Nomidachi News Archive

June 2021

June 30

Hello, Nomidachi!

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?)

June 9

Hey There, Nomidachi!

Just a quick note to let you know what we're featuring on the menu this week. 

We hope you and yours are keeping things together and enjoying good health in the increasingly nice weather.

Arigatou & Kanpai!
Johnnie & Taiko

This Week's Sake Selections
Featuring some rare brews and a wide variety of flavors 

Noguchi Naohiko Muroka Nama Genshu
Honjozo (Ishikawa)    Extremely limited: Brewed by one of the “Gods of Saké Brewing.” 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.
$80/720 ml bottle; $25/4 oz. pour

Junmai Ginjo (Iwate)                                                                      Rusty goldish green coloring with green apple, pear, vanilla and citrus aromas and flavors. The clean minerality of the water is nicely expressed, as is the just right acidity and harmonious balance. Pasteurized just once, it has a soft, gentle texture, but is still very "hearty," and not as delicate as one might expect from a junmai ginjo brewed with local Gin Ginga rice milled to a daiginjo level 50%. $55/720 ml bottle; $16/4 oz. pour

Daiginjo Genshu (Niigata)                                                            Herbal, almost vegetal nose, with notes of roasted nuts. Good, solid body, with a touch of genshu heat (@18% ABV). Beautiful, elegant packaging and image. This is the undiluted genshu version of this brewery's Asahiyama Manju Daiginjo.
$48/720 ml bottle; $14/4 oz. pour

Junmai (Iwate)                                          Greenish gold coloring, with notes of almond and roasted nuts in the nose. Also pasteurized just once, the flavor profile tends toward the rich, earthy end of the spectrum, with noticeable body and umami. Brewed with local Gin Ginga rice milled to a junmai ginjo level of 60%. $45/720 ml bottle; $14/4 oz. pour

Kotsuzumi Hanafubuki “Shower of Blossoms”
Junmai Ginjo (Hyogo)             
Pronounced dandelion gold tint. Soft, inviting mouthfeel, showing flavors of young tart fruit and apple peel on the palate, leading to the dry, lingering finish. All of Nishiyama Shuzojo’s gorgeous labels were designed by celebrated Japanese artist, Hirosuke Watanuki. 
$40/720 ml bottle; $12/4 oz. pour

Zuiyo “Lucky Hawk”
Junmai (Kumamoto)                                          Earthy, herbal aroma.  Light-bodied with mineral notes and a clean, slightly dry finish.  Sharp, layered, and complex. Name comes from story about a hawk landing at the brewery on New Year’s Day; a sign of good luck. $30/720 ml bottle; $10/4 oz. pour


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