December 13, 2016

Today Only: 10% off One Cup Sake Gift Set

by Umami Mart Staff

Today the marks the first day of our 12 Days of Christmas holiday deals. Every day, from today through December 24, we’ll offer a new one-day only deal on a product in our shop. Today’s deal is for 10% off the One Cup Sake Gift Set. Find the discount code on our 12 Days of […]

November 22, 2016

A Visit to Kitaya Brewery in Kyushu

by Kayoko Akabori

As we celebrate Scorpios this month in Sake Gumi, our sake club selections are centered around yamahai and kimoto-style sakes. One Sake Gumi offering is by Kitaya Brewery called Souden, an earthy, yogurty brew that is a current staff favorite. Yoko and I (along with Johnny, Anders, and TB) were fortunate to visit Kitaya on […]

November 8, 2016

Sake Caliente Pop-Up at Azasu NYC

by Kayoko Akabori

The sake scene in New York City is dynamic. When I lived there from 2002-2008, the sake trend was definitely in development, and as a worker-bee in Midtown Manhattan, I was fortunate enough to spend many a late-nights at Sakagura, one of NY’s famed sake bars and other Japanese watering holes in the area. There were […]

October 18, 2016

Eat + Drink Here Now: Nomica

by Patrick Lu

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October 15, 2016

Sake Gumi News: Legends and Folklore (October 2016)

by Yoko Kumano

October sakes ship today for Sake Gumi, our monthly sake subscription club. If you like what’s on deck here, you should join! To coincide with the coming of Halloween, this month’s Sake Gumi theme highlights the images of Japanese legends and folklore that often adorn sake labels. From the Gegege no Kitaro characters that appear on one-cups […]

October 7, 2016

The Umami Reader: Limited Edition Whisky Pocky is Coming Soon!

by Sarah Han

– Glico has teamed up with Suntory to bring the world a new limited edition flavor: Whisky Pocky! Part of its adult collection, Otona No Kohaku Pocky (Adult Amber) are salted pretzel sticks flavored with wort (malt extract) that are covered with rich, bitter chocolate. Glico explains that these Pocky are meant to be enjoyed with […]

August 26, 2016

The Umami Reader: David Bowie’s 1980 Sake Commercial Is Creepy and Awesome

by Sarah Han

– Here’s one from the archives: Did you know David Bowie appeared in a Japanese sake commercial in 1980. The ad was for Crystal Jun Rock shochu and featured a snippet of his haunting instrumental synth track, “Crystal Japan” and some intense eye contact from the Space Oddity. Oh David Bowie, we miss you!  (Dangerous […]

August 15, 2016

Sake Gumi News: Happy 1st Birthday Sake Gumi (August 2016)

by Yoko Kumano

August sakes ship today for Sake Gumi, our monthly sake subscription club. If you like what’s on deck here, you should join! “Celebrating Design, Drinks, + Japan” is at the core of everything we do at Umami Mart. It is our tag line, afterall. Four years ago today, full of giddiness and hope, Kayoko and I took […]

August 8, 2016

Happy Hour: The Western

by Kayoko Akabori

It is really difficult to create cocktails using sake as a base. Sake tends to be subtle and the nuances are often lost when other spirits are combined into the drink. So it takes a genius who understands these subtleties to come up with a cocktail that allows the sake to shine on the palate. Our friends […]

July 21, 2016

Bring The Cold Sake Set on Your Next Date!

by Umami Mart Staff

The Cold Sake Set has everything you need to chill out and cool your jets with some refreshing sake. In this case, the crowd-pleasing Dassai 50, a crisp and delicious junmai daiginjo that’s perfect for sipping on warmer days. We often recommend Dassai 50, as it’s a great high-quality entry-level sake that even connoisseurs enjoy. Try […]