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What: a flight of three sakes (these rotate frequently)

Where: Sake Nomi , 76 South Washington Street, Seattle, WA, 98104, (206) 467-SAKE,

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I Drank This: Sake Flights at Sake Nomi

Great Sake Selection, But I Crave Sushi

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What: a flight of three sakes (these rotate frequently)

Where: Sake Nomi, 76 South Washington Street, Seattle, WA, 98104, (206) 467-SAKE,

When: a few days ago, after work

Cost: $13 for a flight of three 2 ounce pours of sake of varying degrees of refinement (we had them split it into six one ounce pours, so we could each taste our own.)

Would I drink it again? Yes, easily. I might buy a bottle to take home (which, with a generous selection of sake bottles for sale in the corner, feels a bit like the point).

Official Tasting Notes: The owners, Johnnie Stroud sake man.jpg

and his wife, Taiko, sakewoman.jpg

waited on my friend and me at the bar: they were super friendly and highly informative. We learned that the higher-end sakes are made with very finely milled rice (measured in millimeters) in which the outside has been milled off, so the rice wine is made with only the purest inner kernel of sweet carbohydrate.

The sakes we tried were clean and delicate, strong but with hardly any flavor of alcohol, and more complex than I was expecting. The Nothingness was my favorite, with a clean, dry flavor, and deliciously slippery. If you happen to have the owners all to yourselves (as we did) ask them to tell you the story (and see the video reenactment) of what is said to be Tiger Wood's favorite sake. Yes, he doesn't drink. Yes, this sake got him out of a slump. Above the bar, the flat screen runs a loop depicting the making of sake: quite ceremonial and very hands on. Literally: hands touching rice.

Insider Tip: Eat First, or you'll be craving sushi. The proffered containers of mixed nuts and a loud (yes, loud) bag of chips were disappointingly not quite right. I believe Taiko when she says she drinks sake with pizza, but I guess I crave a little more ceremony (or maybe it's tradition) in my food pairings. Plus I was just hungry. A girl wants to eat with her drink. The stuff was strong, and I needed a bit of something to pad my belly.

Sake Nomi was pretty wonderful, though not all I was hoping for, in terms of atmosphere. I wanted it to be cozier, I wanted to hang out more. The owners were quite a lot of fun to talk to, but the space (and the lack of food) doesn't lend itself so easily to hanging out.

Sake Nomi has been open for a few weeks, but to make it official, they're throwing a grand opening party this Saturday, July 21, from noon-6 p.m.
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See my original post here, on the mission of this promising drinking spot, and a follow up here.

Photos by Chris Kornelis.

 
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