Seiden Omachi "50" Junmai Daiginjo (Akita)
Brand new to Saké Nomi! Mellow greenish gold tint with refreshing, clean notes of cucumber, mint, mild melon, and even bubble gum in the nose. Tending toward sweet, with hints of mint and the tartness of young fruit, with a comfortable, soft, and refined mouthfeel. Classy.
$50/720 ml bottle
Kuroushi “Black Bull” Junmai Ginjo (Wakayama)
Dark, rich gold coloring. Vaguely sweet, floral aromas (Jazzy says azuki). Soft and savory. A hearty, substantive saké “with meat on its bones.” Tending toward sweet, but nicely balanced with a dry-ish finish. $45/720 ml bottle
Nanbu Bijin “Southern Beauty” Tokubetsu Junmai
Grains, earth, and mushroom aromas. Quiet impact. A touch sweet, but with a dry, citrusy finish. Mild acidity and friendly presence. Champion Sake of the 2017 International Wine Challenge. It's Kosher, too!
$45/720 ml bottle
Kawatsuru Junmai (Kagawa) Light gold coloring, with tropical fruit (mango), mint, and mildly herbal notes in the nose. Soft texture on the palate, beginning on the savory, umami end of the spectrum, but progressing toward a dry finish. Satisfying and interesting, taking the drinker on a bit of a journey. $42/720 ml bottle
Kaze no Mori “Wind of the Woods” Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu (Nara)
Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and undiluted (17% ABV), the brewery's unique bottling process allows the sake to retain an uncommon liveliness and effervescence upon opening. The flavors transform on the palate in intriguing and savory ways the more time you spend enjoying your glass. $34/720 ml bottle