Sake and Cheese Flight Night

YES! Sake and cheese are stellar together.

Moshi Moshi welcomes Jesse Pugach, Founder of Fifth Taste this Thursday, August 15th from 6pm to 9 pm. Fifth Taste is a local sake distributor with an amazing profile of sakes that promise to tease and tantalize the umami receptors on your tongue. Jesse is joined by his wife, Liza Kaplansky, a local cheese expert, (currently working for Sweet Grass Dairy) and together they have curated phenomenal pairings of local cheese and Japanese sake for the evening.

Two years ago Mitsuru-san and I went to True Sake‘s Sake Day festival in J-Town where Jesse and Liza had a table where they were offering samples of sake and cheese – we were blown away. Ever since that day Mits and I have talked about recreating that tasting at Moshi. Well, here it is and I hope it to be one in a line of sake and cheese pairings to come.

Please note: while reservations are not necessary they are highly recommended. Also note that the picture does not reflect the actual sake and cheese flight being offered it is only for marketing purposes.

Ki No Bi Gin Flight Night

Moshi Moshi is having our 1st gin event!

Come join us on May the 4th (be with you) from 6pm to 9pm to celebrate the Ki No Bi Kyoto Gin. We have specially priced flights and Star Wars inspired cocktails – all made with Ki No Bi, of course.

Evans Horn, Ki No Bi specialist will be on hand to guide us through all the Ki No Bi gin expressions.

Reservations are recommended but not necessary.

The Balvenie Whisky Tasting and Cocktail Event this Thursday night April 18th from 6pm to 9pm.

Join this Thursday night as we celebrate the whiskies of The Balvenie. Ashela Richardson – brand ambassador for The Balvenie – will be here to guide you through an incredible range of whisky we have put together for the evening. As usual we’ll have special prices on some great flights and maybe a surprise or two. If you attended our Glenfiddich event last month you’ll know you won’t want to miss this one.

Reservations are recommended but not necessary. Quantities of some whiskies are limited so the earlier the better.

Please use Flywheel, walk, or have a designated driver for the night of the event.

Akashi Whisky Tasting and Cocktail Event – 6pm to 9pm Thursday April 4th 2019

Akashi Distillery – located near the sea not far from the town of Kobe – has been making small batch whisky since 1984.

Join us Thursday April 4th 2019 form 6:00 to 9:00 pm as we celebrate the whiskies of Akashi. Located near the sea – in the town of Eigeshima – not far from Kobe, Akashi has been making whisky since 1984 in very small batches.

We’ll have specially priced flights that cover the core whiskies Akashi has to offer and we’ll be digging out some specialty bottles from our collection to give you a taste of the depth and innovation Akashi  has been developing. In addition we’ll have some great cocktails like Up From The Deep – a whisky ‘Martini” if you can imagine – at special prices as well.

We’d also like to take this moment to tell you about a couple of other special events that are right around the corner that you may want to mark in your calendars:

April 18th from 6pm to 9pm Ashela Richardson of William Grant and Sons will be hosting another great event this time featuring whiskies from The Balvenie Distillery.

On May the Fourth will be featuring KiNoBi gin. Thomas Hatch our award winning bartender has some delicious cocktails in store for the discerning gin fan who appreciates a good Star Wars reference.

Reservations  are recommended but not necessary. Quantities of some whiskies are limited so earlier the better. 415-861-8285

Please use Flywheel, walk, or have a designated driver for the night of the event.

Exclusive Regions Whisky Tasting at Moshi Moshi, Thursday Night October 25th 6:00pm to 9:30pm.

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society at Moshi Moshi

On Monday, April 16th, from 6pm – 9:30pm, Moshi is very happy to have Amanda Victoria and The Scotch Malt Whisky Society back and we have a stellar evening planned. In addition to the selection of SMWS bottles already on the back-bar from Moshi’s last event with SMWS, Amanda and I have curated an additional six expressions designed to get your whisky-brain shooting off fireworks. In addition, Moshi will be offering special, culinary pairings for those that want a nosh with their whisky. On hand, in very limited quantities, will be 28.35, 9.124, 9.113, 4.225, 29.222, and a sneak preview of July Outturn 7.187. Members and non-members are all welcome to join.  And most important: Do not drink and drive. Please have a designated driver or use public transport; much appreciated

My first experience with The SMWS bottles was in Kyoto, five years ago at a whisky bar that is now called K6, that seems to have been part of a dream. It was before I was nerding out on Japanese whisky and therefore my lack of notes is disheartening, except for a few, poorly captured, photos.  I was thirstily looking at all the Japanese whisky and chose two Suntory The Owner’s Cask single cask whiskies to start my journey. As I was enjoying my whisky my eye started focusing on the line of bottles acting like crown molding for the back bar. What were these oddly mysterious bottles? I had never seen anything like it, the similar design, except for the differing red numbers, and the changing text. The bartender saw my curiosity and handed me a menu with all The SMWS expressions they had on hand.

As with all single cask expressions, my first moment drinking SMWS might only be repeated with several thousand dollars as the two expressions I followed The Owner’s Casks with are now super rare. The SMWS 119.10 (19 year single cask from Yamazaki) and 116.18 (18 year single cask from Yoichi) were fireworks in my mouth. I could expound on the actual nose and taste but the labels on the bottle were spot on:

119.10 “I wish it could be Christmas every day!” Guatemalan rum, dried fruit, brown sugar and Christmas pudding envelope the nose; figgy nut cake and latte come with water. The palate is rich and thick, with dark chocolate and crème brûlée, sherry, liquorice and treacle. A wonderfully balanced, sherried dram.

116.18 “Amazing toffee, honey sweetness” A nose of lacquered wood, Marsala-soaked raisins, toffee apples, cinnamon donuts and damson crumble. With water honey, fudge, brandy snaps, ginger and perfume. The palate is all sherried Xmas cake with marzipan, toasted almonds, red cola rocky road and sweet oak.

I am always on the lookout for drams of these stellar bottles. On my last trip to Tokyo I found myself at The Mash Tun, another amazing whisky bar to snuggle into. Toru Suzuki, the proprietor, offered up the last dram of SMWS 120.7 (a 14 year single cask from Hakushu and maybe my favorite so far).SMWS-120.7-Tokyo-2016.jpg

Mitsuru, the owner of Moshi, and I are heading to Tokyo this Spring and we will be sure to go to the newer partner bar for The Scotch Malt Whisky Society at the Park Hotel, The Society, and see what we can dig up.

But in the meantime, come by Moshi Moshi to say hi to Amanda, Mitsuru and myself on Monday, April 16, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.  You will be able to tell us if the team at SMWS got the notes on this 19 year single cask from Laphroaig right:

29.222 “Fruits de mer”  Sweetly welcoming with praline, digestive biscuits and roasted chestnuts, the nose quickly embodied the familiar air of peat smoke and burnt heather with salty oyster shells, empty fish crates and rock pools. The aroma of putty became a common reoccurrence along with the underlying juicy-fruitiness of wine gums, blackcurrant sweets and lime juice which mingled with a minty hint to give the impression of a refreshing mojito. Water emphasized the more maritime and medicinal mélange of tarry rope, first aid box, herbal cough syrup and ship’s engine grease whilst being lifted by floral lavender and a lovely waxy mouth feel.

 

You do not have to be a Society member to take part in this event, but I hope you leave as one. 

-Lanny Lighthill, GM