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. KIKUSUI JUNMAI GINJO SAKE MAGNUM 1.8L "Chrysanthemum Water" MAGNUM - ships as two bottles.

    Item #: i_365553
    Bottle Size: 1.75L
    1.8 Magnum
    KIKUSUI JUNMAI GINJO
    SMV +1,
    ACIDITY NA,
    ALCOHOL % 15
    Serve: Chilled, With: Salad; Sushi; Melons; Steamed Vegetables/ Fish/ Pork; Tofu.
    Delicate with clean aromatics and rich sapidity, that is smooth, rooted and articulated in elegance.

    Kikusui has a slightly fruity nose with hints of citrus and persimmons. Kikusui has a strikingly smooth beginning with a gradual thickening viscosity that ends in a slightly salty aftertaste. Dry, sharp and smooth according to most, this Ginjo sits well in the mouth and will tease you with sweet fruit tones and a dry finish. Kikusui is fermented at a low temperature longer than most Ginjos to rid the sake of the sometimes "heavy" characteristics of a Junmai, thus giving it an overall light and dry complexion. This is a Sake which gin and vodka drinkers will appreciate.
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  2. KIKUSUI PERFECT SNOW NIGORI SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_115808
    Bottle Size: 720ml
  3. KOKURYU KUZURYU "NINE HEADED DRAGON" JUNMAI SAKE -A2-

    Item #: i_320081
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Veronica's Pick!

    A perfectly balanced sake (there is no heat on the finish). This is dry and light-bodied, yet full-flavored, with hints of bosc pear and fuji apple on the tongue, ending like a whipsper. A sublime Sake for those with refined palates.

    Sake Meter Value: +4 (DRY)
    Acidity: 1.3
    Polishing ratio: 65%
    Region: Fukui
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  4. KOKURYU RYU "GOLD DRAGON" JUNMAI DAIGINJO 720ML SAKE -A2-

    Item #: i_320085
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Prefecture: Fukui
    Rice Variety: Yamadanishiki
    Alcohol Percentage: 15-16%
    Acidity: 1.0
    Polishing Ratio: 40%
    Sake Meter Value: +6.0
    Yeast: House Yeast


    The nose is filled with tropical notes such as pineapple, salt water taffy, and white flowers. It comes in broadly and then exits swiftly. Clean and superb with layers of complexity hidden in a velvety rush. Look for flinty tones dancing with mild fruit complexities and a dry finish.
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  5. KOKURYU TOKUSEN "CRYSTAL DRAGON" GINJO 720ML

    Item #: i_365543
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Kokuryu Tokusen or “Crystal Dragon” expresses its ginjo identity not through fragrant aroma but with decisively good taste. Its hallmarks are strength, flavor depth and, impeccable balance. Excellent sake with a subtle finish. This is technically a Daiginjo, as it is polished to 50% of the rice grain, so excellent value!

    With its firm taste and clean balance, “Tokusen” pairs well with umami-rich seafood like squid, scallops and sea bream. Excellent with nimono (vegetables and meat or fish simmered in stock) and other dishes with bold flavor profiles.

    Rice Variety: 500 Mangoku
    Alcohol Percentage: 15-16%
    Acidity: 1.0
    Polishing Ratio: 50%
    Sake Meter Value: +5.0
    Yeast: House Yeast
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  6. KOSHI NO KANBAI TOKUSEN GINJO SAKE 500ML "VANISHING POINT" -A2-

    Item #: i_365547
    Bottle Size: 500ml
    Prefecture: Niigata
    Sake Meter Value: +8.0 (VERY DRY)
    Rice Variety: Yamadanishiki
    Polishing Ratio: 50%

    This sake is whole the reason our original Sake buyer had Hi-Time purchase this refrigerator. Koshi No Kanbai, the "Best Known Brewery In Japan," offers "Tokusen"- a very subtle, nuanced, dry sake with a nose bursting with pear, rose petal, cucumber and steamed rice tones. It drinks smooth and clean. There are hints of baked pear and grapefruit elements surrounded by super-silky waves of steamed rice followed by the famous "phantom finish" where you do not remember swallowing. Delicious.
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  7. KUBOTA MANJU JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML MANJYU, FROM NIIGATA "MILLIONS OF CELEBRATIONS"

    Item #: i_102134
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Alcohol Content: 15.5%
    Sake Dryness Scale: +2.0 (Dry)
    Polishing ratio: 35%
    Acidity: 1.2
    Prefecture: Niigata
    Rice: Gohyakumangoku

    Sophisticated and yet, very drinkable, perhaps too drinkable as the phantom finish leaves you wondering if you swallowed or not. The nose is a clever balance of honeysuckle and tuberose. The first sip reveals a a plush, creamy texture, and several layers of complex flavor. Fuji apple and tart pear dance on the palate.
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  8. KUBOTA MANJYU DAIGINJO MAGNUM 1.8L -A1-

    Item #: i_365564
    Bottle Size: 1.75L
    Alcohol Content: 15.5%
    Sake Dryness Scale: +2.0 (Dry)
    Polishing ratio: 33%
    Acidity: 1.2
    Prefecture: Niigata
    Rice: Gohyakumangoku

    Sophisticated and yet, very drinkable, perhaps too drinkable as the phantom finish leaves you wondering if you swallowed or not. The nose is a clever balance of honeysuckle and tuberose. The first sip reveals a a plush, creamy texture, and several layers of complex flavor. Fuji apple and tart pear dance on the palate.
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    $129.98
  9. KUBOTA SENJYU GINJO SAKE 720ML -A3-

    Item #: i_365841
    Bottle Size: 720ml
  10. MANA 1751 "TRUE VISION" YAMAHAI TOKUBETSU JUNMAI MUROKA GENSHU SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_102837
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Prefecture: Fukui
    Sake Meter Value: +3.5 (dry)
    Rice: Gohyakumangoku
    Rice Polishing Ratio: 60%
    First things first... this is an Earthy and rugged sake! The nose on this special sake is a collection of hops, burnt rice, and lemon peel aromas. This sake is so flavorful and so unique that it is a must for the sake adventurers who are looking for something uncommonly good! This brew is a gentle giant, because it has all of that and is still very drinkable and delicious. Thick, smooth, velvety, round, and creamy, it is very savory with yeasty and with a deep impact. It has the richess of roasted rice and forest and floor flavors, look for hidden deep rich flavors of pancakes with burnt butter and maple syrup. It is bottled from one single glorious tank of fermented sake. Enjoy this True Vision.
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  11. MASUMI MIYASAKA YAWARAKA JUNMAI SAKE 720ML "SAKE MATINEE" 12%ABV -A2-

    Item #: i_320091
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Prefecture: Nagano
    Rice: Miyamanishiki
    Sake Meter Value: -3 (slightly off-dry)
    Acidity: 1.4
    Alcohol: 12%
    Polishing Ratio: 55%

    Especially created for the wine drinker in mind, Yawaraka's mild 12% alcohol content makes it an easy-going companion to whatever emerges from the kitchen. This charming junmai, with its faint taste of wild plum, represents a new direction for Japanese brewers. It is smooth and gentle, with sweetness and acidity in finely etched balance. Awards
    Gold Award, Junmai category, 2013 and 2014 U.S. National Sake Appraisal
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  12. MASUMI MIYASAKA YUMEDONO DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML "MANSION OF DREAMS", MIYASAKA BREWING CO.

    Item #: i_320089
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    MASUMI YUMEDONO DAIGINJO SAKE "MANSION OF DREAMS"

    Made specially for the National Competition, Yumedono has a solid-gold record of wins. As a competition sake, Yumedono has been put entirely into the hands of their brewing staff. The result is a hand-crafted sake with very high fragrance, pleasant softness and mild acidity that makes an impression from the first cup.

    Name: Yumedono
    Type: Daiginjo Genshu Nama Chozo
    Availability: Year-round
    Ingredients: Rice, Water, Koji, Yeast, Brewer's alcohol
    Rice: Koji: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Pref.) Plain: Yamada Nishiki (Hyogo Pref.)
    Milling rate: 40%
    Yeast: No. 18, Alps, House
    Alcohol: 17% range
    SMV: +3
    Acidity: 1.3
    Amino acidity: 0.8
    Serving temperature: Chilled (10C range)
    Storage: Refrigerate
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  13. MIO SPARKLING SAKE 300ML

    Item #: i_101715
    Bottle Size: 300ml
    Sho Chiku Bai Mio Sparkling Sake.
  14. MIO SPARKLING SAKE 750ML

    Item #: i_101725
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  15. MIYOSAKAE TENMI JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 720ML "TASTE OF HEAVEN" -A2-

    Item #: i_475896
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Prefecture: Ehime
    Rice Variety: Matsuyamamitsui
    Sake Meter Value: +3.0 (Neutral)
    Polishing Ratio: 45%

    This is a premium sake that is made to impress. It has a fragrance of melon and pear with an undertone of bamboo and a dash of white pepper. Now the taste…those fragrances blended with marshmallows. Don't let the marshmallow thing scare you. Though it is rich, it has a neutral aftertaste, like rainwater. Divine and thoroughly addictive.
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    $119.99
  16. MOONSTONE CUCUMBER MINT SAKE 750ML

    Item #: i_365505
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Moonstone Cucumber Mint naturally flavored Sake. Refreshing and delicious! Serve chilled or on ice.
  17. NANPU AWAMORI SHOCHU FROM OKINAWA - 3 YEAR

    Item #: i_167109
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Awamori Soju Nanpu is aged for three years and has a taste similar to a slightly peated Scotch. The flavor is quite savory, dry, a bit smokey, and intense. Quite delicious and memorable.

    About Awamori:
    Awamori is the oldest Japanese spirits made out of 100% rice and black koji mold. It is made in Okinawa, the southernmost part of Japan in the land of longevity known as the "Blue Zone."

    Awamori is made of Thai rice and black koji-mold. It is similar to "Shochu", but it has a strong aroma and unique character. No sugar and gluten contained and 100% natural.

    Drink it as a straight shot, diluted with water and ice or a cocktail. Awamori could also be an excellent replacement of gin, vodka or tequila.
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    was $35.99 Special Price $31.98
  18. NOGNE-O JUNMAI SAKE 350ML Located in the Sake Case!

    Item #: i_385015
    Bottle Size: 330ml
    This pasteurized sake is probably our easiest to pair with food, especially sushi. It has a clean and clear taste without being sharp. There are aromas of cantaloupe, watermelon and yellow flowers and these are echoed in the flavors. This sake has a rich mouthfeel. Medium high umami. Should be stored cold!
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  19. NOGNE-O SPARKLING SAKE 330ML (located in the Sake case!)

    Item #: i_385013
    Bottle Size: 330ml
    A light, fruity and refreshing Yamahai Sake, which matches clean and crisp foods. Serve chilled!
  20. OZEKI IKEZO SPARKLING PEACH JELLY SAKE 180ML CAN

    Item #: i_345687
    Bottle Size: 187ml
    We couldn't help but notice a recent Eater.com article which documented a Sake phenomenon in Japan. Drinkers there are embracing a concoction known as "Sake Jelly." This is catching on in the U.S. too, as we have encountered a growing demand from our customers for this once obscure form of Sake. This flavored, jellied sake is slightly fizzy and pleasantly sweet. This is not your typical Sake by any means, but rather a "gateway" to Sake...as it is fun, tasty, portable, and affordable.

    The folks at Ozeki have made a remarkably enjoyable sake that comes in a 6.1 oz (180ml) can, slightly carbonated and sweet, with peach flavoring. As the can instructs, chill, and shake well 20 times before serving. Once shaken, drink immediately. This has been the hit of many a party, plus at only 5% alcohol, it leaves a light touch. This is a fun diversion on the road to Sake enlightenment. Kanpai!
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  21. RIHAKU WANDERING POET JUNMAI GINJO SAKE 720ML

    Item #: i_320017
    Bottle Size: 720ml
    Prefecture:Shimane
    Sake Meter Value: +3.0 (dry)
    Polishing Rate: 55%
    Variety of Rice: Yamada Nishiki

    On the palate, notes of banana and honeydew with a clean, crisp acidity and a light-to-medium body. The lingering finish moves from juicy fruitiness, to green herbal notes making it a great food companion. It is named after the famous Chinese poet, Li Po, who was said to drink a bottle of sake and write a hundred poems.
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