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Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Grain Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Grain Whisky 750ml

Grain whisky is one of the least understood components of the whisky world. When you sip a blended Scotch like Johnnie Walker or Suntory's Hibiki, you're drinking a blend of two types of whisky -- both single malt and grain -- hence the term "blend" (many people assume the "blend" refers to the blend of various distilleries). While we've gone out of our way here at K&L to help our customers understand 100% malted barley single malt whisky, we've never really talked very much about grain whisky -- mostly because there's very little of it available! Grain ... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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Nikka 12 Year Old Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese Whisky 750ml

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Bright gold in color and fresh, this single malt from Nikka offers a pitch-perfect balance of fruit, oak and smoke. On the palate, this translates to fresh apple and subtle vanilla flavors that taper smoothly." (2/2013) K&L Notes: So you've heard that Japanese whisky is quite popular these days. You're right; it is. But while the mainstream choice is always going to be Suntory, it's Nikka that is quietly bringing the goods to your local boutique retailer. Founded by Masataka Taketsuru in 1936, the Nikka whisky company is one of Japan's best kept secrets (at least wit... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
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Suntory Hakushu 12 Year Old Japanese Peated Single Malt Whisky 750ml (Elsewhere $70)

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Fans of smoky Islay Scotches will enjoy this smoky single malt that’s made at Suntory’s Hakashu Distillery, which is “surrounded by forest at the foot of the Southern Japan Alps.” Despite the delicate aromas of tropical fruit and light peat, the smoke note is considerably amplified on the palate, especially on the resonant finish, where it pushes those dainty fruit tones completely off the map." (2/2013) K&L Notes: The newest Japanese whisky to hit the U.S. market is Suntory's Hakushu - known as the "Forest Distillery". Built in 1973 as a sister distillery to Suntor... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

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Nikka 15 Year "Yoichi" Old Japanese Single Malt Whisky 750ml Top Pick!
Nikka 15 Year "Yoichi" Old Japanese Single Malt Whisky 750ml

Finally here! With the global appetite for Japanese whiskey reaching a feverish level, the second biggest company on the island has finally graced the United State with its presence. Nikka has long been the Pepsi to Suntory's Coca-Cola. With more richness, nuttiness, and stone-fruited character than something like the Yamazaki 12, the 15 year old is a peated (aka smoky) expression from Nikka that offers incredible depth and nuance in a very elegant package. A remarkable whiskey for those in the know. 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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Nikka 21 Year Old Taketsuru Pure Malt Japanese Whisky 750ml

After Nikka's 21 year old whisky won "World's Best Blended Malt" for 2010 (remember this is a blended single malt, not a blended whisky -- meaning there's no grain whisky added), we were flooded with emails from customers wondering where they could get it. "You can't" we were forced to say, "unless you're willing to travel out of the country." Three years later we're finally sitting on our own supply at K&L! The complexity of spice and nuance on the palate of the 21 year is incredible -- rich, round fruit, cocoa, exotic spices, and even a hint of soy sau... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $169.99 Add To Cart

Tozai "Typhoon" Futsu Sake 720ml

This is a surprisingly delicious considering the bargain basement price. Soft, crisp flavors of citrus with refreshing acidity, the Typhoon could easily be thrown into a white wine tasting as a dynamic substitute. For the price, it also makes a fantastic mixer into specialty cocktails. Try it instead of dry vermouth in a martini, or use it in a Corpse Reviver instead of Lillet. Again, for the money, it's a fantastic beginner's bottle that brings clean, authentic sake character for a bargain. 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $9.99 Add To Cart

Nikka 12 Year Old Miyagikyo Single Malt Japanese Whisky 750ml (Previously $110.00) Top Pick!
Nikka 12 Year Old Miyagikyo Single Malt Japanese Whisky 750ml (Previously $110.00)

The spectacular Miyagikyo 12 year is a true masterpiece. This special distillery in the Sendai prefecture makes some of the best whisky in Japan. Softly smoky and utterly irresistible, the 12 year old from Miyagikiyo shows incredible balance and complexity. The pungent nose of bright fruit and soft phenol is marked by a wonderful honeyed vanilla. On the palate the richness is evident and the sweetness is perfectly balanced by the most subtle whiffs of peat, grass, earth and exotic wood. This special whisky is more expensive than it's pure malt brother, T... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

Chokaisan Junmai Daiginjo Sake (720ml)

This is one of the best sakes we carry at K&L--period. I would bring this bottle to a dinner party and just drink it like a bottle of white wine or rose. We need to get out of the habit where we only drink sake when we eat Japanese food. This is the bottle that should prove to serious wine drinkers that sake can easily hang with a great Sancerre or an Alsatian pinot gris. Crisp, vibrant fruit on the entry with hints of pear on the finish. Made with a unique yeast derived from flowers, the sake is one of the most aromatic and delicious we carry, as well a... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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Ichishima Tokubetsu Honjozo Sake 720ml

Ichishima is a family-owned brewery in the Niigata prefecture that has been making sake since 1790. Located on the western coast of Japan, it's nestled in between the ocean and the mountains, and can receive more than 30 feet of snow annually. The cold temperature allows for an incredibly long fermentation times (roughly five weeks), resulting in light, delicate, and elegant sake flavors that bring new meaning to the word graceful. Niigata sakes are meant to pair well with seafood and sushi; two specialties of the coastal region. The Tokubetsu Honjozo sa... Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Eiko Fuji Ban Ryu Honjozo Sake 720ml

Light and smoky, with a notes of honeydew melon and cherry pits. Fragrant and clean, this is a terrific value! It comes from Yamagata.. 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

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Fukucho "Moon on the Water" Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml

88 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very pale, green-tinged color. Fruity, vibrant aromas of lime, fennel and minerals, with a hint of white pepper; this one is also rather Chablis-like. Rich and soft in the mouth, conveying lovely fullness without weight. Just a bit aggressive and warm on the finish. This needs to be served with food. The water in the Hiroshima prefecture is known for being very soft. Made by one of the very small number of female brewers in Japan. 2007" Wine Spectator: "Features flavors of peppered greens, with some apple and clove notes. Displays a woodsy essence, offering a finish of cre ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $36.99 Add To Cart
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Rihaku "Dreamy Clouds" Tokubetsu Junmai Nigori Sake 720ml (Unfiltered)

Gohyakumangoku rice milled to 59%, this unfiltered sake still has the lees in it, which gives it a cloudy appearance and a bit sweeter taste than a more modern filtered sake. Made by Rihaku Shuzo in the Shimane Prefecture, it is rich, creamy and quite long at the end. 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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Tentaka Kuni "Hawk in the Heavens" Junmai Sake 720ml

Milled to 55%, this Junmai sake from Tochigi Prefecture made from Gohyakumangoku rice is brewed with water from an underground mountain spring. This is round in style, with a floral note at the finish. "Dry and crisp, the flavors are dominated by mixed nuts, fresh cut green grass and other earthier flavors. Very pleasing for those who want fresh sake flavor, but more complexity beyond the fermented fruit flavors. 


Inventory: Redwood City

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Takatenjin "Sword of the Sun" Tokubetsu Honjozo 720ml

One of the best bangs for the buck in the business, the rice for the Takatenjin is polished down to 60% and the sake offers a clean, fresh, vibrant profile. Crisp, great with seafood, and easy to love. Substitute this bottle in the next time you're thinking pinot grigio. 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $23.99 Add To Cart

Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml

The mineral aspects of this wonderfully crisp sake are the main focus, but there's a bit of fruit as well to round out the back end. It's just a polished, strikingly elegant sake that should pair with just about anything. 


Inventory: Redwood City

Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

Yuho "Eternal Embers" Sake 720ml

We often tell people to drink that bottle of sake up quickly like a white wine. Such a delicate liquid must go bad quickly after exposure to that monster of a molecule, O2, right? Turns out, we've all been making a terrible mistake...at least some of the time. While it's true that many sake will go flat sitting in the fridge after a week, a select few will continue to open and blossom for weeks or even months. We know that sake can age in the bottle, but the Yuho is something completely different. This stuff is made like no other sake in Japan. This exci... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

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Nanbu Bijin "Ancient Pillars" Junmai Daiginjo Sake 720ml

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very pale color. Complex, subtly saline aromas of lemon, lime zest, white rose and mint; also in a high-pitched, rather “northern” style. Very suave on entry, then rich and fine-grained, with terrific aromatic lift in the middle palate. Broader than the Divine Droplets: this really spreads out and melts into the tongue. Finishes very long, with noteworthy finesse. The alcohol here is actually a rather high 17.9%. This brewery is built around the well that supplies its water." (1/2007) K&L Notes: Yamada Nishiki Milled to 35%, made by Nanbu Bijin Shuzo in the I... Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City

Price: $69.99 Add To Cart
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Asahi Brown Sugar Shochu 750ml

Asahi the brown sugar shochu brewed by Asahi Sake Brewing Co. They can brew brown sugar shochu only in the Amami islands of Amami-Ohshima, Kikaishima Island, Tokunoshima Island, Okinoerabujima Island, and Yoronjima Island. It is the traditional distilled spirit of these five isles, which were formed when coral reefs rose above sea level. The limestone soil of the reef provides a water rich in minerals and pure in flavor, which is used to brew and dilute the shochu. As the name is brown sugar shochu, it is natural that they use brown sugar for brewing, cu... Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City

Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Daiginjo Sake 720ml

Fresh, fruity, clean, and delicious! There's a bit of sweetness on the back end and the stonefruit elements are pronounced all the way through. An absolute joy to drink and easily at the top of my list for recommending to both sake experts and newcomers alike. 


Inventory: Redwood City

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Yuki No Bosha "Cabin in the Snow" Junmai Ginjo Nigori Sake 300ml

This nigori (unfilterd) sake is quite special. Often the nigoris are sweet, and not of the highest quality. In contrast, this is polished to 50%, and is a premium sake with no alcohol added It has a terrific nose and is drier on the palate than is typical. Leesy, complex, and long, this is a treat. 


Inventory: Redwood City

Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

Jokigen Junmai Ginjo 720ml

The famed Yamagata prefecture is renowned for producing Japan's most sought-after Sake. Lovely stone fruit notes with minerality and well balanced acidity. 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Yuki No Bosha "Limited Release" Junmai Ginjo Sake 300ml

This junmai daiginjo is light and soft with notes of peaches and strawberries. It is best served chilled and complements sushi and sashimi, as well as grilled meat or fish. Junmai ginjos tend to be light and fruity. They are made with rice that has been refined to 60% or less of its original size. This junmai ginjo is made with rice that has been refined to 50%. 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Eiko Fuji Dry Mountain Honkara Sake 720ml

Located in the Yamagata region of northern Japan, the Fuji Brewing Company was founded in 1778 and is now led by the 13th generation of the Kato family. The Kato’s named their sake after Mt. Fuji because they wanted their sake to be as glorious as this symbol. Honkara is an abbreviation for Honjozo Karakuchi, which is a classic type of sake. Honjozo is rich and robust. Karakuchi means it is dry. Prized for its richness and its dryness, Eiko Fuji Honkara is a wonderful and balanced representation of the style.This sake has a light and silky mouthfeel, som... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $27.99 Add To Cart


Dewatsuru Sakura Emaki Rose Futsuushu Sake (360ml)

The Sakura Emaki is made from the ancient purple rices known as Asamurasaki and Okunomurasaki, two varieties long thought lost. During an excavation of an ancient fort these grains were rediscovered. The Ministry of Agriculture petitioned Akita Seishu brewery (home of Dewatsuru) to develop a sake utilizing these heirloom grains and the Sakura Emaki was born. Deriving its pinkish hue from the grain (which is a deep purple) this has much in common with the wine-based rosés. The flavor profile is strawberries, watermelon and cherry blossoms. So unique ... Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City

Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

Seiko Udoku Sweet Potato Shochu 750ml

The word "Seiko Udoku" means "Work in the field in fine days and stay reading on rainy days". Seiko Udoku was named after the wish to talk about and share your dreams, quietly and comfortably free from worldly cares, when drinking shochu. This shochu has a sophisticated sweet potato aroma, light and smooth, yet full of Umami flavor. Ingredients include the "Kogane Sengan" varietal of sweet potato. All potatoes are locally grown in Ei-town, South Kyushu City. 100% of our potatoes are grown by contract farmers. Seiko Udoku employs Blending: 83% Kogane Seng... Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City

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Ooki Daikichi Honten Konnichiha Cooking Sake 720ml

Polished to 80%. This sake is aged two years which give this sake a round mouthfeel full of earthy tones such as mushroom, hazelnut and earl grey tea. The large amount of umami in this sake makes it ideal for steaming and braising. Brush on seafood, mix in with your sushi rice, add it to soup base, risotto, sauteed mushrooms, braise chicken in it, the possibilities are endless. Think of this as liquid (completely natural) msg. There are a handful of ingredients as a professional chef that are my secret weapons, and this is now one of them. ~Melissa Lavri... Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $22.99 Add To Cart

Otokoyama Tokubetsu Junmai Sake 300ml

EXTREMELY DRY SAKE 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

Dewatsuru Habataki Junmai Ginjo Sake (720ml)

Milled to 55%. Made using local Akinosei rice, this sake is slightly dry, with a crisp minerality and clean finish. This sake takes on vegetal notes, has a recessed nose, and is notably lower in alcohol. Its subtle nature and gentle nose allow it to match nicely with shellfish, green salads and creamy cheeses. (Melissa Smith, K&L Sake buyer) 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $29.99 Add To Cart


Dewatsuru Kimoto Junmai Sake 720ml

Akita Seishu was founded by Jushiro Ito in 1865 in a 150-year old thatched roof estate that was built at the end of the Edo period in Daisen City, in Akita Prefecture, in northeastern Japan. Akita Seishu values everything local, and treasures the harmonious relationships between man and nature. Akita Seishu's Dewatsuru is available in the United States for the first time. The name literally means 'the crane of the Dewa region,' and this sake brings to mind the beautiful, graceful birds, with regal lines, showing off their plumage in the snow country of n... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

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Kissui Rice Vodka From Japan 750ml

Special order items are not in stock and are dependent upon quantity available from distribution. All special orders are final and non-refundable. Kissui is a vodka from Japan. It is the only Japanese vodka available in the US at this moment. It’s distilled and bottled by Takara Shuzo in Kyoto. KISSUI means absolutely pure or made from one ingredient. Kissui is 100% distilled from rice with "Super-Allospas" process to allows for purity. Then it's blended with the natural spring water, Fushi-mizu, it’s famous for Sake making, from Fushimi, Kyoto. 


Inventory: Special Order

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Ichishima Ginjo Koshu Sake 720ml

Ichishima is a family-owned brewery in the Niigata prefecture that has been making sake since 1790. Located on the western coast of Japan, it's nestled in between the ocean and the mountains, and can receive more than 30 feet of snow annually. The cold temperature allows for an incredibly long fermentation times (roughly five weeks), resulting in light, delicate, and elegant sake flavors that bring new meaning to the word graceful. Niigata sakes are meant to pair well with seafood and sushi; two specialties of the coastal region. The Ginjo Koshu sake is ... Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City

Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

Ichishima Ginnoyorokobi Daiginjo Sake 720ml

Ichishima is a family-owned brewery in the Niigata prefecture that has been making sake since 1790. Located on the western coast of Japan, it's nestled in between the ocean and the mountains, and can receive more than 30 feet of snow annually. The cold temperature allows for an incredibly long fermentation times (roughly five weeks), resulting in light, delicate, and elegant sake flavors that bring new meaning to the word graceful. Niigata sakes are meant to pair well with seafood and sushi; two specialties of the coastal region. The Ginnoyorokobi Daigin... Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City

Price: $149.99 Add To Cart

Sake Tengoku SF Tasting May 22, 2014

K&L will be the first outlet offering a public tasting of the sakes being brought in by new sake importers Sake Tengoku! Headed up by the unbeatable team of Stuart Morris (classically trained chef turned sake authority) and Chef Ken Tominaga (sushi master at destination sushi restaurant Hana, and chef of Michael Mina's new Japanese ventures in SF). Five of their super small production, beautifully, artisanally crafted sakes will be available to taste in limited quantities, and available to purchase in even more limited quantities. Tickets are limited and... Read More » 


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Nanbu Bijin "Southern Beauty" Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml

With 50% of the rice polished away, the creamier elements of the grain are allowed to shine in the "Southern Beauty". Rounder on the palate, with hints of white pepper of the finish, this is like a fuller-bodied Chardonnay. 


Inventory: Redwood City

Price: $32.99 Add To Cart