It has been incredibly heartening (and just good for the soul) to see so many of you during our first month of Saké Nomi 2.0!
Reconnecting with you is of such vital importance to us that our typical evening exchange is not, "How was your day?" or "How was business?" but "Who'd you see today?"
Thank you for not forgetting us on account of our involuntary down time at the end of last year.
We're still getting back into the swing of things and reactivating the "saké muscles" we'd built up over the past decade, and our new digs are slowly and surely beginning to feel like home.
In appreciation of your support, and maybe to help limit your trips out and about during this critical time battling the virus, we're offering some discount pricing deals (2-pack & 3-pack), providing an incentive (we hope) for you to explore multiple sake from the same producer.
(PLEASE NOTE: Pricing posted below is regular retail price before the discount is applied.)
We've also still got a pretty good supply of the spring namazake mentioned below, so if you want to add some of those to a 2- or 3-pack purchase, we'll piggyback them onto the 10% discount deal.
As ever, thank you very much for your friendship and support, and we look forward to raising a glass with you in the near future.
As we mentioned in our last newsletter, March is a fabulous time to be a sake drinker. The NCAA has their "March Madness" (Go Drexel Dragons!), but we're all about that Saké Gladness that we're able to experience this time of year via spring seasonal limited release namazake.
We don't want to sound like we're stuck on repeat, but since the time period these sake are available to us is so short, we're kind of on a mission to promote the heck out of them and, hopefully, give as many of you as possible a chance to experience these rare, good things.
So, we've listed below the namas that are still available and in stock, as well as a couple super rare selections from one of the industry's true masters (some even call him a "god").
Thank you for helping us off to a pretty fantastic start at the new shop -- it's been wonderful to see so many of you after some of those long, dark months. Please keep an eye out in the coming weeks for a special (and long awaited?) announcement, keep taking good care of each other, and we hope to see you at 106 Cherry Street again soon.
Noguchi-sensei had a huge influence in bringing back the ultra-traditional yamahai style of brewing, and this new offering sounds like it’s the culmination of those years of back-breaking work and the resulting hard won knowledge.
According to the importer, the Yamahai Miyamanishiki is an "elegant sake with a slightly long finish. Botanical scent of lush berries with refreshing acidity. As you hold it on your tongue, it presents a pleasant balance of umami and acidity with a soft mouthfeel, with a finish of fresh herbs."
ETA for in-store pick up: Friday, March 19
Price: $160/720 ml bottle
This sake comes to us in 6 bottle cases, and this Friday we will receive our first two cases. Though many of this first allotment have been spoken for, a few yet remain, and if you're interested in giving it a try, please let me know, and I'll be glad to set a bottle or two aside for you.
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.
ETA for in-store pick up: Friday, March 19
$80/720 ml bottle
This is just a brief reminder that yes, spring has officially sprung. Aside from groundhogs and equinoxes, for us the clincher is the bounty of limited release namazake currently ensconced in our fridge.
We mention them again because we cracked a bottle of the Rihaku "Origins of Purity" mentioned below and were reminded how mind-blowingly delicious it is, and we don't want you to miss out on this year's versions of these sake and have to wait until next year to try them.
In non-nama news (mana mana), we're excited to welcome back a couple favorite brews from southern Japan under the Azumaichi label that will arrive at the shop this Friday (notes and info below).
And, oh yeah, our hours this coming Saturday, March 27 will be 2:00- 6:00 pm.
Why the change in schedule? Vaccination appointment! Let's do it!!
Konnichi wa, Nomidachi!
Though they're all pretty darn good, March is generally a fantastic month to be a sake drinker in the state of Washington. Why? It's the month when we start to see the arrival of the rare, zingy treat: spring seasonal limited release namazake.
Yesterday, we received the year's first batch. Announced in last week's newsletter, they're still available and again mentioned below.
Today we take a moment to inform you that the "second wave" of these sensational seasonal rarities (less than 1% of all sake produced in Japan is released as unpasteurized namazake!) is due to be ensconced in the Saké Nomi fridge on Tuesday, March 9, and if we hear from you by noon on Saturday, March 6, you can pick them up next week.
Notes on previous year's versions (and they all vary a bit, year to year), and pricing information are below.
Please remember, even though we do not enjoy volume discounts from most of our distributors, we're very glad to extend you a 10% "case" discount on orders of 6 or more bottles, and that includes these seasonal sensations.
We look forward to this season every year, in part because enjoying namazake reminds us that sake is a lovingly crafted, alive, delicate, and precious thing, and just one of the many reasons we do what we do. We hope you'll have a chance to join us in raising a glass or two.