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.

    The Rice: Omachi rice, the oldest sake rice variety grown in Japan, is a pure breed heirloom variety. One of the tallest rice stalks (over 5 feet), making it hard to grow and harvest. It is a late-blooming variety with large rice kernels which are susceptible to wind damage and much more than recently developed varietals. Okayama, known as the sunniest prefecture in Japan, has very few typhoons and make it ideally suited to growing this heirloom variety. Brewers liken Omachi to Pinot Noir-- hard to grow but elegant and age-worthy sake. Omachi has earthy and herbal flavors that express themselves individually resulting in layers of flavor on the palate. When served in a wine glass, AN opens up and evolves like a rich, full-bodied Pinot Noir.
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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
  5. CHOYA YUZU LEMON SAKE 750ML

    Item #: i_365509
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    A bright and vivid Yuzu Lemon nose greets you as you imbibe on this delicious liqueur. It is made of 100% Japanese Yuzu Lemon, is lightly sweet, partly tart and a hint of bitterness from the Yuzu zest. Excellent in a Margarita, or mix with sparkling wine, or better yet, Mix with Sparkling Plum Wine for a "Yuzumosa" (a variation on the Mimosa)... we tried it... it is dangerous and delicious! GLUTEN FREE. 15% ABV.
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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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    was $189.98 Special Price $129.98
  7. DAISHICHI MINOWAMON JUNMAI DAIGINJO 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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  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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    was $345.95 Special Price $285.95
  9. 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
  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 23 JUNMAI DAIGINJO 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
  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. DEMON SLAYER WAKATAKE JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML Onikoroshi Daiginjo (NV) Wakatake Shuzo

    Item #: i_103805
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    PREFECTURE: Shizuoka
    "DEMON SLAYER" WAKATAKE ONIKOROSHI JUNMAI DAIGINJO Prefecture: Shizuoka Rice Variety: Aichinokaori
    Polishing Ratio: 48%
    Sake Meter Value: 0

    This famous Junmai Daiginjo has a delicate aroma of ripe fruits, velvety texture, and finishes on a crisp note. Its elegance makes it stand out as a delightful sake. Warm it up to broaden the already delicious aroma.
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    was $52.98 Special Price $45.98
  14. DEWAZAKURA "OKA" CHERRY BOUQUET GINJO 300ml ** HALF BOTTLE**

    Item #: i_103177
    Bottle Size: 300ml
    300ml bottle

    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

    Impossible not to love, this is a blissfully graceful and aromatic sake. "Cherry Bouquet" is dry and delightful with gorgeous aromas of cherry blossoms, peaches, and spring water. On the palate, it is soft and creamy, filled with dried fruit tones and subtle melon. The viscosity thickens as the sake warms in the mouth, and there is an overall perception of flowers from start to finish. Sublime.

    Rice Variety: Dewasansan, Haenuki
    Polishing Ratio: 50%
    Yeast: Ogawa
    Alcohol Percentage: 15–16%
    Acidity: 1.2
    Sake Meter Value: +5.0
    Prefecture: Yamagata
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  15. DEWAZAKURA DEWASANSAN GINJO "GREEN RIDGE" SAKE 720

    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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  16. DEWAZAKURA IZUMI JUDAN 'TENTH DEGREE' GINJO SAKE 720ML

    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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  17. 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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  18. FESTIVAL OF STARS TOBIROKU SPARKLING SAKE 300ML FROM DEWAZAKURA BREWERY. DRY AND DELICIOUS!

    Item #: i_365545
    Bottle Size: 300ml
    "Tobiroku" is a "sparkling sake" produced through secondary fermentation in the bottle, much like Champagne. It is crisp, dry and effervescent - a lively companion on any occasion.

    Serving Recommendations
    Tobiroku is fun to drink with a wide range of foods. It's likely to appeal to aficionados of Belgian beer and Champagne, but satisfies sake purists as well. Just open the bottle and enjoy.
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  19. FUKUCHO "SEASIDE" SPARKLING JUNMAI SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_347601
    Bottle Size: 500ml
  20. FUKUIWAI JUNMAI GINJO SUISEI SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_320070
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Prefecture: Chiba
    Rice: Suisei
    SMV: 0.0 (Neutral, like rainwater)
    Rice Polishing Ratio: 55%
    Acidity: 1.5
    Great, fruity nose full of green melon.
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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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  23. GEKKEIKAN PLUM WINE, JAPAN 750ML -A5-

    Item #: i_328840
    Bottle Size: 750ML
  24. GEKKEIKAN SAKE ACE CAP 180ML -A5-

    Item #: i_328002
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Gekkeikan 'Traditional' JUNMAISMV +2, ACIDITY 1.7, ALCOHOL %15-16Serve: Hot Warm or Cool, With: Chicken; Fish; Barbecue; Fried Rice; Grilled Vegetables; Cheese.Gekkeikan Sake CapThis sake has long been a very popular item in Japan. Enjoy for its delicious taste, convenient size and accompanying cup. Serve chilled, room temperature or warmed.
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