Nomidachi News Archive

April 2021



April 25

Hello, Nomidachi!



Things have been a little quiet down in Pioneer Square (enjoyed the gorgeous weather, anyone?), but that doesn't mean nothing is happening.

This week, we're set to welcome the latest wave of limited seasonal release spring namazake, as well as a couple really rare and special "year-round" brews.

Without further ado, we present the details below. 

We hope we'll have some good news about the resumption of on premises sake drinking soon, so please stay tuned. In the meantime, please keep taking good care of each other, and we'll be able catch up in person soon.

Thank you & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
 


New Wave (perhaps the last?) of Spring Namazake
We'll go ahead and file this development under the "better late than never" heading, but we sure are glad they're here!

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, which ends in a subtle sour note and some astringency in the finish. 
Price: $50/720 ml bottle
(10% "case" discount on orders of 6 or more bottles)




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.  
Price: $50/720 ml bottle
(10% "case" discount on orders of 6 or more bottles) 




Shichi Hon Yari “Seven Spearsmen” Namazake
Junmai (Shiga)                                
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. 
Price: $40/720 ml bottle 
(10% "case" discount on orders of 6 or more bottles)








Special Sake "Not to be Missed"
You know you deserve it, so go ahead and treat yourself to one of these babies!

Noguchi Naohiko Muroka Nama Genshu
Honjozo (Ishikawa)
Extremely limited: It’s brewed by one of the “Gods of Saké Brewing,” and is intended to be sold in restaurants only. Via a special arrangement with our distributor, we are managing to take delivery of a dozen bottles at a time.
Mellow gold tint with aromas and flavors of spiced apple and cinnamon. Tingling and lively with terrific balance and full of umami – flavorful, but not overwhelming, and not at all overpowering at 18% ABV. A special bottle for special times -- Saké Nomi times.
Price: $80/720 ml bottle
In-store Availability: Friday, 4/30 (order by Wednesday, 4/28)


(Note: This is about the 3rd batch we’ve been able to receive, but since there was a bit of lag between this upcoming and our previous deliveries, we doubled up on our order to the importer— so don’t worry about being shy!) 



Shichida
Junmai Daiginjo (Saga)
Mellow gold coloring, with aromas of licorice and blood orange. Sharp, bright flavors contrasting with the soft texture. Acidic and lively, especially for being aged 2+ years. 2020 Gold medal winner of the “Delicious Nihonshu in a Wine Glass” award, this is an outstanding, absolutely special bottle — one of the best we’ve had in a long while. We were treated to a surprise tasting of this sake just the other day, and it was like falling in love all over again.

In addition, the distributor is sitting on some stock, and in an effort to move it, they’re cutting us a special deal, and we’re passing those savings along to you.
Price: $90/720 ml (was $120!!!) 
Additional 10% “case” discount for orders of 4 or more bottles!!

In-store Availability: Friday, 4/30 (order by Wednesday, 4/28)

April 4

Konnichi wa, Nomidachi!


Is it April that's "In like a lion?"

Whatever the case may be, while we're still rolling through the spring seasonal release namazake, we have been alerted by our distributors that two very special limited release sake are set to arrive at Saké Nomi tomorrow, April 6.

Some brief details about these fabulous and unusual sake are below. If you are interested in ordering a few, please get in touch, and we'll be glad to hold onto them for you until you can swing by to pick them up.

Thank you, and please keep taking good care of one another.

Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
 


New Sake Arrivals
Super delicious, super limited -- don't blink and miss them!

Masumi Hiyaoroshi
While this is normally an autumn, once-pasteurized, seasonal release, with the pandemic, shipping container availability, etc., etc., this sake has just arrived Stateside.

It sounds like this year’s version has changed in some pretty significant ways. Namely:
-Different yeast
-Lower rice milling rate
-Reduced acidity (making it taste a touch sweeter?)

According to the brewer, the sake has reached an ideal level of maturity, showing unique but equally delicious characteristics at a wide range of temperatures, and it will become mellower and take on mature aspects (including flavors of caramel, dried fruit — umami) as it ages in the bottle.

Price: $50/720 ml bottle (10% discount on 6 or more bottles)
ETA: Available for in-store pickup Tuesday, 4/6
(Note: We’ve secured only about 4 dozen bottles as our allotment)



Kubota Daiginjo Genshu
While we have yet to hear all the details on this terrific limited seasonal release from one of Japan's most prestigious producers, we suspect they changed the classification from the past Ginjo product to Daiginjo because they were already milling the rice to a daiginjo level 50%. Thankfully, they didn’t jack up the price as a result. 

We’re confident this will be as great or even better than the past ginjo version, of which we have opined: “Very faint golden tint with notes of Asian pear and cream in the nose. Soft, moderately full mouthfeel, with sweetness and roundness in the beginning palate, giving way to a drier, lingering genshu tingle in the finish.”

Price: $48/720 ml bottle (10% discount on 6 or more bottles)
ETA: Available for in-store pickup Tuesday, 4/6
(Note: We estimate we’ll have 24 or so bottles available to us)

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