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  1. Sake Glossary

    Cuisine Sake Glossary

    A Akiagari (秋あがり): sake brewed in early spring and stored during summer; around September, when the outside temperature and the temperature of the sake is about the same, the sake is released without being pasteurized the second time (hi-ire). The main characteristic of this sake is a deep...
  2. Kameizumi CEL-24 Junmai Ginsho

    Sake Kameizumi CEL-24 Junmai Ginsho

    The Kameizumi CEL-24 Junmai Ginsho is an unpasteurised namazake. The brewery describes its aroma as pronounced with a fine balance between acidic and sweet flavours reminiscent of white wine and with hints of pineapple and apricots. It is made of Hattan Nishiki rice and CEL-24 yeast, hence its...
  3. Mongai Fushutsu Junmai Daiginjo Premium 50

    Sake Mongai Fushutsu Junmai Daiginjo Premium 50

    Mongai Fushutsu Junmai Daiginjo Premium 50 (プレミアム 純米大吟醸 門外不出) has a fruity aroma and a full body. Its moderate acidity makes it suitable for wine glasses. The sweetness and soft umami taste and the mellow aroma match very well. In 2017, the Premium 50 won the Ultimate Gold Award in the...
  4. Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Honjōzō

    Sake Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Honjōzō

    Hakkaisan’s Tokubetsu Honjōzō (八海山 特別本醸造) is a classic sake with a very refreshing character. Smooth and mellow, it can be enjoyed warm or chilled. When gently heated, its delicate aroma comes to life. The brewery Hakkaisan Brewery is located in Minami-Uonuma, Niigata, one of the premier and...
  5. Sawanoi Tokyo Kurabito

    Sake Sawanoi Tokyo Kurabito

    Sawanoi Tokyo Kurabito (澤乃井東京蔵人) is a junmai ginjōshu brewed according to the traditional kimoto (生酛) method. Ozawa Shuzō describes it as a full-bodied sake with both muscle tone and finesses that open with an earthy koji character and red notes fruit, plum wine, lychee, and yellow apple, and...
  6. Hokushika Junmai Daiginjo

    Sake Hokushika Junmai Daiginjo

    Hokushika's Junmai Daiginjō (純米大吟醸 北秋田) is made of a rice blend of Yamada-nishiki and Akita-komachi (あきたこまち) polished down to 45%. Fermented at low temperature, the brewery describes it as a masterpiece with a gorgeous and fruity aroma and an elegant taste. Aroma: Gorgeous, Taste: Dry. About...
  7. Tenzan Junmai Genshu Jizake

    Sake Tenzan Junmai Genshu Jizake

    According to the brewery, Tenzan Jizake Junmai Genshu (天山 地酒 純米原酒) is one of its most popular sake in Japan and overseas. With its rich aroma of banana, umami and 'rice sweetness,' it goes well with rich and savoury dishes. The bottle comes wrapped in bamboo leaves and makes an excellent gift...
  8. Momokawa Oirase Junmai Ginjo

    Sake Momokawa Oirase Junmai Ginjo

    Momokawa describes its Oirase Junmai Ginjō (桃川 おいらせ流純米吟醸) as a mellow sake based on slow, low-temperature brewing and slow fermentation. It uses local rice from Aomori Prefecture and water from the Oirase River. About the brewery: Momokawa Brewery is located in Kamiakedo, Kamikita District...
  9. Sawahime Junmai Ginjo

    Sake Sawahime Junmai Ginjo

    Sawahime Junmai Ginjō (澤姫純米吟醸) is a jizake made of Hitogokochi rice polished down to a milling rate of 50%. Hitogokochi rice was created and registered in Nagano in 1995. It is more suitable for premium sake than Miyamanishiki rice (美山錦) which is also grown in northern Japan but has higher...
  10. Kubota Hekiju Junmai Daiginjo Yamahai

    Sake Kubota Hekiju Junmai Daiginjo Yamahai

    Kubota Hekijyu Junmai Daiginjō Yamahai (久保田 碧寿 純米大吟醸 山廃仕込み) is a junmai daiginjō brewed in the traditional yamahai style. Its robust and bold flavour harmonizes with a light, smooth and refreshing finish. The refinement of a daiginjō collaborating with traditional yamahai style creates a...
  11. Manotsuru Daiginjo Maho

    Sake Manotsuru Daiginjo Maho

    Manotsuru Maho (山田錦磨35大吟醸 真野鶴・万穂) is a daiginjō made of Yamada-Nishiki rice polished down to 35%. It has won the Gold medal at National New Sake Awards 2019 and at the International Wine Challenge (2015) and countless other Japanese gold awards since 2001. The brewery describes its nose of...
  12. Dassai 50 Nigori

    Sake Dassai 50 Nigori

    The rice used in Dassai 50 sake is milled down to 50% of its original size. Rice, water and rice koji and filtered just enough to preserve its naturally sweet flavour that's full-bodied yet refreshing. Its sweetness shows very floral aromas with a hint of nuts, candy, and cantaloupe. Lively and...
  13. Senkin Rishun Asashibori

    Senkin Rishun Asashibori

    Senkin Rishun Asashibori, namazake produced by Senkin Brewery in Tochigi. Consumed with Maciamo in Odawara in October 2018.
  14. Senkin Issei Junmai Daiginjo

    Sake Senkin Issei Junmai Daiginjo

    Senkin Issei Junmai Daiginjō (仙禽一聲純米大吟醸) is unfiltered bottle-aged sake (muroka) produced from locally grown Yamada Nishiki rice. Product description: According to the brewery's managing director, Senkin Issei (仙禽 一聲) is a very limited item 100% made of Yamada Nishiki from the "Domaine...
  15. Mansaku no Hana Junmai Daiginjo

    Sake Mansaku no Hana Junmai Daiginjo

    This Mansaku no Hana (まんさくの花) Junmai Daiginjō has a beautiful and gentle taste and comes with a rich fragrance and a gentle and refreshing taste. It is made from rice produced in Akita Prefecture (Gin no sei, Akita Sake Komachi, Misato Nishiki). Mansaku no Hana The brand was inspired by the...
  16. thomas

    Kosher sake pours into Japan

    This is an interesting piece on a Gifu-based sake brewery that produces kosher sake. Actually, there are several Japanese breweries that have the kosher certificate. Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/kosher-sake-pours-into-japan/ar-BB1bQKAL http://www.funasaka-shuzo.com/ Here's an...
  17. The Japanese Saké Bible

    Culture The Japanese Saké Bible

    The Japanese Sake Bible is the ultimate book about Japan's national drink - from its history, culture and production methods to how to choose the best sake and recommended food pairings. Author Brian Ashcraft—the author of the popular guide Japanese Whisky—has put together lively commentaries...
  18. Sake - Japanese Rice Wine

    Cuisine Sake - Japanese Rice Wine

    Sake (also spelt saké, also referred to as Japanese rice wine) is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Despite the name, Japanese rice wine, sake, and indeed any East Asian rice wine (such as huangjiu and cheongju), is produced by a brewing...
  19. JREF

    The Story of Sake 2020-02-18

    The history, production, consumption, and evaluation/degustation of Japanese rice wine presented by the National Research Institute of Brewing (NRIB 酒類総合研究所 ).
  20. The Complete Guide to Japanese Drinks

    Culture The Complete Guide to Japanese Drinks

    Japan is home to some of the world's most interesting alcoholic beverages—from traditional Sake and Shochu to Japanese whisky, beer, wine and cocktails that are winning global acclaim and awards. In this comprehensive survey of Japanese drinks, experts Stephen Lyman and Chris Bunting cover all...
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