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  • Choryo Yoshinosugi Taru Sake 300ml 15.5%
    Choryo Yoshinosugi Taru Sake 300ml 15.5%
    € 13,50
  • Gassan Sasara Tsuki Junmai 10.5% 300ml
    Gassan Sasara Tsuki Junmai 10.5% 300ml
    € 10,95
  • Gekkeikan Nigori Sake 300mlGekkeikan Nigori Sake 10,5%  300ml
    Gekkeikan Nigori Sake 300mlGekkeikan Nigori Sake 10,5% 300ml
    € 10,95
  • Hakutaka Ginjyo Sake 15.5% 300ml
    Hakutaka Ginjyo Sake 15.5% 300ml
    € 9,95
  • Hakutaka Sake 300ml
    Hakutaka Sake 300ml
    € 9,95
  • Hana Awaka Sparkling Sake 250ml
    Hana Awaka Sparkling Sake 250ml
    € 7,99
  • Honkaku Shochu Murasakiimo Jikomi Akasatsuma 25%
    Honkaku Shochu Murasakiimo Jikomi Akasatsuma 25%
    € 33,50
  • Imo shochu satsuma shiranami 25%
    Imo shochu satsuma shiranami 25%
    € 29,50
  • Jozen Blue Junmai Daiginjo Sake 300ml
    Jozen Blue Junmai Daiginjo Sake 300ml
    € 16,99
  • Jozen Pink Junmai Ginjo Sake 15,5% 300ml
    Jozen Pink Junmai Ginjo Sake 15,5% 300ml
    € 12,95
  • Jozen White Junmai Ginjo Sake 300ml
    Jozen White Junmai Ginjo Sake 300ml
    € 10,95
  • Kamozuro Kuranama Sake 300ml
    Kamozuro Kuranama Sake 300ml
    € 11,95
  • King Banshu nishiki mild cup sake 180ml
    King Banshu nishiki mild cup sake 180ml
    € 3,95
  • Kurashizuku sake 15% 300ml
    Kurashizuku sake 15% 300ml
    € 10,95
  • Miwa Shuzo Shirakawago Sasanigori 15.3% 500ml
    Miwa Shuzo Shirakawago Sasanigori 15.3% 500ml
    € 24,95
  • Mizuho Kuromatsu Kenbishi Sake 180 ml
    Mizuho Kuromatsu Kenbishi Sake 180 ml
    € 7,99
  • Morita Owari Otokoyama Daiginjo 14.5% 300ml
    Morita Owari Otokoyama Daiginjo 14.5% 300ml
    € 10,95
  • Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai Sake 720ml
    Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai Sake 720ml
    € 36,50
  • Ozeki Hana Awaka Sparkling Peach 250ml 7%
    Ozeki Hana Awaka Sparkling Peach 250ml 7%
    € 7,99
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    Ozeki Hana Fuga Yuzu Sparkling Sake 5% 250ml
    Ozeki Hana Fuga Yuzu Sparkling Sake 5% 250ml
    € 8,50
  • Ozeki Junmai Sake Dry 14.5% 180ml
    Ozeki Junmai Sake Dry 14.5% 180ml
    € 6,50
  • Ozeki Karatanba Honjozo 15.4% 300ml
    Ozeki Karatanba Honjozo 15.4% 300ml
    € 9,50
  • Sayuri Nigori Junmai 12.5% 300ml
    Sayuri Nigori Junmai 12.5% 300ml
    € 10,95
  • Shirataki Jozen Sparkling Sake 360ml
    Shirataki Jozen Sparkling Sake 360ml
    € 12,95
  • Shiroku Saishikomi Kijoshu Junmai 500ml 16%
    Shiroku Saishikomi Kijoshu Junmai 500ml 16%
    € 48,95
  • 300ml

    Takagi Shuzo Toyonoume Junmai Ginjo 16,3% Sake 300ml
    Takagi Shuzo Toyonoume Junmai Ginjo 16,3% Sake 300ml
    € 13,95
  • Takasago Shuzo Jyunmaishu Kokushimusou Cocoo Sake 12.5% 500ml
    Takasago Shuzo Jyunmaishu Kokushimusou Cocoo Sake 12.5% 500ml
    € 16,95
  • Wijnfles kist L35 x B20 x H11 cm
    Wijnfles kist L35 x B20 x H11 cm
    € 9,95
  • Wijnfles kist L36 x B10,4 x H10 cm
    Wijnfles kist L36 x B10,4 x H10 cm
    € 6,50
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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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