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Crio "Frozen Moon" Sweet Potato Shochu

Happy Shochu'sday!There's nothing like a janky meal lazily slapped together that calls for an upscale drink, am I right?! A fancy cocktail or a fine wine can effortlessly turn a drab Monday into a jazzy Friday night. Case in point on a recent evening where...

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Akazaru Sweet Potato Shochu

Happy Shochu'sday!  Before the pandemic began, our bar in the back of the shop was a groovy little spot where you could relax and enjoy a variety of sake and the best shochu we have to offer stateside. While our shochu catalog has grown since then to an array of...

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Rihei Ginger Shochu

  Happy Shochu'sday!We had incredible shochu times last week with @honkakuspirits founder and Japanese drinks expert @christopherpellegrini in the house for our first in-person bar event since the start of the pandemic! Not to mention our first spirits tasting at our bar!!!! Thank...

Shochu Gumi News

Shochu Gumi n.008: Kasutori Shochu

It was only a matter of time for Yoko and me to collaborate on a Shochu/Sake Gumi mash-up theme. For September, we are excited to present shuzo (alcohol makers) that make shochu and sake. So you’ll see bottles by Kitaya and Akita Seishu Brewery in both Sake and Shochu Gumi...

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Colorful Sweet Potato Shochu

Safe! We made it to another Shochu'sday. It's my privilege this week to talk about Colorful, a new imo shochu to hit the shelves at Umami Mart, and one I've been really taking my time in getting to know. This is a blended shochu comprising of...

Event Recap

Basuku Cheesecake Flash Sale

It all happened organically, like all things do here at Umami Mart. The other day, Charles Chen, of the wildly popular Basuku Cheesecakes walked in to get some tea from our shop. He was dialing in a new hojicha flavor for a new, seasonal cheesecake. After chatting and catching...

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Sennen No Nemuri Barley Shochu

Happy Shochu'sday!I'm still riding our birthday wave over here, and with our Anniversary Sale having just ended, I really need a drink!Today I highlight the very special Sennen No Nemuri, barrel aged in oak for several years. I enjoyed this genshu (tank strength)...

Yakitori Party Tips + Tricks

Grilling season is here! And in our 15 years of blogging on Umami Mart dot com (formerly umamimart.blogspot.com), we have never had a how-to for making yakitori at home. That's hard to believe considering how easy it actually is. But it is a lot of prep, so...

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Yamatozakura Sweet Potato Shochu

To celebrate our 9th anniversary, I wanted to kanpai with y'all with a special bottle. Washi, our dear friend and co-owner of @sobaichi_oakland , recently visited Japan and brought us back a bottle of the very lush and delightful @yamatozakura sweet potato shochu.Yamatozakura is...

Sake Gumi News

Yakitori + Sake (August 2021)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 250 members throughout the country. Join today! It's the summertime, and I always look forward to having grilled foods this time of year. From St. Louis BBQ to yakitori draped in tare (sweet and...

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Selephant Kokuto Shochu

Happy Shochu'sday!We've recently received a shipment of Selephant Kokuto Shochu, imported by our friends Stephen and Christopher of @honkaku.spirits and @japandistilled . This is truly a special kokuto shochu which we can't get enough of here. It is such a rad expression...

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Zuisen Hakuryu Awamori

Happy Shochu'sday!I've saved the best for last for the finale of this awamori marathon we have been running this past month, to highlight our Awamori Bazaar event tonight with Nick Korn. Zuisen Hakuryu Awamori (featured in March 2020 for Shochu Gumi) is...

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Sakura Yamakawa Awamori

Happy Shochu'sday! We made it. As we are featuring groovy, rich, and exciting awamoris all month, it was my pleasure to get to sit down with Sakura Yamakawa, an exquisite and very limited offering from Yamakawa Shuzo in Okinawa. This delicacy of an awamori is a...

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Hanashimauta Awamori

Happy Shochu'sday!We're featuring awamori here all month to get us ready for the Awamori Bazaar event with our friend Nick Korn on July 21st. It’s going to be super educational and fun, we hope you can all make it!This week I had a cup of...

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Taragawa Awamori

Happy Shochu'sday!To get us all in the mood for our upcoming Awamori Bazaar event with our friend Nick Korn on July 21, we are featuring Taragawa Awamori this week. Clocking in at 44% ABV, Taragawa is a robust awamori with notes...

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Shiroyutaka Hozan Sweet Potato Shochu

Hello friends! It's been another long week, thus Shochu'sday is upon us. How the time does fly. This week's shochu, Shiroyutaka Hozan, comes to us from Kagoshima's Nishi Shuzo, a distillery well-known to our customers with offerings like Tomino Hozan and Tenshi no Yuwaku....