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. AGED FUNAGUCHI KIKUSUI JUKUSEI SAKE CAN 200ML

    Item #: i_365723
    Bottle Size: 200ML
    This portable potable sake by Kikusui has a richer flavor than the yellow can. Rich, bold and delicious!
  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. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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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    was $189.98 Special Price $105.99
  8. 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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  9. DAISHICHI SHOKA JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_471147
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Prefecture: Fukushima , Japan

    Junmai Daiginjo
    free run, undiluted.
    Rice Polishing Ratio: 50%
    Rice: Yamada Nishiki

    This is a gorgeous sake with notes of Rose and herbs. Light body. Generous sweetness and cotton candy honey. Lemon, lime character, medium finish.

    From the Producer: On one freezing day in February, we produced Shoka, one of our kimoto junmai daiginjo sakes, by using the shizuku or “natural drip” method. Our master brewer Takanobu Sato and his deputy by hand filled bags with the fermented mash of sake ingredients and then let the sake filter out naturally under its own weight, leaving the rice solids in the bags. Sake collected in this way, without applying pressure, tends to posses outstanding clarity and depth of flavor, without any discordant note to upset the harmonious balance. Daishichi kimoto junmai daiginjo Shoka is made of the top-grade sake rice Yamada Nishiki. Shoka pairs well with a wide variety of food featuring mild umami, such as steamed crabs. Shoka has been chosen as the best sake to pair with the French cuisine at a Japan-wide contest.
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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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    was $72.99 Special Price $64.98
  11. 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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  12. DASSAI 45 JUNMAI DAIGINJO 1.8L MAGNUM

    Item #: i_100084
    Bottle Size: MAG
    DASSAI JUNMAI DAIGINJO MAGNUM 1.8L - SHIPS AS TWO BOTTLES.

    BIG NEWS!! DASSAI 50 IS NOW DASSAI 45. BOTH JUNMAI DAIGINJO. NOW WITH 5 PERCENT MORE POLISHING, SO IT'S A FREE UPGRADE. CHEERS!
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  13. DASSAI 45 JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_365814
    Bottle Size: 720ml
  14. DASSAI 45 NIGORI SAKE 720ML DAIGINJO

    Item #: i_365815
    Bottle Size: 720ml
  15. DASSAI 50 SPARKLING NIGORI SAKE 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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  16. 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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  17. DEWAZAKURA DEWASANSAN OMACHI JEWEL BROCADE SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_365589
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    PREFECTURE: YAMAGATA
    Rice Variety: Omachi
    Alcohol Percentage: 16-17%
    Acidity: 1.6
    Polishing Ratio: 50%
    Sake Meter Value: +1.0 Yeast: Yamagata KA


    Made from Omachi rice—the ancestral strain from which many sake-brewing rices are descended—with a luscious aroma and ornate flavor that deepens and mellows on the palate.
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  18. 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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    $30.98
  19. FUKUCHO "SEASIDE" SPARKLING JUNMAI SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_347601
    Bottle Size: 500ml
  20. 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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  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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  23. GEKKEIKAN HORIN DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML -A2-

    Item #: i_274673
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 89 POINTS
    This medium dry Gekkeikan NV Horin Junmai Daiginjo is showing delicate notes of toasted rice, floral, melon, green apple, cream and leather. Full in body, it is broad and spicy, with a smooth and sweet finish.

    Rice: Yamada Nishiki, Gohyakumangoku. Alcohol: 16.5%. Tasting date: Jan. 16, 2017.

    Gekkeikan 'Horin' JUNMAI DAIGINJO
    SMV +2, ACIDITY 1.5
    Serve: Tepid, or Chilled
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