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Sake, the national drink of Japan, is a wine made from fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Despite the name Japanese rice wine, sake is produced using a brewing process more similiar to that of beer, where starch is converted into sugars which ferment into alcohol, whereas in wine, alcohol is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in fruit, typically grapes.

 

The four main grades of sake are junmai, honjozo, ginjo and daiginjo, although there are actually eight special designates for sake, distinguished by varying degrees of polishing the rice, addition of alcohol and the absence of other additives. 

  • Junmai - no alcohol has been added to the sake.
  • Honjozo - a small amount of alcohol has been added to enhance the flavor.
  • Ginjo - at least 40 percent of the grain has been polished away.
  • Daiginjo - at least 50 percent of the grain has been polished away.

There are also special types of sake, Nigorizake (cloudy sake) & sparkling sake. 

  • Nigorizake (cloudy sake) - unlike most sake, which is filtered towards the end of production to produce a clear drink, Nigorizake is only coarsely filtered, resulting in a cloudy sake that contains some of the rice solids left over from fermentation. 
  • Sparkling sake is bottled before the fermentation process has fully ended, resulting in the creation of bubbles.
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Soto Junmai Daiginjo Sake 0
Soto Junmai Daiginjo Sake (10oz)

TASTING NOTES: Smooth and crisp with hints of apple, cucumber and melon
NOSE: slightly floral, gala apple, lemon zest

 
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Hakutsuru - Superior Junmai Ginjo
Hakutsuru - Superior Junmai Ginjo (750ml)

"Using only the finest rice, and Nada's famed natural spring water "Miyamizu", Junmai Ginjo has been brewed with meticulous care and traditional method. This flowery fragrant Sake with silky, well-balanced smoothness can be... Read More

 
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Tozai - Snow Maiden Nigori Sake 0
Tozai - Snow Maiden Nigori Sake (750ml)
This is fairly thick and chewy nigori (cloudy sake), but it is still surprisingly dry. The aromas are bright and fresh and they show a lovely ricey and fruity combination. In the mouth, this sake has solid weight and gives the... Read More
 
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Tozai - Living Jewel Junmai Sake
Tozai - Living Jewel Junmai Sake (750ml)

Produced in Kyoto's ancient brewing town of Fushimi, known for its abundant supply of pure, pristine, and soft water from many nearby mountains. The label image is a Japanese koi whose vibrant colors and shimmering scales... Read More

 
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Momokawa - Organic Junmai Ginjo Craft Sake
Momokawa - Organic Junmai Ginjo Craft Sake (750ml)
Kosher Grown Organically 
There is something different about this rich, creamy certified organic Nigori. Something that warms our hearts and tantalizes our palates. This is the first of its kind, the first Nigori to be certified organic. TASTING: Rich... Read More
 
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Akita Homare - Tokubetsu Junmai Sake 0
Akita Homare - Tokubetsu Junmai Sake (11oz bottle)

Like mineral water in the glass with a haze of yellow pear, Mirabelle plum, white currant, coconut cream. Rich and opulent mouthfeel with a staggering minerality and whispers of green

 
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Moonstone - Asian Pear Sake 0
Moonstone - Asian Pear Sake (750ml)
Vegan Kosher 

A pleasant balance of crisp ginjo saké with a hint of dryness and fresh, lightly sweet pear. Pronounced aroma with a smooth flavorful finish.

 
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Rihaku Shuzo - Dreamy Clouds Tokubetsu Junmai Nigori (11oz bottle)
Rihaku Shuzo - "Dreamy Clouds" Tokubetsu Junmai Nigori (11oz bottle)

The nose is led by steamed rice, fresh red plums, and suggestions of roasted peanuts. Bright and lean in the mouth, unlike many Nigori, and the impact is chewy with sweet rice flavors intermingling with the nutty and slightly... Read More

 
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Ozeki - Nigori Unfiltered Sake
Ozeki - Nigori Unfiltered Sake (750ml)
Rich, creamy and fruity - but with a crisp, vibrant presence - this unfi ltered sake is milky in color and preserves the essence of the rice. Served chilled, this sake is an ideal aperitif and complements spicy dishes very well.... Read More
 
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Sho Chiku Bai - Sake California 0
Sho Chiku Bai - Sake California (750ml)
The most traditional style sake. Perfect pair with Mildly seasoned dishes. Smooth, well-balanced and full body. Medium dry.
 
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Gekkeikan - Sake
Gekkeikan - Sake (750ml)

Herbaceous with hints of grapefruit and a light earthiness. Good acidity, mineral driven, well-balanced with a clean, medium finish. Delicious with tempura, full flavored fish and shellfish, fresh green vegetable dishes, and coconut-based... Read More

 
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Ozeki - Nigori Unfiltered Sake (375ml)
Ozeki - Nigori Unfiltered Sake (375ml)
Rich, creamy and fruity - but with a crisp, vibrant presence - this unfi ltered sake is milky in color and preserves the essence of the rice. Served chilled, this sake is an ideal aperitif and complements spicy dishes very well.... Read More
 
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Soto - Junmai Sake Can 0
Soto - Junmai Sake Can (180ml)

TASTING NOTES: CLEAN AND LIGHt ON THE PALATE, APPLE, SOFT RICE, TOUCH OF UMAMI
NOSE: CLEAN, FRESH AROMATICS, APPLE, NOUGAT

 
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