Hi There, Nomidachi!
This is just a short missive to alert you to a minor change in this week's schedule, and to mention a couple sake we are featuring on the current menu.
Though we are still settling into our "new normal" business hours (2-8 pm, Tuesday- Saturday), please note that we are CLOSED today, July 8. Johnnie is taking a "personal day" to assess and contemplate just why Sammy (Van)Hagar is incapable of driving the prudent speed of 55 mph.
We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience resulting from this schedule change, but we promise to make it up to you.
We hope you and yours are taking good care of one another, and we look forward to seeing you again as soon as we're able.
Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
Featured Saké By the Glass, Flight, and Bottle (Retail, "to go")
In addition to some of the saké we began featuring last week (and listed below), we're pleased to add these next two:
KID Junmai Daiginjo (Wakayama) Golden, straw coloring with a gorgeous bouquet showing pineapple, mint, and strawberry. Soft, light mouthfeel and delicate on the palate. Very clean – here and gone in a quickly vanishing instant. Tiny orange/citrus, nearly bitter note in the finish.
$100/1.8L bottle; $55/720 ml bottle
Tamagawa “Red Label” Junmai (Kyoto) A muroka (non-charcoal filtered) nama genshu (undiluted, so 19-20% alcohol), brewed using ambient yeast found in the brewery's environs, “Red Label” is a big, complex, funky sake, with an earthy, mushroom aroma and a hint of smoke. On the palate there is a brown sugary sweetness followed by a yamahai tanginess. The finish is dry(ish), and a touch astringent. $36/720 ml bottle
And, in case you missed them, we've still got some of these beauties on hand:
Nanbu Bijin “Shinpaku” Junmai Daiginjo (Iwate) Slight golden coloring. Vaguely herbal aroma, with a complex mix of mint, grassy, dry, and spicy elements. Light, soft mouthfeel. Semi-dry, clean, and delicate. Brewed with the “king” of saké rice, Yamada Nishiki. Platinum medal winner at prestigious French sake exhibition, Kura Master 2019. $55/720 ml bottle
Mana 1751 “True Vision” Tokubetsu Junmai (Fukui)
One of our favorite "newer" sake from the past year or so. Deep gold coloring, with notes of brown sugar, pumpkin, and smoke in the nose. Light, soft, and delicate. Dry finish with a touch of astringency. Nicely balanced and elegant, with good acidity. $45/720 ml bottle
Fuku Chitose “Toku” Yamahai Junmai
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. A big seller last week, we're glad folks are discovering this gem.
$40/720 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. Super refreshing during warm weather this is, admittedly, a pretty weird sake. In this case, weird is good! $34/720 ml bottle
KID Junmai (Wakayama) Fairly rich golden tint, with notes of flour, yeast, bread, and cinnamon in the nose. Super soft texture with a pleasantly mild bitterness & astringency (shibumi) in the finish. The flavor reminds us of pie crust! The KID brand was launched a little over 10 years ago by Heiwa Shuzo’s fourth generation kuramoto. $35/720 ml bottle
Arriving Friday (7/17) and
Still Accepting Orders:
Oze x Rosé Junmai Daiginjo
One of last year's most popular summer seasonal releases is soon to be back in our fridge, arriving next week, July 17. Our abbreviated notes look something like this:
Oze x Rosé Junmai Daiginjo (Gunma)
Rosé-like coloring due to red colored yeast. Intriguing and delicious balance of tart and sweet flavors, and at just 12% alcohol (as an undiluted genshu, no less!), a very comfortable summer sipper. It's one of the weirdest, most interesting, and delicious sake we have encountered in the last couple years. $60/720 ml bottle
If you'd like to reserve some bottles (last year, demand far outpaced supply), please get in touch ASAP, and we'll be glad to set some aside for you.