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Karakuchi (May 2021)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 250 members throughout the country. Join today! As a bartender for several years, the most common response when I would ask, “What kind of wine would you like?” would indubitably be, “Something dry.” We get this at our...

Shochu'sday

Beni Ikko Sweet Potato Shochu

Happy Shochu'sday!This is a very special shochu by Kagoshima's Komaki Jozo that just hit our shelves. Beni Ikko Sweet Potato Shochu uses 100% imo! This means they inoculated the koji onto the imo, not rice, as they usually do for imo shochus. This creates...

Shochu'sday

Taiko No Kuro Usagi Kokuto Shochu

Happy Shochu’sday!Today let’s talk kokuto. Made with black cane sugar, this shochu must be made on the Amami Islands for it to be considered kokuto shochu.We just got this bottle in: Taiko No Kuro Usagi Kokuto Shochu. Made by Yayoi Jozo on Amami Island,...

Shochu'sday

Yuki Otoko Rice Shochu

Happy Shochu'sday! Today I've brought out my Yuki Otoko Rice Shochu.You may have seen this cute snow yeti on a sake bottle label before – it's one of our favorite sakes in the shop! Niigata's Aoki Shuzo, maker of Yuki Otoko sake, collaborated with Nishi...

Making the Elusive Den Ori Sake

For every batch that Den Sake Brewery releases, we always try to secure all of the Ori that comes along with the release. Ori, in Japanese, means sediment. In the context of sake, ori sake (also known as orizake) is a style...

Shochu'sday

Satsuma Kuro Godai Sweet Potato Shochu

Happy Shochu'sday! Kayoko here, Co-Founder and Shochu Director of Umami Mart. Every Tuesday, I'll be posting something here about shochu. It may be about a shochu I'm into at the moment, or a distillery I want to highlight, or a new shochu we've just brought to our...

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NamaFest (April 2021)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 250 members throughout California. Join today! Happy NamaFest! Coming out of the long brewing season that starts when rice is harvested in the fall, brewers typically release namazakes (unpasteurized sakes) in early spring. These...

Sakura Grilled Oysters

With warm weather ahead, and the pandemic nearly behind us (ain't it though?!?!), we are excited for the prospect of barbecues in the sun with our friends and family. After a year of being cooped up at home with no end in sight, I'd say...

Japanify

Kinako-Dusted Mitarashi Dango

My baba-chan in Tokyo always has a package of Mitarashi Dango on her dining table by her Zojirushi. I look back fondly on those afternoons when I'd sit around and eat dango with her while Richard Clayderman streamed out of her tape player. Mitarashi Dango are rice dumplings draped in...

Female Frontrunners 2021

Nanami Watanabe of Niizawa Shuzo

This year, we are celebrating Female Frontrunners in March to coincide with Girl's Day on March 3, and International Women's Day on March 8. Every year (when we are open), Kayoko, my mom, and I set up the traditional hinamatsuri doll display at the shop and invite the public...

Female Frontrunners 2021

Rumiko Obata of Obata Shuzo

This year, we are celebrating Female Frontrunners in March to coincide with Girl's Day on March 3, and International Women's Day on March 8. Every year (when we are open), Kayoko, my mom, and I set up the traditional hinamatsuri doll display at the shop and invite the public...

Female Frontrunners 2021

Maiko Tsuji of Tsuji Honten

This year, we are celebrating Female Frontrunners in March to coincide with Girl's Day on March 3, and International Women's Day on March 8. Every year (when we are open), Kayoko, my mom, and I set up the traditional hinamatsuri doll display at the shop...

Sake Gumi News

Female Frontrunners (March 2021)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 250 members throughout California. Join today! This year, we are celebrating Female Frontrunners in March to coincide with Girl's Day on March 3, and International Women's Day on March 8. Every year (when we...