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  • Dassai Tasting Box  3x180ml
    Dassai Tasting Box 3x180ml

    JAPANESE SAKE DASSAI BRAND TASTING SET CONTAINS THE MASTERPIECES OF DASSAI NR 23 39 50

    ∙ Dassai 23 - Junmai Daiginjo
    ∙ Dassai 39 - Junmai Daiginjo
    ∙ Dassai 50 - Junmai Daiginjo

    Verkoop van alcohol aan personen onder 18…

    € 59,50
  • Gassan Sasara Tsuki Junmai 10.5% 300ml
    Gassan Sasara Tsuki Junmai 10.5% 300ml

    Gassan Sasara Tsuki Junmai

    Sasara Tsuki Junmai Sake komt uit de prefectuur Yamagata, een regio met overvloedig mineraalwater en hoogwaardige rijst. De sake heeft een zoet aroma en een gematigde rondheid en kan het best gekoeld…

    € 11,95
  • Gekkeikan Kokyo Sake 300ml 14.5%
    Gekkeikan Kokyo Sake 300ml 14.5%

    SAKE GEKKEIKAN 300MLSake is een alcoholische drank die wordt gemaakt door rijst en water te vergisten. Hoewel het geen wijn is, wordt het soms 'rijstwijn' genoemd. Sake, zoals we het nu kennen, kwam voor het eerst rond 300 voor…

    € 8,50
  • Gekkeikan Kokyo Sake 720ml 14.5%
    Gekkeikan Kokyo Sake 720ml 14.5%

    JAPANSE SAKE GEKKEIKAN KOKYOExperience Gekkeikan Sake in a traditional manner. This attractively-packaged set makes an excellent gift.

    Style: Herbaceous with hints of grapefruit and a light earthiness. Good acidity, mineral…

    € 13,95
  • Hakutaka Ginjyo Sake 15.5% 300ml
    Hakutaka Ginjyo Sake 15.5% 300ml

    GINJYO HAKUTAKAHakutaka Ginjyo Chozou Sake Rice Wine白鷹 吟醸生貯蔵 15.5% Lekkere frisse Sake, licht gezoet, vol aromatisch en met een licht zoete rijst nasmaak. Deze Sake wordt koud gedronken en is helemaal niet…

    € 12,95
  • Hakutaka Sake 300ml 14.5%
    Hakutaka Sake 300ml 14.5%

    HAKUTAKA GINJYO SAKE 300ML白鷹 Hakutaka清酒 (14.5%)Gevestigd in Hyogo Prefecture , werd Hakutaka opgericht in 1862 aan de voet van Mt. Rokko , waar de Miyamizu water is de meest bekende brouwen water in Japan. De toji of sake…

    € 10,95
  • Hakutaka Sake 720ml 14.5%
    Hakutaka Sake 720ml 14.5%

    HAKUTAKA GINJYO SAKE 720ML白鷹 Hakutaka 清酒 (14.5%)Gevestigd in Hyogo Prefecture , werd Hakutaka opgericht in 1862 aan de voet van Mt. Rokko , waar de Miyamizu water is de meest bekende brouwen water in Japan. De toji of sake…

    € 22,95
  • Hana Awaka Sparkling Sake 250ml 7%
    Hana Awaka Sparkling Sake 250ml 7%

    OZEKI HANA AWAKA SPARKLING SAKE 250MLOzeki 250ml

    Ozeki Hana Awaka (mousserende bloem) is een verfrissende, koolzuurhoudende, alcoholarme sake. Deze lichte, aangename bubbelsake is perfect als brunch en drankjes na het werk. Ozeki…

    € 11,95
  • Jozen Blue Junmai Daiginjo Sake 300ml
    Jozen Blue Junmai Daiginjo Sake 300ml

    JOZEN BLUE JUNMAI DAIGINJO SAKE 300MLAlle Japanse sake kan worden ingedeeld op basis van hoeveel de gebruikte rijst is gepolijst of gemalen. Om als 'daiginjo', de hoogste beoordeling, te worden geclassificeerd, moet de rijst…

    € 16,99
  • Jozen Pink Junmai Ginjo Sake 15% 300ml
    Jozen Pink Junmai Ginjo Sake 15% 300ml

    JOZEN PINK JUNMAI GINJO SAKE Shirataki 300mlMerk: Shirataki

    Regio: Niigata

    Type: Junmai Ginjo

    Ingrediënten: rijst, gist, koji, water

    Alc.Vol .: 15% (+ 3 / 1,7)

    Rijstpulp: 55%

    Inhoud: 300ml

    Deze perfect uitgebalanceerde…

    € 12,95
  • Jozen White Junmai Ginjo Sake 300ml 14,5%
    Jozen White Junmai Ginjo Sake 300ml 14,5%

    JOZEN WHITE JUNMAI GINJO SAKEShirataki 300mlMerk: Shirataki

    Regio: Niigata

    Type: Junmai Ginjo

    Ingrediënten: rijst, gist, koji, water,

    Alc.Vol .: 14,5% (+ 5 / 1,3)

    Rijstpulp: 55%

    Inhoud: 300ml

    Een betrouwbare Junmai-ginjo…

    € 11,95
  • Jozen White Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml 14.5%
    Jozen White Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml 14.5%

    JOZEN WHITE JUNMAI GINJO SAKEShirataki 720mlDe Japanse Shirataki Sake brouwerij in de prefectuur Niigata produceert Jozen Mizuno Gotoshi, een van de bekendste Japanse sake-merken. Dit verfrissende brouwsel heeft een mondgevoel dat…

    € 21,50
  • Kikumasamune Junmai Taru Sake 15% 300ml
    Kikumasamune Junmai Taru Sake 15% 300ml

    Kikumasamune Junmai Taru Sake

    Onze Taru Sake is een authentieke, droge sake die wordt gekenmerkt door de verfrissende geur van Yoshino ceder.

    € 11,95
  • Kikusakari Junmai sake 300ml 15%
    Kikusakari Junmai sake 300ml 15%

    JUNMAI SAKEKikusakari 300mlMerk: Kikusakari

    Regio: Ibaraki

    Type: Junmai

    Ingrediënten: rijst, gist, koji, water

    Alc.Vol .: 15,0% (+ 3 / 1,6)

    Rijstpulp: 65%

    Inhoud: 300ml

    Junmaishu wordt gebrouwen met een arbeidsintensieve…

    € 9,50
  • King Banshu nishiki mild cup sake 180ml 14%
    King Banshu nishiki mild cup sake 180ml 14%

    BANSHU NISHIKI MILD CUP SAKE RIJST WIJNKing リキュール 180mlSake cup banchu nishiki mild KING 180ml 13 ° Japan

    Ingredients: Rice Alcohol. Degree Alcohol: 13-14.0%

    Verkoop van alcohol aan personen onder 18 jaar is niet…

    € 4,50
  • Kinpaku Gold Sake Fukumasamune 720ml 14%
    Kinpaku Gold Sake Fukumasamune 720ml 14%

    FORTUNE SAKE FUKUMASAMUNE 720ML 14%Kanazawa, the castle town of Kaga Hyakumangoku, boasts more than 99% of the production of gold leaf in Japan. Fukumasamune Gorgeous is a dry pure rice sake with a fine texture and a smooth…

    € 49,50
  • Mizuho KENBISHI "Kuromatsu" HONJOZO Sake 17% 1800 ml
    Mizuho KENBISHI "Kuromatsu" HONJOZO Sake 17% 1800 ml

    KENBISHI "KUROMATSU" HONJOZO"Kuromatsu" is not just any typical Honjozo style sake.Medium dry body with beautiful fragrance and viscosity on the palate, lingering and dense.It shows the characteristics and distinctive flavor of…

    € 57,95
  • Mizuho KENBISHI "Kuromatsu" HONJOZO Sake 900 ml 16.5%
    Mizuho KENBISHI "Kuromatsu" HONJOZO Sake 900 ml 16.5%

    KENBISHI "KUROMATSU" HONJOZO"Kuromatsu" is not just any typical Honjozo style sake.Medium dry body with beautiful fragrance and viscosity on the palate, lingering and dense.It shows the characteristics and distinctive flavor of…

    € 29,95
  • Nenohi Ginjo Hanafugetsu Seishu 14.5% 300ml
    Nenohi Ginjo Hanafugetsu Seishu 14.5% 300ml

    Nenohi Ginjo Hanafugetsu Seishu
    Sake Rice wine
    "Hana fugetsu" betekent "bloem, wind en maan." We kozen voor deze naam en ontwierpen het label om de Japanse geest van liefhebbende natuur tot uitdrukking te brengen, zoals belicha

    € 12,95
  • Ozeki Hana Awaka Sparkling Peach 250ml 7%
    Ozeki Hana Awaka Sparkling Peach 250ml 7%

    OZEKI HANA AWAKA SPARKLING SAKE 250MLOzeki 250mlMousserende sake doordrenkt met perziksap"Hana-fuga" is een verfrissende sprankelende sake met levendige hints van perzik in het aroma en een zoetigheid in je mond. Een delicatesse…

    € 9,95
  • Ozeki Junmai Sake Dry 14.5% 180ml
    Ozeki Junmai Sake Dry 14.5% 180ml

    Ozeki Junmai sake is a premium sake, brewed by one of Japan's best known sake producers Ozeki. Ozeki Junmai sake is smooth and dry, with a light body and refreshing fruitiness. It is a perfect introduction to sake. The sake is ide

    € 6,50
  • Shirataki Jozen Sparkling Sake 360ml 11.5%
    Shirataki Jozen Sparkling Sake 360ml 11.5%

    JOZEN SPARKLING SAKEShirataki 上善如水 360mlBrand: Shirataki

    Region: Niigata

    Type: Sparkling sake

    Alc.Vol: 11.5%(-40/4.0)

    Content: 360ml

    Jozen Sparkling offers a friendly gateway to the world of sake for novices, and a…

    € 12,95
  • Takasago Shuzo Jyunmaishu Kokushimusou Cocoo Sake 12.5% 500ml
    Takasago Shuzo Jyunmaishu Kokushimusou Cocoo Sake 12.5% 500ml

    COCOO GENUINE RICE WINE TAKASAGO 500MLTakasago Shuzou 国士無双 虚空 純米酒 12.5% Lekkere frisse Sake, licht gezoet, vol aromatisch en met een licht zoete rijst nasmaak. Deze Sake wordt koud gedronken en is helemaal niet…

    € 18,95
  • Premium Sake

    Toyama Ginban Shuzo nr 50 Sake 300ml 15%
    Toyama Ginban Shuzo nr 50 Sake 300ml 15%

    TOYAMA GINBAN SHUZO DAIGINJO SAKEGinban Junmai Daiginjo Banshu 50 300mlYamada Nishiki, a rice suitable for sake brewing, is pearled to 50% and brewed with Kurobe's famous water, which was selected as one of Japan's 100 famous…

    € 13,95
  • -25%

    Wijnfles kist L35 x B20 x H11 cm
    Wijnfles kist L35 x B20 x H11 cm

    HOUTEN WIJNFLES KIST MET TOUW HANDVATIdeaal voor als Cadeau om Sake fles in te verpakken

    € 9,95 € 7,50
  • -24%

    Wijnfles kist L36 x B10,4 x H10 cm
    Wijnfles kist L36 x B10,4 x H10 cm

    HOUTEN WIJNFLES KISTIdeaal voor als Cadeau om Sake fles in te verpakken

    € 6,50 € 4,95

Sake Basics

The origin of sake can be traced back to fermented rice beverage brought to Japan from China by the third century B.C.. Since then it has evolved into a unique and sophisticated alcoholic beverage that is of great cultural significance to the Japanese people.

Although sake is brewed only from rice, it offers a wide variety of tastes like wine. There are supposed to be more than 2,700 breweries all over Japan, and each brewery uses different sake-brewing rice, koji mold (yeast), and water (either spring water or filtered water) in its own unique brewing method. There are also differences distinctive to each sake-making region in Japan, adding more complexity to the world of sake. To better appreciate sake, one needs to know that it is divided into four major categories: DaiginjoGinjoJunmai, and Honjozo.

  • Daiginjo
    Prized as the top of Japanese sake, Daiginjo has a very light, fragrant, fruity and subtle taste. It is brewed with rice whose each grain has been polished away by 50-65%, and the various brewing processes are handled with greater care and attention. Serve chilled or at room temperature. 
     
  • Ginjo
    Ginjo is Sake brewed with rice whose each grain has been polished away by 40-50%. Like Daiginjo, the flavour of Ginjo is light, fragrant and even complex. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
     
  • Junmai
    Brewed only with rice, filtered water, and Koji mold, Junmai sake is in general full-bodied and slightly acidic. It goes well with a wide variety of food. Serve at room temperature or hot.
     
  • Honjozo
    Honjozo is brewed with rice, filtered water, Koji mold and yeast. The grain of rice is polished by more than 30%. A small amount of alcohol is added in the final fermentation process. Dry and smooth, usually lighter and more fragrant than Junmai Sake. Serve warm or at room temperature.


The categories of Daiginjo, Ginjo, Junmai, Honjozo are Premium Sake. The others are classified as "Normal Sake" (Futsu-Shu), but there are also many good Sakes in Futsu-Shu.

In addition, there are other varieties such as Nigori, Nama, and Ume Shu. Nigori Sake is unfiltered, subtly sweet, and its texture has a white, cloudy look. Nama is draft Sake, not pasteurized, and has a fresher and lighter flavour. Ume Shu is sweet plum wine served as an aperitif or dessert wine. 

In the trade of Sake, its taste, either dry or sweet, is determined by Sake Meter Value (Nihonshu Do). Adding to it the value of acidity, you will get what's called Total Perception Chart for more accurate evaluation of what Sake tastes like.


Sake scale
Sake Scale is a combination of indicators that gives you an idea of what a sake tastes like as accurately and concretely as possible. As you find in the product pages on this site, each sake is assigned a barometer of acidity, alcohol percentage, and Sake Meter Value or Nihonshudo.


Sake meter value

Like wines, a sake can be defined either as dry or sweet as its basic characteristics. In Japan, Nihonshudo, or the Sake Meter Value, is often used to determine whether a sake is either dry or sweet, or in between, by measuring the amount of residual sugar and alcohol in it. 

In this measurement, water is given a value of ±0, and a sake with Sake Meter Value of ±0 should taste neutral, neither dry nor sweet. As shown in a figure below, a positive value means less residual sugar and therefore a drier sake. Likewise, a negative value indicates a sweeter sake.


Total perception chart
As reliable a Sake Meter Value would be, acids and other elements can mask the real residual sugar amount. For example, a higher level of acidity can make a sweet sake taste drier than it actually is. To give a more accurate evaluation of sake, therefore, total acidity is used as another indicator. 
 

 

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