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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. GEKKEIKAN HORIN JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE *** 300ML*** **HALF BOTTLE** -A1-

    Item #: i_274675
    Bottle Size: 300ml
    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.

    A combination of fresh spring water, Yamada Nishiki rice (known as the ‘king of sake rice’), Gohyakumangoku rice milled to 50%, and the skill of the sake master, result in this classic example of a Fushimi style Junmai Daiginjo… Horin has a delicately fruity nose, its subtle flavors are well-balanced, and it is exceptionally smooth with a long clean finish.

    Style: Mild fruity aroma with delicate notes of over-ripe cantaloupe, honeydew and honeysuckle. Round and smooth on the palate, with a medium, creamy body. Finishes long and smooth, with a hint of pear.

    Pairing Notes: Horin’s delicate aromatics complement lightly seasoned appetizers, salads, lobster and mild fish dishes, glazed pork, fresh fruit and lighter style fare.

    Serving Suggestions: Horin is an ultra-premium sake and is best enjoyed chilled.

    Product Information :
    Prefecture: Kyoto, Japan
    Region: Fushimi
    Alc./Volume:15.5% (300ml)
    Class: Junmai Daiginjo
    Sake Meter Value: +2
    Sulfite and gluten free
    Awards:
    *Highly Recommended 2008 World Wine Championships Award"
    *Grand Gold Medal2006-2010 Monde Selection"
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  5. GEKKEIKAN PINEAPPLE SAKE 750ML -A5-

    Item #: i_320014
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The breathtaking bouquet of fresh pineapple is the first thing you notice about this naturally flavored sake. It is fruity, light, sweet, and quite refreshing. Why does this make me think of Hawaii? It's just delicious. Serve chilled, over ice, or in cocktails.
    Gluten free. Sulfite free.
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  6. GEKKEIKAN SAKE 720ML -A5-

    Item #: i_320012
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Green apple, juniper, caramel, and cedar aromas. Sweet flavor with a gin-like bite, light to medium body, fairly creamy and crisp. 14.6% alcohol.
  7. 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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  8. GEKKEIKAN SAKE SILVER 750ML -A5-

    Item #: i_328860
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Gekkeikan 'Silver' JUNMAISMV +6, ACIDITY 1.7, ALCOHOL %14.6Serve: Hot Warm or Cool, With: Chicken; Fish; Barbecue; Fried Rice; Sushi; Vegetables; Cheese.Soft and light on the palate with white tea; the mouth-feel is refreshing; clean and invigorating finish
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  9. HAKKAISAN GENSHU TOKUBETSU JUNMAI 720ML

    Item #: i_365587
    Bottle Size: 720ml
  10. HAKKAISAN JUNMAI GINJO SAKE 720ML -A1-

    Item #: i_365554
    Bottle Size: 720ml

    One of our dryest Sakes. The rice and polishing ratio are all up to Daiginjo standards, however the sake is presented as Hakkaisan's signature Junmai Ginjo label. This has a delicate Ginjo aroma and a fine, crisp mouthfeel, with clean finish.

    Prefecture: Niigata
    Class: Junmai Ginjo
    Rice: Yamada Nishiki
    Rice-Polishing Ratio: 50%
    Food Pairings: Sushi, Sashimi, Vegetable tempura, Grilled fish, Deep Fried Octopus
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  11. HAKKAISAN SNOW AGED 3 YEARS 720ML YUKIMURO JUNMAI GINJO GENSHU SAKE -A2-

    Item #: i_365584
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Though most Sake is meant to be imbibed young, Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo Genshu sake was carefully aged for three years alongside a massive snow bank stored in an insulated room, known as the “Yukimuro”. Sake is delicate and even the slightest vibration or change in the environment can trigger deterioration. This method of storing perishables at low temperatures, using the abundant snow provided by nature, has been used traditionally in the snowy region of Uonuma, Japan for centuries. From the cold of the snow alone, the temperature is naturally kept stable at 3 degrees Celsius. No electricity is used for Yukimuro storage. The natural cold air coming off of the snow alone is what does the chilling. This Sake is also undiluted (genshu). After three years, the taste of becomes full-bodied, rich, round-textured and very smooth. As 50% of the rice grain is polished away, this is technically a Daiginjo, (that is, a higher grade of Sake) though Hakkaisan labels this as Ginjo. That is because they hold themselves to a higher standard. Serve well-chilled.

    Alcohol 17.0%
    sake meter value -1.0
    acidity 1.5
    amino acid 1.3
    koji rice used Yamadanishiki brewing rice used Gohyakumangoku , Yukinosei
    rice-polishing ratio 50%
    yeast Kyokai No. 1001 M310
    Prefecture: Niigata
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  12. HAKKAISAN SPARKLING SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_365585
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Prefecture: Niigata
    Rice Variety: Yamadanishiki, Gohyakumangoku, Miyamanishiki
    Polishing Ratio: 50%
    Sake Meter Value: -5
    Made for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, Hakkaisan Clear Sparkling is made using a secondary in-bottle fermentation, (similar to Champagne) to create a clear and elegant sake. It has a lovely fruity aroma and refreshing taste that is rounded out a gentle sweetness and crisp finish. Hakkaisan Clear Sparkling is the perfect sake to toast any occasion.
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  13. HANA LYCHEE SAKE -A5-

    Item #: i_365503
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  14. HANA SAKE FUJI APPLE SAKE 750ML -A5-

    Item #: i_102128
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  15. HANA SAKE WHITE PEACH SAKE 750ML -A5-

    Item #: i_102129
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  16. HARADA MUROKA NAMA JUNMAI GINJO SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_103314
    Bottle Size: 720ml
  17. HEIWA SHUZO KID JUNMAI SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_103186
    Bottle Size: 720ml
  18. HELLO KITTY NIGORI SAKE 330ML

    Item #: i_101842
    Bottle Size: 330ml
  19. HITACHINO AWASHIZUKU SPARKLING SAKE 300ML from Hitachino Brewery

    Item #: i_385014
    Bottle Size: 300ml
    A delightful sweet sparkling sake from the Kuichi Brewery, the makers of Hitachino Nest Beer. This is a junmaishusake, a style of pure rice wine that is not mixed with distilled alcohol, and during the mashing stage of production a little sour white koji is added (mold-covered rice that is crucial to all sake production.). This addition results in an acidity that balances out the sake's natural sweetness, creating a refreshing and complex sparkling drink.
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  20. IKEZO BERRY JELLY SAKE 180ML

    Item #: i_365577
    Bottle Size: 200ML
    We have had many requests for the Berry version of the Jelly Sake by Ozeki.. now it's here! It's berrylicious! Serve chilled and shake 20 times before drinking.
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  21. KAGATSURU JUNMAI GINJO SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_102835
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Kagatsuru's brewery dates back to the 16th century when it began making sake for the leading general of the Kaga region, Maeda Toshiie. With well over 400 years of sake making experience, this Junmai Ginjo, which offers a great balance of umami and the flavor of sake rice.

    Dryness SMV +3

    Recommended temperature Best served chilled. Also enjoyable at room temperature
    Recommended dishes White fish sashimi, clams, oysters, sushi, shabu shabu

    Grade Junmai Ginjo, 55% rice polish ratio (seimaibuai)
    Alcohol 15.5%
    Rice Gohyakumangoku
    Yeast K14 (Kanazawa Kobo)
    Water Iouzen Nansui
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  22. KAGEMUSHA POTATO SHOCHU 750ML

    Item #: i_169735
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  23. KIKKOMAN MIRIN COOKING SAKE 750ml

    Item #: i_365657
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Kikkoman Mirin Cooking Sake is Great with salmon and miso! It also has an excellent flavor and enhances the flavors of the various meats.

    What is mirin?
    One of the most essential Japanese cooking ingredients, mirin is a liquid condiment/seasoning that could be seen as the Japanese equivalent of white cooking wine. It is similar to sake, but has added sweetness and a slightly lower alcohol content of around 14%. Special cooking sake, which has a similar alcohol content, also exists, but cooking sake also contains salt. There is also another seasoning used as a substitute for mirin, known as mirin-fu chomiryo (mirin-style seasoning). It is normally less expensive than hon mirin (true mirin, or real mirin) and contains about 1% alcohol.

    RECIPE: SESAME CHICKEN
    Sesame Chicken (Serves 4): Combine 8 chicken thighs (about 2 1/2 lb), skinned and excess fat removed; 2 tbsp each Kikkoman Mirin, Soy Sauce and Sesame Oil in a large plastic food storage bag. Tie bag securely; mix well. Refrigerate 1 hour. Place chicken in single layer on rack, on broiler pan. Broil 5 to 6 inches from heat for 20 minutes. Turn chicken over; broil 10-15 minutes longer, or until chicken is cooked through.

    Sometimes mistakenly known as ‘mirin rice vinegar’ or ‘mirin rice wine vinegar’, Japanese mirin dates back to the Sengoku period (c.1467-c.1603). It was originally consumed as a sweet alcoholic beverage, primarily by women and people sensitive to the stronger flavour of other alcohols. By the end of the Edo period (1603-1868), mirin wine was being used to make things like marinades for grilled eel dishes and dipping sauces for soba noodles, but because it was quite expensive, its use was limited to the wealthy and to restaurants. Then in the 1950s, due in part to the severe lowering of taxes on mirin and similar foods, its use became more widespread across the country.

    Mirin continues to be widely used in Japanese cooking to this day.
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