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. AN TOKUBETSU JUNMAI SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_103184
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Producer: Kumaya Shuzou
    Location: Okayama Prefecture
    Rice: Omachi 90% of Omachi rice produced in Okayama
    Rice Polished to 60%
    Alcohol: 15.5% / Yeast: #9 / Acidity: 1.6 / Sake Degrees: +6

    This Tokubetsu (meaning: special) Junmai Sake by AN, has an undeniable complexity. Also, we hate to use the word "smooth", but man is this smoooth. Pear and honeydew dance on the palate, mellow, but with and a clean, crisp finish
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  2. ASABIRAKI JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_365263
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    $435.98
  3. ASABIRAKI YUMEAKARI JUNMAI GINJO SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_365623
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Prefecture: Iwate
    Polishing rate: 55%
    SMV: -1 (Off-dry, fruity)
    Yumekari Junmai Ginjo

    The nose on this crisp Junmai Ginjo is a unique grouping of citrus aromas from lemon to grapefruit with a hint of lemon grass. Those sake drinkers looking for a light, clean and gentle brew that has a quick finish look no further. Yumeakari is a smooth and easy sake with hints of lemon tones on a zesty fluid. A gentle minerality comes forth as the fluid warms, but the strength of the brew is how gentle it drinks. “Kire” is Japanese for a quick and cutting finish and this sake does not disappoint. The fun side of the sake is that there is a “Lemonhead” candy quality to it, and that is pretty unique in the sake world.
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  4. 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
  5. 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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  6. 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
  7. BORN GOLD JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML -A3-

    Item #: i_101623
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    This is a beautiful new offering from Katoukichibee Shouten. We poured it at our last tasting, and it was a big hit. It is a limited edition Junmai Daiginjo that has great structure, finesse, and complexity for the money. There is a big, beautiful bouquet of wild flowers, herbs and rice on the nose. The palate is rich and creamy, with a slight fruitiness that makes Born quite quaffable. Born Gold finishes soft and easy with a medium sweetness and very light, clean acidity. Pairs well with everything.
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    was $34.98 Special Price $27.98
  8. BORN YUME WA MASAYUME JUNMAI DAIGINJO 1000 ML "DREAMS COME TRUE" SAKE

    Item #: i_471160
    Bottle Size: 1l
    Brewery: Kato Kichibee Shoten
    Founded: 1860
    Classification: Junmai Daiginjo
    Acidity: 1.5
    Alcohol: 16.9%
    Prefecture: Fukui
    Seimaibuai: 35%
    SMV: +4.0
    Rice Type: Yamadanishiki

    One of the signature sakes from Born, aged at ice-cold temperature for 5 years, giving an elegant fragrance and beautiful mellowness.

    Originally operating as a money exchange business and very deeply involved in the affairs of the community, in 1860 the village headman and founder became involved in sake brewing. For eleven generations, they have carried the Kichibee name, and in 1866 registered the name as a trademark. In Sanskrit, "Born" is translated roughly as purity/striking truth, and represents the brewery's strong belief in second changes and karmic rewards for hard work. In the beginning of the Showa era, the emperor used Born sake for Japan's ceremonies, festivals, and guests as Japan's representative brand.

    Aged for a full five years at -5 degrees Celsius - the ultimate Junmai Daiginjo sake. It's massive aroma and flavorful personality are kept partially subdued with a sinfully silky mouthfeel. Dreams Come True as an interesting, clean cut finish, despite the richness.

    Food pairings: Delicate Japanese Dishes, Dishes cooked with butter, cheese and olive oil.
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    was $219.95 Special Price $198.99
  9. CHOYA UMESHU PLUM WINE 750M with plums. fruit contains pits.

    Item #: i_365507
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Choya Umeshu UME PLUM WINEGreat for sipping, sweet with plum, apricot and peach flavors and hints of clove that satisfies and refreshes
  10. 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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  11. 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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    was $345.95 Special Price $265.95
  12. 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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    was $25.99 Special Price $21.98
  13. 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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  14. 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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    was $39.99 Special Price $31.98
  15. DASSAI 50 JUNMAI DAIGINJO 1.8L MAGNUM

    Item #: i_100084
    Bottle Size: MAG
    DASSAI JUNMAI DAIGINJO MAGNUM 1.8L - SHIPS AS TWO BOTTLES.
  16. DASSAI 50 NIGORI SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_365812
    Bottle Size: 720ml
  17. 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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  18. DENSHIN RIN JUNMAI DAIGINJO 720ML

    Item #: i_113782
    Bottle Size: Each
  19. DEWAZAKURA DEWASANSAN 1.8L MAGNUM SAKE "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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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