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94 points Whisky Advocate: "Notably balanced and elegant, the colorful palette of whiskies combines for tremendous depth of flavor. Soft, sweet butterscotch and orange peel meet poached pears and stone fruits. Earthiness appears as dried autumn leaves, coffee, old oak, and tobacco. Among the tangle of spices, tasters identified chili pepper, allspice, cloves, and universally adored its ginger note. Finally, wisps of smoke and sea salt. Overall, it feels generously malty, with the grain whisky lending broad sweetness and supple mouthfeel across the long f...
Price: $74.99
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Nikka Coffey Still Japanese Grain Whisky (750ml)
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92 points Whisky Advocate: "Sweet, with subtle, crisp, nutty oak, then comes fudge, ripe banana, and peach. The overall effect is like eating vanilla ice cream with toffee fudge and hazelnut sprinkles. The structure is thick and physical, the palate sweet and quite fat, with light hints of raspberry, fruit salad. A jag of acidity freshens the delivery on the finish. With water there’s more toffee, and it becomes slightly more yielding, with less oak. For me the gold standard of grain. (DB, Fall 2015)" 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The name of this whisky ...
Price: $74.99

Nikka "Yoichi" Japanese Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This elegant single malt from Nikka bears a dark, vibrant gold color, with smoke and caramel aromas. On the palate, look for well-balanced notes of citrus peel, cedar and oak, and a gentle waft of smoke. An astringent sensation on the finish sets the mouth watering, leading to a full-bodied, almost oily texture. Recommended for sipping neat. (KN)" (02/2013) 92 points Whisky Advocate: "Yoichi age statements are gone for now, but if the whisky stays this good, I can live with that. Black earthy peat, smoldering fires, a turned...
Price: $89.99

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

Kirin Fuji Japanese Single Grain Whisky (750ml)
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Produced by the Japanese brewing giant, Kirin, in the Fuji Gotemba distillery situated on the Southeastern side of Mt. Fuji, this single grain whisky is Kirin's entry into the US Whisky market. The distillery houses an unusual still setup. They have pot stills in addition to a column/doubler setup similar to what you'd see in Kentucky allowing them to produce a wide range of styles in one facility. By having multiple types of distillate at their disposal, the facility can produce a complex single grain. The end result is a grain whisky that offers a wide...
Price: $94.99

The Tedorigawa brewery is renowned for its finesses, despite the local Noto Toji which emphasizes power and richness. Tedorigawa stands apart from its neighbors in the region offering a full flavored style without the density and forward rice-y quality that so many other in Ishikawa are accustomed to offering. The balance between their elegant Kanazawa yeast and their traditional Yamahai style of fermentation results in spectacular balance and complexity while not sacrificing on character. The "Kinka" is one of their most approachable and appealing offer...
Price: $39.99

Just three ingredients in this delicious new sparkling soda. Fresh yuzu juice, cane sugar and sparkling water. Crisp clean and perfect for mixing drinks, the yuzu provides the perfect balance between sweet and sour. The yuzus are ethically farmed and purchased directly from independent farmers providing much needed assistance to the shrinking Japanese agricultural sector. The water is some of Japan's finest from Aichi prefecture. The cane sugar is organic. Nothing more nothing less. The Kimino brand follows the "Kanso Philosphy" removing anything that is...
Price: $3.99

One of our most popular sakes is finally back in stock after a prolonged absence! Founded in 1874, Tenju Shuzo is a tightly knit, family-owned brewery enjoying its sixth generation of sake production. To ensure the quality of their product, the brew masters at Tenju use only naturally filtered, soft water from nearby Mt. Chokai and rice grown by exclusively commissioned local farmers. A unique yeast derived from flowers gives this exceptionally elegant sake a pronounced floral bouquet. Tones of licorice and fresh herbs, coupled with a hint of asian pear,...
Price: $49.99

Akabu Shuzo is led by the young and talented Master Brewer Ryunosuke Furudate. This 6th generation brewer is driven by passion and pours his heart and soul into every batch. Founded in 1896, the brewery is firmly rooted in tradition but committed to evolving brewing techinque and striving for the highest possible quality. The original brewery was devasted by the 2011 Tohoku and suffered complete destruction. A new distillery was built in 2013 Morioka City and in 2014 the new era of Akabu was born, quickly winning gold at the Annual Japanese Sake competit...
Price: $39.99

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

Nikka "Miyagikyo" Japanese Single Malt Whisky (750ml)
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Nikka's Miyagikyo distillery is back on the market with a fantastic new offering that doesn't disclose the age, but has no problem disclosing serious flavor. The sherry integration of the whisky is utterly marvelous. It's clearly marked by classic notes of fudge, fruitcake, and toffee, but all three profiles are so harmonious and fluid that it's difficult to hold on to them for more than a second. Nikka's whiskies are always delicate and feminine in style, and this malt is no different. The beauty is what stuns you, rather than the power or the concentra...
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The ultra well regarded Nagayam Honke Brewery in Yamaguchi prefecture has become one of the hottest brands in Japan. Toji Takashiro Nagayama took over as 4th generation President of the venerated and very traditional brewery in 2001, but Takashiro san isn't satisfied to rest on his laurels. Before taking over as Master Brewer, Takashiro san spent years making and falling in love with the wines of Burgundy. He worked with Philippe Pacalet and has a particular proclivity for Chablis. It is from this esthetic, an ideal of terroir, from which he creates his ...
Price: $32.99

Akita Komachi, polished to 67%. Undiluted and unpasteurized, this bold sake has intense yeasty aromas with strong notes of mushroom. Its robust flavors allow it to pair with heartier foods, such as steak and barbecued meats. It can also be poured as an after-dinner sake. Every bottle of Naba Shoten sake is brewed exclusively with locally grown rice, a special brand of yeast, and waters from nearby Omono River to produce sake that captures the authentic characteristics of Akita. In appreciation of the local fishermen who have long loved their sakes, the b...
Price: $38.99

Kikusui Junmai Ginjo Sake (300ml)
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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

Nestled into Oregon Wine Country in Forest Grove, the SakéOne Kura taps into some of the country’s best water with each premium craft brew it produces. SakéOne is America’s first commercially successful craft saké brewer and complements its own premium products with a growing portfolio of fine Japanese imports. Diamond is a medium-dry and crisp sake with a balance of soft water notes and fall flavors of apple and pear. Melon, and mild anise on the nose.
Price: $16.99

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...
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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

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 little town, Echigo Yuzawa in the Chubu region of Niigata prefecture is famous it's heavy snowpack and relaxing hot springs. The purity of their sake is attributed to the prestine waters running off the these white capped mountains. It was here in 1855, that Tosuke Minatoya founded the Shirataki brewery on the Mikuni Road, an important road connecting Niigata prefecture and Tokyo. It quickly became a favorite stop for travellers making the long trek across the mountainous pass. The name of “Jozen Mizunogotoshi” comes from Chinese philosopher Lat-tze....
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Flagship sake from the Konoshita Brewery. Brewery notes: "The most popular Tamagawa in the daiginjo range, and the first of our products ever to go overseas, chosen when it won double Gold Medals domestically and overseas in 2007. With a silky viscosity on the palate and rich aromatics, it is a full-flavored presence in the daiginjo class and an excellent food sake."
Price: $49.99

The new blend from Nikka replaces the old "Black Label," but continues to offer excellent quality. A blend of malt whiskies from Yoichi and Miyagikyo (and perhaps elsewhere), the new label does nothing to diminish the quality. This refinement of the original blend relies more heavily on the coal fired pot stills at Yoicihi than the gas fired stills at Miyagikyo. There's an additional sherry element and a slightly reduced peated element. The blend remains extremely polished and satisfying offering a wide array of complex malt flavors. The age, while not i...
Price: $79.99

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.
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Watari Bune is an "heirloom" rice strain, meaning it has never been crossed with another variety. It is also one of the parent strains to Yamada Nishiki, the most celebrated sake rice. Watari Bune had gone out of use for fifty years until this brewery revived it in 1988 with 14 grams of seeds. By 1996, they won a gold medal at Japan's National Sake Competition, and another in 1998. This is a deep, nutty, earthy, and complex sake with balancing notes of tropical pineapple and honeydew melon. One of the best pairings for umami-rich foods like pate or monkf...
Price: $18.99
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Akitabare is a very old fashioned brewery. Virtually nothing has changed here in 100 years, including the wooden tubs used for rice soaking and steaming. Meticulously hand crafted, they have shunned many of the technical innovations in sake production in favor of retaining the highest possible quality. This is a particularly subtle sake, very bright and clean, but not overt in its flavors. This is the kind of Junmai you could sit with for hours. It pairs incredibly well with simple seafood or vegetable preperations. Mild and dry, made from Gin no Sei ric...
Price: $29.99

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The name of this whisky has nothing to do with coffee—rather, it's named for a type of still invented by Aneas Coffey, which is used to make this golden spirit. It offers mild vanilla-pear aromatics and is relatively light and silky on the palate. Look for a light vanilla sweetness at first, which gives way to a rounded dark chocolate note and baking spice finish. Recommended for highballs and other mixed drinks. " (03/2016) Whisky Advocate: "Now a hugely welcome part of the core range, this whisky—made in Coffey stills at t...
Price: $84.99

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...
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The incredible Dewazakura brewery is one of Yamagata prefecture's finest and most inventive brewers. This is their top of the line offering featuring 35% polish and +3 on the Sake Meter. Acidity registers at 1.2. After a long slow fermentation, this special Sake is aged for 5 years before bottling. The result is an ultra rich, dense body, yet without oxidized flavors or funkiness at all. Exotic floral and fruit notes explode from the glass along with the wonderful deep texture. The power and complexity means that this wonderful sake can be enjoyed with s...
Price: $109.99

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
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The little town, Echigo Yuzawa in the Chubu region of Niigata prefecture is famous it's heavy snowpack and relaxing hot springs. The purity of their sake is attributed to the prestine waters running off the these white capped mountains. It was here in 1855, that Tosuke Minatoya founded the Shirataki brewery on the Mikuni Road, an important road connecting Niigata prefecture and Tokyo. It quickly became a favorite stop for travellers making the long trek across the mountainous pass. The name of “Jozen Mizunogotoshi” comes from Chinese philosopher Lat-tze....
Price: $42.99

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

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

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: ""Very pale, green-tinged color. High-pitched aromas of lime, pear, mint and lichee, with a pronounced suggestion of raw oyster. Pure, suave and laid-back, with rich but subtle flavors of nectarine, spice, thyme and pepper, and a hint of tropical fruits. A spherical, rather fleshy saké with creamy suggestions of butter and macadamia nut. As round as this is, it also communicates a light touch. The fresh finish boasts excellent lift. Try this with spicier foods."" K&L Notes: The ultimate luxury sake! ...
Price: $120.00

From the producer: “ 'If we make good sake, people will support it.' That’s been our motto since Kokuryu was founded in 1804 in the mountains of Fukui. It’s an ancient land, nestled between snowy peaks and the Sea of Japan, not far from the main Soto Zen temple Eihei-ji. From a long tradition of sake brewing, Kokuryu today stands as one of the region’s few survivors. We grow our own rice. We seek out special yeasts. And we strive for the best in brewing and maturation, hand-crafting only the highest-caliber sakes in small batches. Pure water is vital t...
Price: $39.99

Made from Dewasansan rice, a descendant of the iconic Omachi strain, this Junmai Ginjo is a lovely grassy, floral, and sweetly fruited sake. The rice is exclusively grown in Yamagata and ehlped to pave hte way for teh region to receive the first Geographical Indication in all of Japan. Delicate, but not shy, this sake is very accessible and easy to apprecaite. Polished to 55%.
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Hakkaisan Snow Aged 3 years Junmai Daiginjo (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

Wine Enthusiast: "This rich, floral sake softens the sharpness of this ash-ripened, salty goat cheese from Vermont. It’s made in Hiroshima by one of the few female sake masters, or toji, in Japan." K&L Notes: Yamada Nishiki and Hatta Nishiki polished to 55%. The very soft water in this region results in a sake with an extremely floral nose and a soft, very fruity style. This is bottled without charcoal filtering, to allow more of the natural aromatics to make it into the bottle. And the flowers and fruits in the nose show you why they chose to do this....
Price: $36.99

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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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 that it focuses 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 fl...
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The Tajima Brewery specializes in the traditional yamahai method of starter production. This insanely labor intensive method is time consuming and difficult but gives a complex and layered flavor profile. While this style can often be super robust and a tad funky, the Old Virtue from Fuku Chitose is nuanced and elegant with flavors ranging from banana, lychee, toffee to a slightly lactic creamy note. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.
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