Choryo Yamahai Omachi Cedar-Aged Taru-zake
Choryo's Yamahai Omachi Taruzake is clean and sophisticated, with a wonderfully earthy, woody balance. On the nose, it is black pepper, tea, rice, and wonder...
Choryo's Yamahai Omachi Taruzake is clean and sophisticated, with a wonderfully earthy, woody balance. On the nose, it is black pepper, tea, rice, and wonderful subdued cedar aromas. The damp earth and woody aromas, along with the rainwater-like texture remind me of Oregon autumns on the coast. On the palate, this sake is slightly dry, with a soft and watery texture that bears a pleasant and light astringency.
Choryo is most well-known as a brewery for their concerted efforts in preserving Japan's tradition of cedar sake barrel-making. In staggering attention to detail, Choryo harvests specific young trees of a certain size (not too young, not too old) from a forest nearby the brewery. They then make specific barrels from different parts of the wood, to be used specifically for each sake they make. This sake sees about 2 weeks of age in these fresh handmade cedar casks. Once the casks have been used for sake, they get passed on to be used in traditional miso and shoyu production.
The term Yamahai in this sake's name refers to an old-school brewing technique where lactic acid is produced naturally from the ambient airborne bacteria in the brewery. This method is risky and more time consuming than the modern way of doing things, but the results can yield earthiness, umami, gaminess, and big-boned sake.
For a map of our delivery area and list of deliverable zip codes, please see our FAQ.
Local delivery is free on orders over $75, otherwise we charge a $10 delivery fee.
Delivery times are available Tuesday-Sunday, from 11am to 7pm.
Enter your zip code and select "Local Delivery" at checkout.
Please keep in mind that for orders containing alcohol, we may need to see the ID of the person who ordered to verify that you're 21+.
Free scheduled pickups are available from the Fulamingo Kitchen, as well as from our friends at Cargo or Colibri!
Just select "Store Pickup" at checkout, and choose your pickup location. Then, choose a pickup date and time.
Cargo, 81 SE Yamhill St.
Open for pickups 11am-5pm, Friday-Saturday. 1pm-5pm on Sunday.
Colibri Flowers and Plants, 1454 NE Prescott St.
Open for pickups from Noon-6pm, Wednesday-Saturday, and 1pm-5pm on Sundays.
Fulamingo Kitchen, 2256 N. Albina St. (Look for our banner outside the Gotham Building, and call or text when you arrive. We'll bring out your order.)
Pickups from 10:30am-1:30pm, Wednesday-Sunday.
Rescheduling: If you feel you might be late or need to reschedule your pickup, please let us know by 10am of your scheduled date, and we will be happy to set up a new time for you! Otherwise, we ask that you please be on time for your scheduled pickup. For food quality and safety reasons, we may have to dispose of any prepared foods if you are more than two hours late for your pickup and will not be able to offer a refund.
Picking up from Cargo/Colibri: Just show up at your pickup spot with your ID, on your pickup date/time and let them know you are there for your Fulamingo order. Show your ID to a staff member and they will get hand off your pickup to you. Also, while you're at any of our friends' stores, please feel free to shop!
Fulamingo ships most of our stuff! Unfortunately we can't yet ship alcohol, perishables, or prepared foods.
Select Shipping at checkout!