SAKE

Sake or saké is a Japanese rice wine made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Unlike wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in grapes, sake is produced by a brewing process more like that of beer, where the starch is converted into sugars, before being converted to alcohol. The brewing process for sake differs from the process for beer in that, for beer, the conversion from starch to sugar and from sugar to alcohol occurs in two discrete steps. Like other rice wines, when sake is brewed, these conversions occur simultaneously. Furthermore, the alcohol content differs between sake, wine, and beer. Wine generally contains 9%–16% ABV, while most beer contains 3%–9%, and undiluted sake contains 18%–20% (although this is often lowered to about 15% by diluting with water prior to bottling).

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  1. AKITABARE "KOSHIKI JUNZUKURI" JUNMAI SAKE 720ML "NORTHERN SKIES" -A3-

    Item #: i_103175
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    JAMES SUCKLING - 94 POINTS
    A particularly gentle style of Junmai that is an accurate expression of how delicate sake can become as you work your way to the north of Japan. There is a clean and crisp mouth feel to compliment the sake’s slightly sweetened rosewater undertones. Rice is Ginjno Polishing 64%. Alcohol 14.5%.

    Akitabare Koshiki Junzukuri "Northern Skies"

    Akitabare is the kind of sake one can drink enjoyably for hours at a stretch. Its subdued, understated refinement evokes a sense of the northern province where it is meticulously brewed. Pleasingly dry and quite mild, a well-crafted traditional sake.
    This Junmai has a plum nose with subtle grass tones. The first sip has a fairly dry start filled with hints of lemon, plum, and grape skin tones. The viscosity is slick and shimmering and the overall feel is soft and balanced. This Junmai is a classic "three sipper" which means you need to realize three sips to find the soul and beauty of this semi-dry Junmai.

    Sake Meter Value: +3
    Acidity: 1.8
    Prefecture: Akita
    Food pairing: Incredibly versatile. Enjoy with a variety of foods.
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  2. ASAHI SHUZO DASSAI 23 CENTRIFUGE JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE - LIMITED

    Item #: i_102127
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS This medium-sweet NV Dassai Migaki 23 Enshinbunri Junmai Daiginjo is too clean, with untraceable floral and fruity scents. To me, the first impression is more like a glass of mineral water. Enshinbunri means filtering by a centrifuge machine, and Asahi Shuzo is said to be the first company in Japan to use one. It seems that almost nothing is left in this sake, but if one wants to understand clean means for Japanese sake, just try this one. Clean and delicate on the palate, it is the purest sake I have ever tried. Rice: Yamada Nishiki. Alcohol: 16%.

    The nose on this limited released New Year’s Nama is an amazing array of honey dew melon, cherry, and soda pop aromas. This is an extremely expressive and wonderful sake and everybody should taste this brew at least once in their life. Basically it is the raw or unpasteurized version of their 23% milled Daiginjo that is so very layered and fun. Talk about smooth but with a sneaky tingle, which means it’s alive! Juicy, bright and elegant this sake drinks like a festive occasion. There are bright fruit elements of cherry and melon mixed with powder sugar and vanilla hints. Each sip is a palate dance and the rhythm of this sake is so bright and so fun. If you can dig deep enough look for a nice yeasty vein that reminds you that this sophisticated sake is unpasteurized and super duper premium!
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    was $120.98 Special Price $101.98
  3. BLACK DRAGON KOKURYU JUNMAI GINJO SAKE 720ML -A2-

    Item #: i_365544
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Todd's Pick!

    A rich nose filled with hints of roasted coffee, mint, salt water taffy, tropical flowers, grapes and honey greet you. This extremely well balanced sake achieves the near impossible of being both expansive in character and clean in feeling. There hints of fruits, minerals, and caramel but also peek-a-boo layers of grains and umami. Almost sweet and savory at once with a dry quick finish.
    Food match: Perfect with grilled meats and root vegetables.

    Prefecture: Fukui
    SMV: +3
    Polishing ratio: 55%
    Acidity: 1.4
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  4. BORN CHOGIN JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ml KATO KICHIBEE SHOUTEN

    Item #: i_310041
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS The medium-sweet NV (non vintage) Born Chogin Junmai Daiginjo shows opulent fruity notes together with a hint of pine nut, fresh almond and spices from its five-year-aging at 10 degrees Celsius in the cellar. It provides superb mouthfeel and is super fruity on the palate. So sexy and seductive! Seimaibuai: 20%. Rice: Yamada Nishiki. Alcohol: 16%.

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    This superior Junmai Daiginjo is carefully aged for 5 years at -8 degrees Celsius. The extraordinary aroma and deep flavor is remarkable. A true gem that represents the very best in the world of Japanese sake, this sake is said to be a favorite of the Imperial family in Japan.

    Sake Rice: Yamadanishiki
    Region: Fukui Prefecture
    Polishing Ratio: 20%
    SMV: +2
    Acidity: 1.7
    Alc.: 17%
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    was $398.95 Special Price $238.99
  5. BUNRAKU YAMAHAI JUNMAI NIHONJIN NO WASUREMONO SAKE 300ML "FORGOTTEN JAPANESE SPIRIT"

    Item #: i_360501
    Bottle Size: 300ml
    Prefecture: Saitama
    SMV (Dryness scale): +2

    Such a smooth and soft sake. Round, soft and earthy, this Yamahai is gentle and expressive all at once! This sake pours crystal clear. Made with native yeasts, it has an intense nose of yellow apple and poached pear, with floral undertones. On the palate, it's rich and lush, with flavors of ripe melon and a hint of nuttiness.
    Using active natural micro organisms such as lactic acid bacterium this Yamahai Junmai has been fermented and processed with a great deal of effort.
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  6. DAISHICHI HOUREKI JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720 ML

    Item #: i_471145
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    This is a free run drops junmai daiginjo made by the traditional kimoto method and designed to be served chilled. This carefully matured sake gives sweet-sour accents and boasts an exquisite, fruity aroma that envelops you in its gentle, creamy perfume. It has received great praise, thanks to its particularly well-balanced body and unparalleled richness. Only a limited number of bottles of this exclusive sake are produced each year. This is the only kimoto-based, junmai sake to have won the Gold Medal in the Japan Brewing Society's national competition. The name Houreki comes from the name of the era in which the Daishichi Sake Brewery was established (1752).
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  7. DAISHICHI MINOWAMON JUNMAI DAIGINJO 720ML "THE GATE" -A3-

    Item #: i_471136
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Daishichi makes rich, mellow sakes whose outstanding reputation comes from an insistence on a strictly orthodox brewing tradition: the Kimoto method. This means that when preparing the starter for the Sake, the fermentation vessel is left open, allowing natural (and more funky) yeast to ferment the Sake. It takes 4 weeks to nurture the yeast instead of the normal one week. This extra-long process creates a dry, earthy, complex brew with virtually no unwanted flavors what-so-ever. The aroma is fragrant and delicate with hints of rice, cherry and sandalwood. The palate is clean, dry and pure with lovely tropical fruit flavors. The finish is a phantom. Lush nuances are all that's left behind of what was once...a dream perhaps? No, it's just Daishichi. Daishichi Minowamon is the pride of Daishichi as being the first sake in Japan to which the superflat rice polishing technique developed by the brewery has been applied.

    Prefecture: Fukushima
    SMV +1
    ACIDITY 1.4
    ALCOHOL %15-16
    Serve: Chilled, With: grains, meats, vegetables, tofu, as an aperitif. Delicate, fragrant and mild with a smooth and clean palate that is attractively pleasant and sensual.

    Minowamon is a multiple award winning Junmai Daiginjo sake, brewed utilizing the traditional kimoto method, developed by Daishichi to create a sake that truly free of any undesirable flavors. The flavors are clear with a sumptuous underlying richness that exudes elegant aromas and in a gentle, mellow texture that is remarkably delicate.
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  8. DAISHICHI MYOKA RANGYOKU KIMOTO JUNMAI DAIGINJO SHIZUKU GENSHU "HEAVENLY FLOWER" SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_471146
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Ultra-premium Sake producer, Daishichi makes this Kimoto Shizuku free-run sake in the traditional method, and they received the first Gold Medal for a Kimoto Daiginjo in the history of the Japanese National Competition. With everything hand-crafted, there is a meticulous effort in selecting the perfect grains of Yamadanishiki rice GRAIN BY GRAIN! The sake is then aged to achieve the perfect matured flavor it is known for, finished with a hand-blown Murano glass bottle, and adorned with a pewter shield on the bottle and a glass cap made in Germany. This sake is profoundly complex with a deep richness and almost chewy texture. Daishichi Myoka Rangyoku Daiginjo is truly a sake of considerable character. Daishichi only gives the title "Myoka Rangyoku" to sake in years when they believe they have attained the highest level possible.
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  9. DASSAI '50' JUNMAI DAIGINJO 720 ML

    Item #: i_320301
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Prefecture: Yamaguchi

    Milling rate: 50%

    SMV dryness scale: +3 (dry/neutral) This is Dassai's entry Daiginjo, as the rice is milled down to 50%, and is creamy and lively on the palate.

    Since 2011, all DASSAI products have been kosher certified each year by "Chabad Tokyo Japan".
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  10. DASSAI 23 ENSHINBUNRI JUNMAI DAIGINJO 720ML ASAHI SHUZO SAKE

    Item #: i_365596
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS The medium dry Asahi Shuzo NV Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo should be one of the lowest Seimaibuai (23%) sakes in Japan. It is pure and clean, with light but complex scents of white flowers, cherry, strawberry, banana and fresh rice. On the palate it is broad and smooth with a clean spicy finish. Rice: Yamada Nishiki. Alcohol: 16%.

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    Dassai 23 - Dassai blends the best ingredients with old-fashioned experience and cutting edge technology. Polished to an unprecedented 23% polish ratio (a process that takes 4 days), Dassai Junmai Daiginjo is super-refined. The nose shows off with lots of berry fruit and candy-like yeast aromas. Hints of pear, cotton candy, violet and the undeniable taste of yamadanishiki rice linger on the palate. The finish is lush and tropical, yet dry. Silky smooth on the palate, this is very special sake to be enjoyed on a special occasion.

    Dassai 'Migaki Niwari Sanbu' JUNMAI DAIGINJO
    SMV +4
    Prefecture: Yamaguchi

    Since 2011, all DASSAI products have been Kosher certified each year by "Chabad Tokyo Japan".
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  11. DASSAI 23 JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 300ML ASAHI SHUZO **HALF-BOTTLE**

    Item #: i_102122
    Bottle Size: 300ml
    300ML bottle

    Dassai 23 - With its rice milling of 23% which is the highest milling of all commercial sake has been received very well around the world. Gorgeous aroma of melons and peaches, and elegant long finish.

    Since 2011, all DASSAI products have been Kosher certified each year by "Chabad Tokyo Japan".
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  12. DASSAI 39 JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_103401
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Tasting Notes:

    A nose rich in banana and pear gives this sake a deceptive sweet sensation. The palate is elegant and balanced with a long dry finish.

    Food Pairing Suggestion: The sweet nose and dry finish is an excellent match with Kaiseki Japanese cuisine. We also recommend this sake with Cantonese cuisine.
    Milling Rate: 39%
    Prefecture: Yamaguchi

    Since 2011, all DASSAI products have been Kosher certified each year by "Chabad Tokyo Japan".
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  13. DASSAI 50 SPARKLING NIGORI 360ML "Otter Fest"

    Item #: i_365811
    Bottle Size: 330ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS The medium sweet Asahi Shuzo NV Dassai 50 Sparkling Junmai Daiginjo is cloudy with subtle bubbles from bottle fermentation. It offers generous aromas of congee, lychee, melon and pear, with cream and a balanced structure. The finish is clean and fruity. A must-try Sparkling sake! Rice: Yamada Nishiki. Alcohol: 15%.

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    This unfiltered sake which comes in a 300ml bottle, looks cloudy, has a velvety smooth flavor, and light fragrances.

    It is only available in the US and the UK.

    Since 2011, all DASSAI products have been Kosher certified each year by "Chabad Tokyo Japan".
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  14. DASSAI NIGORI SAKE 300ML

    Item #: i_103831
    Bottle Size: 300ml
  15. DENSHIN YUKI JUNMAI GINJO 180ML

    Item #: i_113782
    Bottle Size: Each
  16. DEWAZAKURA DEWASANSAN "GREEN RIDGE" JUNMAI GINJO SAKE 300ML *HALF BOTTLE*

    Item #: i_365572
    Bottle Size: 300ml
    Prefecture: Yamagata
    SMV: +4
    Acidity: 1.4
    Technically, a Daiginjo, as the rice is milled to 50%. What a beautiful, light sake. Refreshing, crisp and no aftertaste, with vivid notes of green apple.
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  17. DEWAZAKURA DEWASANSAN 1.8L MAG "GREEN RIDGE" JUNMAI GINJO - SHIPS AS TWO BOTTLES

    Item #: i_365558
    Bottle Size: 1.5L
    MAGNUM. 1.8L. SHIPS AS TWO BOTTLES.

    Technically, a Daiginjo, as the rice is milled to 50%. What a beautiful, light sake. Refreshing, crisp and no aftertaste, with vivid notes of green apple.

    Serving Recommendations:
    “Dewasansan” is delicious with sashimi and oysters on the half-shell, and pairs perfectly with grilled tuna, sea bass and halibut. Keep under refrigeration after purchase and serve chilled.

    Awards:
    Gold Award, Ginjo class, 2014, 2015 & 2016 U.S. National Sake Appraisal Silver Award, Ginjo class, 2013 U.S. National Sake Appraisal
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  18. DEWAZAKURA DEWASANSAN GINJO "GREEN RIDGE" SAKE -A1-

    Item #: i_114312
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Technically, a Daiginjo, as the rice is milled to 50%. What a beautiful, light sake. Refreshing, crisp and no aftertaste, with vivid notes of green apple.

    Serving Recommendations:
    “Dewasansan” is delicious with sashimi and oysters on the half-shell, and pairs perfectly with grilled tuna, sea bass and halibut. Keep under refrigeration after purchase and serve chilled.

    Awards:
    Gold Award, Ginjo class, 2014, 2015 & 2016 U.S. National Sake Appraisal Silver Award, Ginjo class, 2013 U.S. National Sake Appraisal
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  19. DEWAZAKURA IZUMI JUDAN 'TENTH DEGREE' GINJO SAKE 720ML -A3-

    Item #: i_103179
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Wow! This Sake is crisp and BONE DRY with a hint of juniper, reminiscent of Gin. No other Sake we have encountered combines the dryness, herbaceousness and edginess (36 proof) to such an exhilarating effect.

    On the nose and palate, look for juniper berries, crisp pear, and dry melon tones. This sake appeals to those who like the flavor and tingle of the clear spirits, but without the full spirit punch!

    Acidity: 1.4
    Rice Variety: Dewasansan, Haenuki
    Polishing Ratio: 50%
    Yeast: Yamagata, YK-0107
    Alcohol Percentage: 17–18%
    Acidity: 1.4
    Sake Meter Value: +12.0
    Prefecture: Nagano
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  20. DEWAZAKURA OKA "CHERRY BOUQUET" GINJO SAKE 720ML -A2-

    Item #: i_365541
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Rice: Miyamanishiki, Yuki Kessho milled to 50%

    Oka "Cherry Bouquet" is milled to Daiginjo levels. The nose is a beautiful blend of flower blossoms, peach, radish, and spring water. It has dry start that is accompanied by a soft and creamy middle mouth filled with dried fruit overtones and a subtle melon finish. The viscosity thickens as the fluid warms in the mouth, and there is an overall floral perception from start to finish. It is a very nice example of a sake that shimmers in one’s mouth as the roundness is quite prominent and appealing. Soft-feeling on the tongue, Oka's transparency of flavor matches the clarity of the colorless liquor. It is floral rather than fruity, though there is a touch of pear, and melon.

    Serving Recommendations:
    The perfect companion for clams on the halfshell, lightly dressed salads and white fish sushi or sashimi. Keep under refrigeration after purchase and serve well-chilled.

    Awards: Gold Award, Ginjo class, 2013, 2014, & 2015 U.S. National Sake Appraisal
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  21. GEKKEIKAN BLACK & GOLD SAKE 750ML -A5-

    Item #: i_320007
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Gekkeikan 'Black and Gold' JUNMAI GINJOSMV 0, ACIDITY 1.6, ALCOHOL % 15.6Serve: Warm Tepid or Chilled, With: Grilled Meats or Vegetables; Sushi; Fruits; Cheese; Fried RiceSubtle aromas of citrus zest, rose and basil. Very smooth entry, evolves into a graininess that spreadsGekkeikan Black and GoldThis versatile sake has a smooth, mellow flavor and can be enjoyed warmed, room temperature or chilled. Serve from this traditional tokkuri container that was used when purchasing sake in the old days.
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  22. GEKKEIKAN BLUEBERRY SAKE 750ML -A5-

    Item #: i_320013
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Infused with all natural blueberry flavor, this is a refreshingly light sake tasting of blueberry and freshly picked dark fruit. Charmingly sweet. Delicious served over ice, or in cocktails.

    Sulfate and Gluten free.
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  23. GEKKEIKAN HAIKU SAKE 750ML -A5-

    Item #: i_328831
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Gekkeikan 'Haiku' JUNMAI GINJOSMV +3, ACIDITY 1.7, ALCOHOL % 15Serve: Slightly Chilled, With: Barbecue; Spicy Vegetables; Grilled Mushrooms; Fresh CheesesSlight floral hints of Jasmine with white tea aromas, and refreshing citrus tones that linger with finesse
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