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. AKABU JUNMAI GINJO SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_365535
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Leading the Sake industry in Japan out of Iwate Prefecture is Akabu’s 6th Generation, the young and talented Master Brewer, Ryunosuke Furudate, guided by his passion, along with his team, harnesses every bit of soul to evolve sake production as we know it. Akabu Junmai Ginjo opens with aromas of apple followed by tastes of green melon and cantalope. It is luscious, clean and pure. This sake’s acidity and refreshing sweetness are well balanced and is only pasteurized once making it "namatsume or namazume" to keep its freshness. Please try your best to keep refrigerated.

    Sake Brewery Akabu, Morioka City
    Prefecture: Iwate
    Recommended temperature Best served chilled.
    Recommended dishes salads with citrus fruit, carpaccio
    Grade: Junmai Ginjo
    Rice Polishing Ratio (seimaibuai): 50% Technically a Daiginjo.
    Alcohol: 15%
    Rice: Gin Ginga (from Iwate Prefecture)
    Yeast: Iwate Yeast
    Water: Morioka water
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  2. AKITABARE "KOSHIKI JUNZUKURI" JUNMAI SAKE 720ML "NORTHERN SKIES"

    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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  3. AKITABARE SHUNSETSU NAMA HONJOZO SAKE 720ML "SPRING SNOW"

    Item #: i_320099
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    PREFECTURE: AKITA
    Rice Variety: Gin no Sei
    Acidity: 1.3-1.5
    Polishing Ratio: 65%
    Sake Meter Value: +2.0-+4.0
    Yeast: Akita Konno No.12

    This light sake is seamlessly put together. The aroma is complex, with notes of cream, orange blossom, melon and sea spray. It has excellent structure, yet creamy and full, with a taut center and a dry, elongated finish.

    Serving Recommendations: Just sweet enough for sipping chilled on a warm day, Shunsetsu pairs nicely with light sidedishes like edamame, tofu and seafood salad. Keep under refrigeration after purchase and serve ice cold. Supremely food friendly.
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  4. AKITABARE SUIRAKUTEN JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML "HEAVEN OF JOYOUS DELIGHT"

    Item #: i_320102
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Prefecture: Akita
    Rice Variety: Yamadanishiki
    Sake Meter Value: NEUTRAL Polishing Ratio: 40% Joyous and lyrical, silky and elegant with lilting notes of peach and melon. This is an ultra-premium shizuku sake, gravity-pressed and aged for at least two years. Serving Recommendations: Best served cool at 55 degrees and allowed to warm to room temperature as the evening progresses. Kindly refrigerate after purchase.
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    $109.98
  5. ALADDIN JUNMAI YUZU SAKE 300ML

    Item #: i_365619
    Bottle Size: 300ml
  6. BLACK DRAGON KOKURYU JUNMAI GINJO SAKE 720ML

    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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  7. BLUE GREEN GLASS GUINOMI SAKE CUP 1.5OZ

    Item #: i_365630
    Bottle Size: EACH
    BLUE GREEN GLASS GUINOMI SAKE CUP 1.5OZ.
    TOTES ADORBS!
  8. BLUE RICH JAPANESE SAKE SET 5 PIECES

    Item #: i_664210
    Bottle Size: EACH
  9. BORN CHOGIN JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ml KATOUKICHIBEE 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 $238.98 Special Price $215.99
  10. BORN GOLD JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML

    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
  11. BORN TOKUSEN JUNMAI DAIGINJO 720ML SAKE

    Item #: i_365597
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Class: Junmai Daiginjo Rice: Yamada Nishiki Rice-Polishing Ratio: 38% Brewery Location: Fukui Prefecture

    Food Pairings: Delicate Japanese Dishes, Dishes cooked with butter, cheese and olive oil.

    Tasting Notes: Born's Special Junmai Daiginjo, aged for a minimum of two years at 0?. Medium-bodied satin-like mouthfeel, and boasts the mature fragrance of grapefruits. Delightfully debonair.
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  12. BORN YUME WA MASAYUME JUNMAI DAIGINJO 1000 ML SAKE "DREAMS COME TRUE"

    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
  13. CHOYA ORIGINAL SPARKLING UME SAKE 750ML 5.5 abv

    Item #: i_365511
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    CHOYA ORIGINAL SPARKLING UME (PLUM) SAKE
    We're not gonna lie, it tastes like sparkling apple juice, but that's what makes it so downright drinkable and delicious! Mix this with Choya Yuzu for an excellent Mimosa-like cocktail. Cheers! 5.5% ABV.
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  14. 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
  15. 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 $129.98
  16. DAISHICHI MINOWAMON JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML "THE GATE"

    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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  17. 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 $285.95
  18. DASSAI "BEYOND" JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML NV ASAHI SHUZO DASSAI MIGAKI SONOSAKIE JUNMAI DAIGINJO

    Item #: i_104114
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 99 POINTS This medium-dry NV Dassai Migaki Sonosakie Junmai Daiginjo should be the iconic sake not only of the Asahi Shuzo but also the whole export market. The literal meaning of the label is “pioneer,” or more accurately, “beyond.” It is a masterpiece, with every aspect showing excellence. The elegant and complex floral and fruity notes, with a hint of hot steamed rice, establish a pure and beautiful sensation. Perfectly balanced, it has a delicate and marvelous touch on the palate. The light but lingering finish brings out a super clean aftertaste. This is a real sample of a master craftsman! Rice: Yamada Nishiki. Alcohol: 16%.

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    The theme underlying Dassai sake-- "Making sake is making dreams: opening a new era of sake." This means that they never become complacent with existing tradition and handcrafted techniques, but rather want to reform and revolutionize how some things are done, and in so doing make superior sake. "Beyond" sake reflects this philosophy-- it is the ultimate expression of their 'pushing the boundaries', as it were, to create the best sake possible. The milling rate and brewing process are secret-- but suffice it to say, Dassai has gone beyond conventional methods to create Beyond.
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    was $599.98 Special Price $399.95
  19. DASSAI 23 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
  20. 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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  21. DASSAI 23 JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE MAGNUM 1.8L

    Item #: i_114846
    Bottle Size: MAG
    MAGNUM FORMAT 1.8L. SHIPS AS TWO BOTTLES.
    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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    $120.98
  22. DASSAI 39 JUNMAI DAIGINJO 300ML SAKE **HALF BOTTLE**

    Item #: i_117966
    Bottle Size: 300ml
    HALF BOTTLE. DASSAI 39 JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE. 300ML
  23. DASSAI 45 JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_365814
    Bottle Size: 720ml

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