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 Gin no Sei.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. 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
  3. CHIYOMUSUBI SORAH SPARKLING SAKE 720ML CRISP AND DRY! -A3-

    Item #: i_101878
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Roughly translated, Sorah means "Aurora Borealis" in Native American. This is a premium Sparkling Sake made in the same method as Champagne, with the technique of 'secondary fermentation' within the bottle, meaning the bubbles are natural. Sorah combines the ancient sake brewing techniques with the new. To contribute to the revitalization of the agricultural economy in their hometown, the majority of Chiyomusubi sake is made using Gohyakuman-goku rice produced in Tottori Prefecture, and pure spring water that runs from the local mountain. With its refreshing note, gentle sweetness of the rice and clean finish, Sorah can be considered as 'Japanese Champagne' with its delicate yet lively bubbles. Most Sparkling Sake made with secondary fermentation will contain lees that makes it cloudy or a ‘nigori’ but Chiyomsubi Sorah goes through an extra special process that makes it clean and transparent. With its refreshing note, gentle sweetness of the rice and clean finish, Sorah can be considered as ‘Japanese Champagne’ with its delicate yet lively bubbles.
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  4. 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
  5. 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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  6. DAISHICHI MYOUKA RANGYOKU KIMOTO JUNMAI DAIGINJO SHIZUKU GENSHU "HEAVENLY FLOWER" SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_471146
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Ultra-premium Sake producer, Daishichi makes this Kimoto (or pole-rammed) 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, and is adorned with a pewter shield on the bottle and a glass cap made 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.
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  7. DASSAI '50' JUNMAI DAIGINJO 720 ML

    Item #: i_320301
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Even though this is the lowest grade in the DASSAI lineup, the DASSAI 50 still meets our quality standards. The rice is milled down to 50%.

    Since 2011, all DASSAI products have been kosher certified each year by "Chabad Tokyo Japan".
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    was $25.99 Special Price $17.95
  8. DASSAI 23 JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 300ML **HALF-BOTTLE** -A1-

    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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  9. DASSAI 50 JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 300ML **HALF BOTTLE** -A1-

    Item #: i_102121
    Bottle Size: 300ml
    300ml bottle

    Even though this is the lowest grade in the DASSAI lineup, the DASSAI 50 still meets our quality standards. The rice is milled down to 50%.

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

    Item #: i_365811
    Bottle Size: 330ml
    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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  11. DASSAI BEYOND JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML A VERY SPECIAL, LIMITED DAIGINJO BREWED BY DASSAI

    Item #: i_104114
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    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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  12. DASSAI NIGORI SAKE 300ML

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

    Item #: i_113782
    Bottle Size: Each
  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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