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).
- Item #: i_102127Bottle Size: 720mlWINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS This medium-sweet NV Dassai Migaki 23 Enshinbunri Junmai Daiginjo is too clean, with untraceable floral and fruity scents. To me, the first impression is more like a glass of mineral water. Enshinbunri means filtering by a centrifuge machine, and Asahi Shuzo is said to be the first company in Japan to use one. It seems that almost nothing is left in this sake, but if one wants to understand clean means for Japanese sake, just try this one. Clean and delicate on the palate, it is the purest sake I have ever tried. Rice: Yamada Nishiki. Alcohol: 16%.
The nose on this limited released New Year’s Nama is an amazing array of honey dew melon, cherry, and soda pop aromas. This is an extremely expressive and wonderful sake and everybody should taste this brew at least once in their life. Basically it is the raw or unpasteurized version of their 23% milled Daiginjo that is so very layered and fun. Talk about smooth but with a sneaky tingle, which means it’s alive! Juicy, bright and elegant this sake drinks like a festive occasion. There are bright fruit elements of cherry and melon mixed with powder sugar and vanilla hints. Each sip is a palate dance and the rhythm of this sake is so bright and so fun. If you can dig deep enough look for a nice yeasty vein that reminds you that this sophisticated sake is unpasteurized and super duper premium!
- Item #: i_471160Bottle Size: 1lBrewery: Kato Kichibee Shoten
Classification: Junmai Daiginjo
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.
- Item #: i_471145Bottle Size: 720mlThis 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).
- Item #: i_365564Bottle Size: 1.75LAlcohol Content: 15.5%
Sake Dryness Scale: +2.0 (Dry)
Polishing ratio: 33%
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.
- Item #: i_475896Bottle Size: 720mlPrefecture: 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.
- Item #: i_310043Bottle Size: 720mlWINE ADVOCATE - 92 POINTS "Clean and pure, the elegant NV Tatenokawa Juhachi Junmai Daiginjo has a complex bouquet of lychee, peach, mushroom, white rose/jasmine and toasty aromas. Off-dry, but spicy on the palate, it offers a very long, lingering fruity and mineral finish. Rice: Yamada Nishiki. Alcohol: 15.5%."
Rice: Yamada Nishiki
Polishing Rate: 18%
Amino Acid: 1
Flavors: Luscious pear dominates the midpalate in this light, delicate, complex Sake.
Extra care has been taken when producing Tatenokawa 18. First the team press this sake using a ’fune’ – a device that delicately & carefully presses simply under the weight of gravity – and then they select only the best 3rd of the pressed brew, the middle third known as nakadori. Nakadori is regarded as the most balanced and nuanced (the first third is a bit brash, the last a bit subdued).
This meticulous care and dedication results in a delicious, rare sake of superb complexity & character with delicate acidity and a silky structure.