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TYPES OF SAKE

JUNMAI
Literally means “pure rice”: it is composed of rice, water, koji and yeast. This traditional style of sake was mastered by the end of the 17th century and is generally rich in umami and complex in flavor. It is considered versatile because of its wider range of serving temperatures.

TOKUBETSU JUNMAI
Meaning “special Junmai sake” and it is created with rice that is polished to at least 60%. The use of sake-specific rice or other use of legally recognized special production method would be labeled Tokubetsu. The sake has a gentle taste and a soft texture.

JUNMAI GINJO
This style is characterized by a bright aroma, fruity tastes and delicate body. Classified as sake made from rice polished down to at least 60% and often employing a special process including lower-temperature fermentation and special strains of yeast. The term “Junmai” is used to differentiate between “pure rice” sake and sake with brewer’s alcohol added.

JUNMAI DAIGINJO
Dai means great, hence, “Great Ginjo.” Daiginjo is made from rice polished down to at least 50% or less and also fermented in lower-temperature for a long period of time. It often use sake-specific rice. The term “Junmai” is used to differentiate between “pure rice” sake and sake with brewer’s alcohol added.

NAMA
Unpasteurized.

NIGORI
Unfiltered, or coarsely filtered, with a milky white appearance.

KIMOTO
Kimoto represent the most traditional method of sake making, perfected in the 17th century. It uses a fermentation starter that employs the laborious task of pounding streamed rice into a paste. It is known to display complex but well-balanced flavors, with enhanced umami and acidity.

YAMAHAI
This type of sake making evolved from the Kimoto method. It is known for developing complexity and deep flavors equal to Kimoto style sake.

GENSHU
Genshu is undiluted sake. After filtration, sake has an alcohol content of around 19%+. Most sake on the market has been diluted with water down to 12-16%. Genshu is full-bodied and has a rich taste.

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Imported Sake

SHO CHIKU BAI SHIRAKABEGURA › Junmai Daiginjo, 640ml_THUMBNAIL
From the award winning (13 consecutive years) Shirakabe Gura brewery from Japan.
$50.00
Type: Junmai Daiginjo
Alcohol: 15.5%
Rice: Yamadanishiki
Brewed in: Nada, Hyogo, Japan
SMV: ±0
Rice Polishing Ratio: 45%
Acidity: 1.0
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
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SHO CHIKU BAI SHIRAKABEGURA › Kimoto Junmai, 640ml_THUMBNAIL
From the award winning (13 consecutive years) Shirakabe Gura brewery from Japan.
$25.00
Type: Junmai
Alcohol: 15.5%
Rice: Gohyakumangoku
Brewed in: Nada, Hyogo, Japan
SMV: +2
Rice Polishing Ratio: 70%
Acidity: 1.2
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
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SHO CHIKU BAI SHIRAKABEGURA › MIO Sparkling Sake, 750ml_THUMBNAIL
Crafted in the traditional brewing style, with rice, water and Koji.
$22.00
Type: Sparkling Sake
Alcohol: 5%
Rice: Japanese varietal
Brewed in: Nada, Hyogo, Japan
SMV: -70
Acidity: 4.0
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
Available Sizes: 750ml*,29,300ml,17
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SHO CHIKU BAI SHIRAKABEGURA › MIO Sparkling Sake, 300ml_THUMBNAIL
Crafted in the traditional brewing style, with rice, water and Koji.
$11.00
Type: Sparkling Sake
Alcohol: 5%
Rice: Japanese varietal
Brewed in: Nada, Hyogo, Japan
SMV: -70
Acidity: 4.0
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
Available Sizes: 750ml,29,300ml*,17
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SHIRAKABEGURA › Tokubetsu Junmai, 1.8L_THUMBNAIL
The Shirakabe Gura brewery has received the Gold Medal of the Japan Sake Appraisal for 13 consecutive years.
$33.00
Type: Tokubetsu Junmai
Alcohol: 15.5%
Rice: Gohyakumangoku
Brewed in: Nada, Hyogo, Japan
SMV: +2
Rice Polishing Ratio: 60%
Acidity: 1.6
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 6
Available Sizes: 1.8L*,22,720ml,23,300ml,24
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SHIRAKABEGURA › Tokubetsu Junmai, 720ml_THUMBNAIL
From the award winning (13 consecutive years) Shirakabe Gura brewery from Japan.
$18.00
Type: Tokubetsu Junmai
Alcohol: 15.5%
Rice: Gohyakumangoku
Brewed in: Nada, Hyogo, Japan
SMV: +2
Rice Polishing Ratio: 60%
Acidity: 1.6
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
Available Sizes: 1.8L,22,720ml*,23,300ml,24
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SHIRAKABEGURA › Tokubetsu Junmai, 300ml_THUMBNAIL
From the award winning (13 consecutive years) Shirakabe Gura brewery from Japan.
$9.00
Type: Tokubetsu Junmai
Alcohol: 15.5%
Rice: Gohyakumangoku
Brewed in: Nada, Hyogo, Japan
SMV: +2
Rice Polishing Ratio: 60%
Acidity: 1.6
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
Buy a Case: 12
Available Sizes: 1.8L,22,720ml,23,300ml,24*
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SHO CHIKU BAI › Kinpaku Tokubetsu Junmai, 1.8L_THUMBNAIL
With gold flakes makes an outstanding choice for festive occasions.
$38.00
Type: Tokubetsu Junmai
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Japanese varietal
Brewed in: Fushimi, Kyoto, Japan
SMV: +2
Rice Polishing Ratio: 60%
Acidity: 1.6
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
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SHO CHIKU BAI > GOKAI, 180ml Case (30)_THUMBNAIL
Convenient, single-serving cup sake.
Case Sale Only - 30 of 180ml cups per case

Now 25% Off
$119.70 $89.70
Type: Junmai
Alcohol: 15%
Rice: Japanese varietal
Brewed in: Fushimi, Kyoto, Japan
SMV: +4
Rice Polishing Ratio: 70%
Acidity: 1.4
Sulfite Free: Yes
Gluten Free: Yes
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