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Possibly the sexiest Nigori we have ever tasted. You don't usually see Nigori at a Daiginjo level! This is sleek and delightfully light. There is a touch of zippy acidity, which helps lift the sweetness of the rice. Great fruity notes and a very clean style for a creamy sake.
Price: $12.99

Masumi is another Nagano brewery committed to producing the absolute finest possible Sake. The fabulous limited release Arabashiri is the freshest expression of Sake possible. The spring has finally sprung and we're lucky to get a small amount of this ultra-fresh unpasteurized sake, which should be consumed as soon as possible while the flavors are vibrant and bold. The rice here are Hitogokochi and Miyamanishiki polished to 55% and the bold flavors are match perfectly by the finesse and freshness of this special sake. Please be sure to keep this one chi...
Price: $34.99

92 points Wine Enthusiast: "The lightly smoky sea-breeze aroma entices on the nose. The palate opens with bolder peat smoke underpinned by vanilla and coconut, finishing with a mouthwatering salt-and-pepper accent. Adding water pulls it all together, creating an effect like vanilla cookies sprinkled with coarse sea salt, plus a puff of peat smoke. This was matured in ex-Madeira casks for two years, then transferred to Mizunara oak for ocean maturation for a final six years. (KN)" (03/2021) 90 points Whisky Advocate: "This is utterly unique; made from i...
Price: $99.99

The Asahi Shuzo brewery took a gamble when it restructured to focus solely on Junmai Daiginjo sake, but the gamble paid off and brought us this delightful sake. Thanks to them you can now try high quality sake at a reasonable price. Dassai “45” is the better version of the popular Dassai “50” which was known for its premium quality worldwide. With engaging flavors and easy pair-ability its no wonder that this sake is popular everywhere. Drink this floral daiginjo cold with sashimi, crudites, and pickles. Bring Dassai 45 to a dinner or housewarming part...
Price: $24.99

94 points Whisky Advocate: "Prunes, forest honey, vanilla seeds, dark chocolate cookies, and Brazil nut, with hints of chocolate orange and ground pepper: I’m hooked. Cocoa, Whoppers, baked orange, jellied peel, jumpy peppery spices, tamarind bark, and milk chocolate pralines on the palate, and chocolate, stewed fruits, and walnut once the strength dies down. This is the complete package, and a prime contender as one of the year’s tastiest new Japanese whiskies. (JM, Winter 2020)" K&L Notes: The history of the excellent Mars Distillery is long and compl...
Price: $199.99

Born Muroka Nama Genshu Draft Junmai Daiginjo Sake 720ml
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Next day shipping recommended. The "Born" sake takes its name not from a Japanese word, but a Sanskrit one meaning "innocent pureness" or "capturing the truth." And it does feel like some secret truth about Gohyakumangoku rice is captured here, quite poetically, in the form of an unfiltered, full-bodied, complex sake made by Katokichibee Shouten, a 350-year-old brewery. Genshu is the first-press, undiluted sake and has a higher alcohol content than other styles.
Price: $38.99

This bottling used to be the Dassai 50, but the brewery recently decided to polish the rice 5% more in order to improve the quality of the sake.
Price: $24.99

Asahi Shuzo Co is a Japanese brewery that produces sake under the Dassai brand. Founded in 1948, it is located in the mountains of the Yamaguchi prefecture, well positioned for supplies of clean water and equipped with a 200-feet (60-meter) deep well. The brewery is unusual in focusing entirely on premium Junmai Daiginjo sake. Top-grade Yamada Nishiki rice is sourced from contracted farms in nine different prefectures. Dassai was the first sake to be made with a centrifuge in place of a conventional press, to achieve extra smoothness and cleaner flavors....
Price: $34.99

Kuro Kabuto "Samurai Warrior's Black Armor Helmet" Junmai Daiginjo Sake (720ml)
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One immediately notices the darker color due to the Black Koji Kin they use to make this Kojimai. There's a musky, rich flavor and it's very yeasty with a good amount of floral aroma signifying the Daiginjo. There's a strong attack, strong body, and a solid finish. There's a strong presence of tart green apples and pears. This is a very unique sake.
Price: $26.99

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Subtle, nuanced and light, the first sips open with citrusy yuzu peel and a mild floral note reminiscent of sakura flower, which lingers effortlessly into the finish. Tea botanicals sencha and gyokuro add a grounding, earthy element wrapping up with a flicker of ginger heat. *Best Buy* (KN)" (08/2019) K&L Notes: Spirits critic George Koutsakis writes: "On the nose, the initial burst of yuzu is followed closely by buttery pastries and walnuts. Roku eases smoothly on to the palate delivering abundant citrus, butter, toffee, an...
Price: $29.99

Junmai Ginjo is the second-highest grade of sake, the rice-based alcoholic beverage that has become a strong symbol of Japanese culture. To qualify for this prestigious title a sake must be made with rice polished (to remove bran and improve taste) to below 60 percent of its original weight, and must not be fortified with distilled alcohol. Producer Note: "This is a light and comfortably dry premium Sake with the aroma of fresh cantaloupe and banana followed by medium body bringing refreshing Mandarin orange like overtones. With just the right amount of...
Price: $9.99

Isojiman Junmai Ginjo Sake (720ml) (Previously $55) (Previously $55)
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Isojiman has taken great care in sourcing the very best sake rice available for over 30 years, back at a time when that was not a priority for most of the industry. Rice farmers have remained loyal to the brewery as well, often sending their best harvests to the brewery. The Isojiman Junmai Ginjo shows remarkably bright tropical fruit with notes of apricot and pear, all made possible by AAA rated Yamada Nishiki rice from Hyogo Prefecture, milled to 55%. Easily one of the best producers in Japan, which boasts a cult like following there. Few producers con...
Price: $39.99

Masumi Nanago "Seventh Heaven" Yamahai Junmai Daiginjo 720ml
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The legendary Masumi Brewery in Nagano is widely considered one of the finest Sake operations in Japan. Founded in 1662 in the town of Suwa, the brewery committed to perfection and extreme attention to detail without giving up tradition. Their famous President Masaru Miyasaka and his prodigy brew master Chisato Kubota became famous for traveling across Japan like Buddhist monks in search of knowledge and truth in Sake production. Indeed, Kubota is responsible for discovering a new and highly prized yeast strain in 1946, forever cementing Masumi Brewery's...
Price: $59.99

Tozai "Snow Maiden" Tokubetso Junmai Nigori Sake 720ml (Unfiltered)
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This is a fairly thick and chewy "nigorizake" (cloudy sake), but it is still surprisingly dry. The aromas are bright and fresh and they show a lovely ricey and fruity combination. In the mouth, this sake has solid weight and gives the same flavors of fresh fruit and creamy fresh rice that your nose told you about. The finish has a pleasant astringency and is nicely mellow, beckoning you for another mouthful. You will rarely taste a classier nigori at this price. This maybe the ultimate food-friendly nigori.
Price: $15.99

Suntory Toki Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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Wine & Spirits: "While it may seem that our world is suddenly awash in Japanese single malts, the fact is that we’re already in a shortage. Last year, as demand continued to build for its limited stocks, Suntory took the age statement off its Hibiki, suggesting less of the precious older stocks were being used. This year, they’ve introduced Toki, a welcome addition to the portfolio. Whereas Hibiki is a burnished, complex sipper, Suntory’s latest release, Toki, is a light, bright, perky spirit with a surprising punch of flavor—apple, citrus and honey note...
Price: $34.99

Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu Komagatake "Yakushima Aged Limited Edition 2020" Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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The history of the excellent Mars Distillery is long and complicated. The special stills that now sit at the high altitude distillery near Nagano were hand built to the specifications of the preeminent grandfather of Japanese Whisky, Masataka Taketsuru. In the 1950s, Taketsuru-san's mentor Iwai Kiichiro, who had commissioned his famed voyage to Scotland, designed and built two pot stills for Hombo Shuzo in Yamanashi using Takesturu's original specifications. The stills were moved to Kagoshima not long after production started and eventually moved again t...
Price: $299.99

This is the anti-Daiginjo, Junmai Daiginjo! Unfiltered and undiluted, a bold ricey style that highlights the quality of the base ingredients. The Hatsumomiji brewery is one of Yamaguchi prefecture is one of Japan's smallest. Only 4 employees, including the Toji Yasuhiro Harada, 3 of which are women and two of which graduated from the local high school's sake program. Harada-san is devoted to making his unique style and has found success throughout Japan. Unfortunately the tight quarters have prevented expansion and the result is the need to refrigerate t...
Price: $44.99

Uchigasaki Brewing Company was founded in 1661, and its Hoyo label has been in continuous production for over 350 years. Using almost entirely traditional tools and techniques, the tiny 6 person crew works tirelessly during the winter months producers a number of different marks focused on the local market. Only a tiny part of the production is designated for export and the entire line up is extremely reasonably priced compared to the obvious quality. The house style at Hoyo is delicate, smooth and balanced. This is especially so in the case of labels ma...
Price: $24.99

Kikusui has been run by the Takasawa family for five generations. They are committed to producing the highest quality sake at an affordable price. From the producer: "This is a light and comfortably dry premium Sake with the aroma of fresh cantaloupe and banana followed by a medium body bringing refreshing Mandarin orange-like overtones. With just the right amount of body and a comfortable dryness it enhances any dish you eat. This is a great white wine alternative that is perfect for Sake lovers and beginners alike."
Price: $24.99

Tedorigawa "Silver Mountain" Yamahai Junmai Sake 720ml
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This is a connoisseur's junmai sake, dry, sharp and smooth all in one. Its mild astringency, characteristic of sakes made using the old yamahai method, is balanced by a faintly discernible sweetness
Price: $29.99

Hakkaisan Yukimuro Junmai Gingo Sake (720ml)
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This beautiful Junmai Ginjo is aged for a minimum of 3 years in Hakkai Brewery’s snow-storage room, called the Yukimuro. The flavor is initially subdued, before it unfolds into the rich and solid sake that it is. While nestled comfortably in tanks chilled by literal tons of pure white snow, it develops into a round and smooth sake with a subtle and fine aroma and a mellow, dry finish.
Price: $54.99

Located in the town of Akashi, near the famed city of Kobe in Japan, White Oak distillery has been in operation since 1919; although very few Americans are familiar with the whisky. Owned by Eigashima, it is actually the oldest operating distillery in Japan, having received its license four years before Yamazaki produced any whisky, despite the fact that it would be another forty years before they actually used it. The single malt whisky has no age statement, but has plenty of rich malty flavor and a supple fruited character that should please fans of th...
Price: $249.99

Ginga Shizuku "Divine Droplets" Junmai Daiginjo Sake (720ml)
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94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very pale yellow. Complex nose offers saline, herbal and spicy notes, with a minty coolness. Wonderfully subtle, complex and precise, with a distinctly ethereal quality, high-pitched minerality and superb lift. Finishes very dry and persistent, with lovely lift. This is made inside an igloo in Hokkaido, in Japan's extreme north, where below-freezing temperature prevents unwanted bacteria from surviving, thus ensuring a very pure sake. The clear sake is separated from the fermenting rice lees by putti...
Price: $67.99

The 500 Mangoku varietal of rice is difficult to use but when handled properly can be devastatingly intriguing. Light bodied but full flavored, this Junmai sake is fresh, but has the power and complexity to pair with complex foods. It does especially well warm (not hot, but warm) with rich shellfish like lobster, but can go with grilled proteins if served chilled.
Price: $29.99

Suntory is the biggest name in Japanese whiskey, playing a pivotal, some might say definitive, role in establishing the category as a global market phenomenon. Indeed, many of the most sought-after, benchmark labels are distilled and bottled under the Suntory banner. So, it was only a matter of time before they threw their hat into the clear spirits game. Enter Haku, an ultra-premium vodka distilled from the finest white rice. From the producer: "HAKU Vodka, brought to life by the House of Suntory, is a Japanese premium craft vodka made from 100 percent ...
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The Kuji Shuzo was established in 1902. The Kuji family made Soy Sauve in Ichinohe, in Ninohe City, Iwate. The Iwate area used to be called Nanbu (South), and is a agriculturally rich and abundant water. Sueta Kuji was the first to begin brewing sake, a 7.5kg batch, using the technology developed in the soy sauce trade. In the post-war era, the local brewers focused on inexpensive sweet sake, but Hideo Kuji, the third generation brewer was determined to make a quality sake. It was actually the tax collector in Ninohe City who dubbed the sake Nanbu Bijin ...
Price: $34.99

Wakatake Onikoroshi "Demon Slayer" Junmai Daiginjo Sake (720 ml)
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Fresh, crisp, clean, and delicious! This is the Demon Slayer style--ultra dry sugar levels, but it remains absolutely balanced and without a sharp bite. While this wonderful dry style does well served cold, you can definitely serve it at room temperature to exhibit more intense aromatics. An absolute joy to drink and easily at the top of my list for recommending to both sake experts and newcomers alike.
Price: $43.99

Hombo Shuzo Mars Tsunuki "The First" Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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Hombo Shuzo has quietly been revolutionizing their Single Malt offerings over the last several years. This is the first from their release from their new distillery at the southern tip of Kyushu. Located 50 kilometers south of Kagoshima, in the same town where Hombo Shuzo was born. The goal of the distillery was not to increase production, but to allow for diversity of spirit through experimentation in a new terroir. The new distillery is in a starkly different climate than Mars Shinshu in Nagano. Both have access to excellent quality water, but the Tsun...
Price: $269.99

Kaiyo "K&L Exclusive" Cask #541 Cask Strength Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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Like so many Japanese whiskies that have come to the market in recent years, Kaiyo remains an enigma. It tastes delicious, there is a tantalizing background story to the brand, but the level of detail a whisky geek desires always seem in short supply. No matter. Ultimately, when the price is right and the whisky tastes great, we are here to pull the trigger. The two casks are similar in their story but very different in the final profile. Both are Japanese in origin, presumably teaspooned malt from the same source. They were placed into Mizunara oak for ...
Price: $99.99

Nagurayama Brewing Company is located in the Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture, from antiquity a major brewing center, and has produced ginjo sake since 1973. Fukushima is one of Japan’s most bountiful regions, blessed with mountains, streams and rich farmlands. Nagurayama’s ginjo sakes reflect this abundance, with aromatic sakes whose most noticeable characteristics are their delicate sweetness and smooth drinkability. Master's touch is the perfect example of the aromatic sakes for which Fukushima is famed. Distinctly sweet at first sip, clean and smo...
Price: $36.99

The limited release "Hiyaoroshi" is the fall seasonal offering from the exceptional Masumi brewery. Hiyaoroshi is one of the most exciting and unique offerings from the special Nagano producer. Pressed in winter and stored in cold conditions until the following fall, it marries unparalleled balance with an exquisite patina of complex fall flavors. The wonderful acidity, balanced sweet savory bouquet and great texture keep this aged nama fresh and awesomely complex. It's never funky or earthy like other aged unpasteurized offerings and unlike most nama th...
Price: $39.99

This year, Shinobu 15 Year Whisky has been honored with the 100-Point Century Award from the 2020 PR%F Awards Tasting Competition! It has been recognized with a unanimous perfect score by the entire panel of judges.
Price: $179.99

The soft water of Fukui, combined with the robust Kokuryu brewing process, produces a sake that is well- rounded, gently aromatic and surprisingly incisive. This is a classic daiginjo sake, first introduced in 1975. Ultra rare and impossible to get even in Japan, this sake is typically exclusively reserved for the top restaurant accounts and rearely seen for sale on retail shelves.
Price: $89.99

This is truly old school brewery from Gifu prefecture was founded in 1868. They like to say "Nothing has changed from the beginning." One of the smallest breweries in Japan, they're making only a few thousand bottles a year and most of it is sold locally in large format. This is their "small size" - a still hefty 900ml. Without access to modern technology, the entire process is extremely labor intensive and slow. The locally procured rice is milled in-house, a practice which normally would never happen in a brewery this small. Yamada Shoten use a locally...
Price: $29.99

A high quality sake backed by 330 years of tradition...Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island,has the ideal climate and water conditions needed to make superior sake. Otokoyama brews high quality sake on the island.
Price: $24.99

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This was aged in Japan’s rare Mizunara oak for the entirety of its maturation, which includes three-month ocean maturation. Look for a tawny hue and orange peel and spice aromas. The light palate opens with charred oak, burnt orange peel and clove. Adding water brings out more honey, cayenne and cinnamon, plus distant campfire smoke. (KN)" (03/2021) 90 points Whisky Advocate: "Fully matured in mizunara oak on land and sea, this has tangy orange, ground ginger, fennel seed, cedar, and incense, though it seems a little more ti...
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From the importer: "From one of Japan's smallest breweries, this Daiginjo is made with Japan's highest quality rice and local Fushimi mizu, the soft, pure water from Japan's Eastern Mountains. Highly-respected rice farmer Masayasu Tanaka carefully works the naturally fertilized soils of his farm in eastern Tottori prefecture to grow some of Japan's best quality Yamada Nishiki, considered the pinnacle of premium sake rice...The aromas of anise, banana, and a hint of sweet rice are quite complex. These same flavors come rushing through the full-bodied pala...
Price: $38.99

Just three ingredients in this delicious new sparkling soda. Fresh ume juice, cane sugar and sparkling water. The water is some of Japan's finest from Aichi prefecture. Hand picked Ume. The cane sugar is organic. Nothing more nothing less. The Kimino brand follows the "Kanso Philosphy" removing anything that is not absolutely necessary. The goal is to bring more sustainable, healthier seasonal Japanese flavors to the world.
Price: $3.49

The new label from the famous brewery responsible for the excellent Tedorigawa brand. This is a very unusual Yamahai Junmai Ginjo at low proof. A very special and rare treat indeed!
Price: $34.99

Yawaraka’s mild 12% alcohol content makes it an easy-going companion to whatever emerges from the kitchen. Please do not agonize over food pairings with this sake. Yawaraka is more like a family friend, welcome at the table, always agreeable, good company glass after glass. This charming junmai, with its faint taste of wild plum, represents a new direction for Japanese brewers. It is smooth and gentle, with sweetness and acidity in finely etched balance. Ideal for lunchtime sake-sipping.
Price: $22.99

The tiny Hatsumomiji brewery in Shushan-shi is one of Yamaguchi prefectures most interesting. The owner's hired Harada San in order to turn the brewery's business around. He's known to have an incredible palate and developed a number of new marks designed to highlight the delicacy of the ingredients and not hide them. His namesake brand, Harada, was made popular by this low-polish Junmai which despite utilizing the bold Yamadanishiki varietal offers subtle fruit and a lifted structure. The brewery only has four employees and is kept refrigerated to mimic...
Price: $27.99

The legendary Masumi Brewery in Nagano is widely considered one of the finest Sake operations in Japan. Founded in 1662 in the town of Suwa, the brewery committed to perfection and extreme attention to detail without giving up tradition. Their famous President Masaru Miyasaka and his prodigy brew master Chisato Kubota became famous for traveling across Japan like Buddhist monks in search of knowledge and truth in Sake production. Indeed, Kubota is responsible for discovering a new and highly prized yeast strain in 1946, forever cementing Masumi Brewery's...
Price: $13.99

The Kukurhime, named for the Goddess of Hakusan Mountain where the water for this special sake is sourced, represents the rarest and most premium offering from the famous Kikuhime brewery. Aged for an incredible 10 years at low temperature, the sake is still brimming with vibrancy and tension. It will offer unprecedented complexity and depth while remaining lifted and bright beyond words. This sake can easily age for another decade or two before reaching peak maturity. Only 10 bottles available.
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