Archive for January, 2012

SAKAYA Vacation

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

We’ll be closing for our annual vacation trip to Japan from Sunday, January 22 until Friday,  February 3.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to your visit  today or after we return.

Many thanks!

Rick & Hiroko

SAKAYA’s Best Selling Specialty Sake in 2011

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Among our specialty sake (sparkling, nigori, umeshu, and yuzushu) the top sellers were…

5.  Kamoizumi “Summer Snow” Nigori

With the appearance of a blanket of new snow settled in the bottle, this nigori has the refreshing character that delivers an experience consistent with its promise.

4.  Ume no Yado Aragoshi Umeshu

This tasty,  sweet umeshu is made with sake blended with pureed plum giving it added texture that distinguishes it from other umeshu.

3.  Chikurin Hou Hou Shu Sparkling

People seem to love this slightly sweet, lightly effervescent happoshu in the small blue bottle.

2.  Chikurin Hana Hou Hou Shu Sparkling

Pretty in Pink!  This sparkling sake has the same light effervescence as its sibling combined with a light rose petal aroma…and it looks just plain cute too!

1.  Ume no Yado Yuzu

We call it  “lemonade for adults.”   This yuzu sake is so deliciously sweet, citrusy, and refreshing that people can’t stop drinking it once they’ve started.

SAKAYA’s Best Selling Sake for 2011

Monday, January 9th, 2012

In 2011,  northeastern Japan experienced a major earthquake and its people showed their resilience to the world.  New Yorkers responded by buying and drinking sake to support the brewers of the Tohoku region which was most severely affected.    And while our customers showed their sympathy for the victims of the triple disaster, their sake preferences were more expansive and encompassed a variety of styles and types.

Counting down our top ten sellers  for the year just ended…

10.  Kokuryu Gohyaku Mangoku Junmai Ginjo

Sometimes the things we like best are the most difficult to describe and this sake exemplifies the concept.  It has a deep, dynamic, rich flavors that seem to captivate anyone who tries it.

9.  Masumi Arabashiri Junmai

Masumi’s Arabashiri has almost become synonymous with the term arabashiri itself, which is the first run sake from the moromi tank after pressing.  The 2011 Masumi arabashiri had more banana aromas and flavors than the previous year.

8.  Kurosawa Junmai Kimoto

The name of sake is the same as Japanese film maker Kurosawa.  Because of that,  for many the name is easy to remember, and the sake is easy to enjoy too.

7.  Otokoyama “Man’s Mountain” Tokubetsu Junmai

Manly name and dry taste, it is an all purpose dry sake.

6.  Harushika Shiboribana Nama Junmai

It’s name translates as “Spring Deer,” and this early spring namazake is fruity and happy as one of the many deer in Nara’s famous park.

5.  Akishika Bambi Cup Sake

Who can resist buying a cute bambi “one cup”?

4.  Urakasumi Junmai

Urakasumi brewery is located in Shiogama where the tsunami hit.  Fortunately,the brewer suffered limited damage and got back to making sake soon after.  People bought this tasty Miyagi prefecture sake to support the local brewing industry.

3.  Dassai 50 “Otter Fest” Junmai Daiginjo

A reliably elegant Junmai Daiginjo sake, you can count on this sake for smooth daiginjo flavor.

2.  Narutotai Ginjo Nama Genshu

Move over Dassai!  With bold tropical fruit and a hint of cocoa flavor, this sake goes so well with almost any dish including beef, duck, veggies, and fish.  If you don’t know what you are having for dinner, this is the sake for you!

1.  Kikusui Funaguchi Honjozo

Cool package?  Funaguchi.  Playing Angry Bird?  Funaguchi.  Picnic?  Funaguchi.  Movies?  Funaguchi.  Don’t want to drink too much?  Funaguchi.  The mid-night drink for Santa Claus?  Funaguchi.  It’s the all-purpose, portable, potable, packs-a-punch brew!

January 2012 Sake Tastings

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Happy New Year!  Our tasting line-up is a bit short this month since we’ll be heading to Japan for our annual trip in late January.   However,  before that time arrives, you won’t want to miss the debut of this year’s namazake from Nanbu Bijin and a great full-bodied yet dry, all-around sake from Kan Nihonkai.

Saturday, January 7, 2012, 5-7pm

Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai Namazake (Iwate)

Saturday, January 14, 2012, 5-7pm

Kan Nihonkai Junmai Genshu (Shimane)

Please note that SAKAYA will be closed from January 22 to February 3 while we take our vacation.  We hope that you’ll plan to visit us before (or after) at your convenience.


Rick & Hiroko