Greetings, Dear Nomidachi!
Looking out the window at our cloudy, somewhat sepia toned world, we can't help but thinking if it's not one damn thing, it's another.
We continue to be thankful for our access to wonderful premium Japanese sake, and the ability and privilege to be able to share it with you.
As we mentioned last time, hiyaoroshi season is just around the corner, and we are slowly gaining increased access to sake newly released to the U.S.
We may also have a rather momentous announcement to share very soon. Fingers crossed!
Please continue your best efforts to remain safe, healthy, and sane. We're doing our best in pursuit of the same.
Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
Saké Nomi Exclusive: Original Sake Masks by Hinano Designs
File this under "Sake-Related Accessories Unique to Our Times," but we're excited to share some one-of-a-kind masks designed and produced by Hinano Designs from repurposed tenugui (traditional Japanese bandana).
These masks are lined with a filter layer and have a pocket for an additional filter. You can easily remove the metal nose bridge piece to wash and reuse.
We will be selling these funky (in a good way), completely unique masks at the shop for $16 each, while very limited supplies last.
Additional Access to Terrific Seasonal Treats
We're pleased to announce that our distributor has managed to secure a few more cases of rare seasonal release gems Oze x Rosé Junmai Daigino and Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai Genshu, and they will be available to our Saké Nomi customers this Friday, September 18.
If you're interested in securing a few bottles of these wonderful brews, please give us a shout by Noon, Thursday, Sept. 17. Here's a reminder of the tasting notes, if you need them:
Oze x Rosé Junmai Daiginjo (Gunma)
This super popular limited seasonal release is back -- we managed to get our hands on the last batch available to our distributor! Rosé-like coloring due to red colored yeast. Intriguing and delicious balance of tart and sweet flavors, and at just 12% alcohol, a very comfortable summer sipper. $60/720 ml bottle
Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Junmai Genshu (Niigata)
Brand new to Washington very limited seasonal release! Subtle mix of grains, cereal, and mildly sweet floral notes in the nose. Clean, light, soft, and mildly mineral – not at all overpowering as an undiluted (17.5% ABV) genshu with a lingering finish. This sake is all about its mellow, casual, but undeniable presence. $50/720 ml bottle
This Week's Featured Sake Selections
In addition to some of the sake we mentioned last week, this week our spotlight shines on some new sake arrivals (Gangi and Yokikana), as well as some personal favorites (Phoenix and Dewazakura Omachi). We think you might fight a new favorite within this bunch, too!
Gangi Mizunowa Junmai Ginjo (Yamaguchi)
New sake arrival! Mellow greenish gold coloring, showing aromas of green apple, kiwi, and muscat grape. Soft, medium weight to the mouthfeel on the palate, with the tartness of young fruit, and a minty element in the lingering, mineral finish.
$45/720 ml bottle
Nagurayama Yokikana Junmai Ginjo (Fukushima)
New sake arrival! Golden green tint, displaying elements of melon, mint, cream, cinnamon, and a touch of banana in the nose. Fairly plump mouthfeel, with a mild sweetness and apple notes on the palate. An overall elegant impression – with its 50% rice polish ratio, a junmai daiginjo disguised as a junmai ginjo. $45/720 ml bottle
Dewazakura “Omachi” Junmai Ginjo (Yamagata)
Greenish gold in appearance with notes of minerals, earthiness, and candied melon in the nose. Soft and silky, and while the impression on the palate is one of pronounced fruitiness, with melon and citrus accents, it finishes dry. Overall, semi-dry, thus lending itself to "session" drinking, where it is neither overwhelming nor pedestrian.
$90/1.8L bottle; $45/720 ml bottle
Narutotai “Ginjo Shiboritate” Nama Genshu (Tokushima)
This is perhaps the most popular sake we've ever carried at Saké Nomi. Yeasty, sweet grain aromas. Soft, full, gentle mouthfeel, with ripened fruit sweetness and slight minerality. Lingering finish shows a touch of mint. Unpasteurized and undiluted, the “oil can” would be ideal at a barbecue, or with fatty sashimi. The brewery was established in 1804. $50/720 ml can
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