So couldn’t make Whisky Fest this year? Don’t fret its a whisky fest everyday at Moshi Moshi. In the Scottish tradition, we pour our Japanese and Scotch whiskies from a 25 ml thimble. 25ml is a bit more than 3/4 of an ounce which is plenty to get a real taste for any whisky and by pouring less the price of admission comes down which allows are guests to try more whisky. We have lots of whisky!
Our specialty is Japanese whisky and we have healthy supplies of the core age stated whiskies from Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki, Nikka PureMalt, Yoichi and Miyagikyo. We also carry all labels from Mars-Iwai, Chichibu and Akashi and we have a staff that knows their whiskey. Lanny, Phil, Mindy and myself have all been to Japan and toured several of the distilleries there. We love talking about whisky and being able to share firsthand information with our guests.
Of course we have a great selection of Scotch and American whiskies as well. You will find a large selection of curated flights in our bar menu or one of our bartenders can put a flight together for you based on your tastes. All flights are done with 25ml pours.
Nikka Coffey Malt is now imported to the states. Malted barley is distilled using the same Coffey type column still Nikka uses to make their Coffey Grain whisky at the Miyagikyo Distillery in Sendai, Japan. Located near the north eastern coast of Honshu island – the main island of Japan – the Miyagikyo distillery draws the water for its whisky from a pristine river that flows through the property. This very soft mineral free water is one of the keys to the softer, lighter style whiskies Miyagikyo is known for. Nikka Coffey Malt should not be confused with “single malts” or “blended malts”. It’s really its own thing with a unique flavor profile. Lively and tart on the nose, with hints of lemon, pear and even pepper, the palate continues with citrus as vanilla, coffee and praline develop, leading to a fruity finish.
We’ve known and enjoyed this whisky for a while but had to go to Japan to get it. Now it’s here for you to try care of Anchor Distilling – the importer for Nikka whiskies and a lot of other brands we love – and Southern Wine and Spirits Distributing. At Moshi Moshi you can enjoy it several ways:
In our new Nikka Highball
Nikka Coffey Malt whisky with a dash of Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao, a small amount of lemon juice and a bit of junmai sake, stirred and topped with soda water. A refreshing warm weather cocktail; the small amount of sake plays well with lemon, sugar and cacao – toning down the tart and sweet components – while not detracting from or diluting the natural flavors of the whisky.
$8 for our 25ml pour, we recommend a few drops of water or an ice cube
Or, as part of a flight
NIKKAS WE LIKE
From the Barrel-Coffey Malt-Taketsuru 17
Also from Japan, we have a new beer on tap: Hitachino’s Hinomaru.
This ale is brewed using Kaneko Golden malted barley and Japanese hops. After fermentation, fresh Fukure Mikan juice and peel is added along with fresh Sansho pepper. The use of Fukure Mikan and Sansho is subtle – these flavors don’t overpower or draw attention – but the way they work together with the malt and hops is transformative. Fruity and complex with just enough hops to give it some backbone, this is a perfect beer for Japanese food especially with grilled meats or tempura.
Hey everybody! We have a very exciting event planned for you. We are hosting one of our favorite whisky companies – Compass Box Whisky – as they release two very special whiskies on Wednesday June 1st 2016.
What: $2 Tasting: Taste classic Compass Box whiskies from tasting menu
$5 Compass Box Cocktails: Select Compass Box whisky cocktails; whisky tasting included
The Circus will available for purchase at a discounted price. While supplies last.
When: Wednesday Evening June 1st 2016 from 6 pm to 9pm
Where: Moshi Moshi 2092 3rd Street San Francisco 94107, 415-861-8285
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Enlightenment: a blend of bright and fruity highland malts from Clynelish, Glentauchers, and Balblair aged in first fill American oak barrels with a bit of weighty Mortlach aged in rejuvenated American Oak barrels.
The Circus: the result of another rare find – old parcels of blended Scotch and blended grain whisky that had been aged pre-blended in cask for many years. Little is known of the component distillery whiskies, only that they contain both single malt and single grain whiskies and that the ‘marrying casks’ are sherry butts.
Compass box has made their name through innovative blends and barreling techniques that push the boundaries of what Scotch whisky can be. Representatives from Compass Box will be on hand to explain and help you understand the art of blending whisky and its importance to the production of any whisky. If you like whisky, whisky cocktails, learning about whisky and or talking about whisky this is the whisky event for you.