Whew -- looks like we made it! Though our building's air conditioning recently went out on the hottest day in recorded history (not much of an exaggeration), it's back in business, and so are we.
Below we've listed a few of the saké selections we're featuring on this week's menu, and we've got plenty more available to help you enjoy the long holiday weekend.
We hope you're able to spend some quality time with friends and family, and we look forward to reacquainting ourselves with your lovely maskless faces.
Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko
This Week's Sake Selections
Plenty here to help you chill and be chilled
Seiden Omachi “50” Junmai Daiginjo (Akita) 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; $15/4 oz. glass
Tsukinowa Yoinotsuki “Midnight Moon” Daiginjo (Iwate) Amber tint, with notes of honey in aroma and taste. An element of depth in the earthy, caramel sweetness. Complex and quiet, soft and melting. Brewed in Johnnie’s Japanese “hometown” by one of his former English students – one of the few female toji (master brewer) in the industry!
$48/720 ml bottle; $15/4 oz. glass
Kamotsuru Itteki Nyukon Junmai Ginjo (Hiroshima)
Rose gold, orange tint. Earthy aromatics suggesting pumpkin, mint, and cinnamon. Soft, full, clean, and rich. Unostentatious, solid, and subtle, with a confident presence. Winner of “Good In Wine Glass Award” 2014. $40/720 ml bottle; $12/4 oz. glass
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; $12/4 oz. glass
Tensei “Endless Summer” Tokubetsu Honjozo (Kanagawa)
Dark gold in the glass, with notes of newly ripened melon and suggestions of sea salt and brine in the nose. Soft, viscous texture, with melon, mineral, and citrus flavors on the palate. A nice, light, easy drinker! $35/720 ml bottle; $10/4 oz. glass
Takatenjin “Sword of the Sun” Tokubetsu Honjozo (Shizuoka)
Faint golden tint, with mild berry notes in the nose. Soft mouthfeel, with perfect acidity. Vaguely sweet, but drier in the finish. The story we heard is that this is the sake the kurabito who are brewing the sake most enjoy – so much so they had to increase production of it in order to have enough to sell to the rest of us!
$35/720 ml bottle; $10/4 oz. glass
(P.S.: Don't miss your chance to try Kikusui Funaguchi Ichiban Shibori in the '"Smart Pouch." Booze in a bag! Fingers sold separately?)