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Chokaisan Junmai Daiginjo Sake (720ml)

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, make this a perfect example of everything Junmai Daiginjo has to offer. Serve as ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City

Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

Ginga Shizuku "Divine Droplets" Junmai Daiginjo Sake (720ml)

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 ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $64.99 Add To Cart
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Tedorigawa Iki Na Onna "Lady Luck" Daiginjo Sake 720ml

This sake was made specially for the organization of Women Sake sellers in Japan by Yoshida Brewery. Its name can be translated as Lady Luck, Lucky Lady, or Frisky Lady. The importer describes it as: "Trim and saucy, with a caress of wild honey." Our notes: The rich and impressive mid-palate on this sake is followed by a long finish. As 60% of the rice grain has been polished away, only the pure starch kernel of the Miyamanishiki rice is left for the brewing. This is really a very lovely sake, with nice finish, a bit of spice and gentle acidity at t ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $42.99 Add To Cart

Nakamura Nichiei "Glory of the Sun" Junmai Daiginjo Sake (720ml)

Situated near the base of the great Mount Hakusan in Ishikawa Prefecture, Nakamura Brewery was established in the early 1800s during the samurai heyday in culture-rich Kanazawa. Nakamura Brewery focuses on utilizing Noto region cultivated Yamada Nishiki and Gohyakumangoku sake rice. There commitment to quality is evident in the gorgeous Daiginjo they produce. This super dry and ultra textured daiginjo isn't as simple as some of its competitors but retains the exquisite elegance that the style is known for. Pungent aromas of ripe mellon, pear orchards an ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $89.99 Add To Cart

Eiko Fuji Ban Ryu "Ten Thousands Ways" Honjozo Sake 720ml Back In Stock!
Eiko Fuji Ban Ryu "Ten Thousands Ways" 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

Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

Shirataki Uonoma Noujun Junmai Sake (720ml)

Founded in 1855 in Niigata Prefecture, Shirataki Shuzo takes advantage of the pristine water sources around Echigo Yuzawa town. These waters are the result of abundant melting winters snows that then filter through a coal vein underneath the mountain on their way into the valley where the brewery is located. This is the foundation of Shirataki's artisinal sake. Uonoma Noujun is made from rice polished to 80% of its weight, and the resulting brew is aged for two years to develop a rich, savory flavor profile.


Inventory: Hollywood San Francisco

Price: $32.99 Add To Cart

Akashi-Tai Junmai Tokubetsu Sake (300ml)

100% Yamadanishiki rice grown in Hyogo Prefecture polished until only 60% of the grain is left. Full bodied flavor profile, floral aromatics, clean and well structured.


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

Akashi-Tai Honjozo Genshu Tokubetsu Sake (300ml)

Undiluted sake, fuller and more concentrated. Creamy texture, with hints of citrus, with a long, lingering finish. 60% milled rice.


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

Dewazakura "Mountain Cherry" Daiginjo Sake 720ml

Dewazakura was the first to introduce the ginjo style of sake designed to be drunk cold, almost 30 years ago. The rice varietal here is Yamadanishiki polished to 40%. The acidity level is 1.2 and rates a +6.0 on the Sake Meter. We recommend keeping it refrigerated for freshness. Ultra clean, yet building aromatic layers with subtle stone fruit and hints of yellow flowers. This has great complexity, with a long and lovely finish, a medium to rich mid-palate and very fine finish.


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $64.99 Add To Cart

Dewazakura Yukimanman "Snow Country" Daiginjo Sake 720ml

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 so ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

Seikyo Takehara "Mirror Of Truth" Junmai (720ml)

Brewed with Omachi rice polished to 55%, this junmai sake is characterized by a deeply rich and soft taste, as well as a crisp finish. Omachi rice was discovered more than 150 years ago and is the oldest existing pure (i.e. not cross-bred) rice variety in Japan. Bright and lively, this sake shows notes of ripe watermelon, mango, and citrus in the finish. It is well balanced with a rounded flavor and clean acidity.


Inventory: Hollywood San Francisco

Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

Rihaku "Dreamy Clouds" Tokubetsu Junmai Nigori Sake (Unfiltered) (720ml)

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

Price: $30.99 Add To Cart

JoTo Huchu Watari Bune Ferry Boat "55" Ibaraki Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml

Watari Bune is an "heirloom" rice strain, meaning it has never been intercrossed with another varietal. 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 1989 with 14 grams of seeds. By 1996, they won a gold medal at Japan's National Sake Competition, and another in 1998. This is deep nutty earthy and complex sake with a balancing tropical pineapple and honeydew melon to balance. One of the best pairings for umami rich foods like pate or ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $42.99 Add To Cart
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Akashi-Tai Junmai Daigingo Genshu Sake (300ml)

Made using the highly sought Yamadanishiki rice - milled until only 38% of the grain remains - grown in a district of Hyogo. Gorgeous melon, citrus, and sage aromatics fill the room. Bitter orange, minerality, and fresh cut grass are abundant on the long lasting finish.


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $32.99 Add To Cart

Matsui Shuzoten Matsuno Kotobuki Ginjo Sake (720ml)

Gohyakumangoku rice polished to 55%. This beautifully balanced, Honjozo style sake, is clean and refreshing with a nose reminiscent of pine needles, lychee, wintergreen and dried pear. Slightly off dry on the palate and full of eucalyptus, cucumber and mineral notes, the added alcohol makes for a clean dry finish.


Inventory: Hollywood San Francisco

Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Koshi No Iso Muroka Genshu Junmai Ginjo Sake (720ml)

Koshi No Iso Brewery was founded in 1909 along the ocean coast of Echizen in Fukui Prefecture. Post-War the brewery was relocated approximately 30km inland. Founded in an area bountiful with seafood from the Sea of Japan, much of Koshi No Iso’s style reflects the terroir of the coastal village. This tiny brewery is truly a family operation, which focuses on small batch production and only makes non-fortified pure rice sake. Muroka genshu is not charcoal filtered and has no water added before bottling. It is typically only available to brewery staff and ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $34.99 Add To Cart


Kiku-Masamune Kimoto Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml

Made with yamada-nishiki rice polished to 60%. Utilizes the Kimoto production method, the traditional way to create the fermentation starter. In this method, steamed rice is beaten with poles or stomped on (akin to grape stomping in wine) in order to create acidic rice paste. This is an environment in which only the most vigorous yeast can survive. Sake fermented with a kimoto starter has a robust, deep and broad flavor with few impurities. Kimoto sake's bolder flavor profile lends itself well to food pairings, especially rich, oily dishes that more deli ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $18.99 Add To Cart

Masumi "Hiyaoroshi" Junmai Ginjo Nama Sake 720ml

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 ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Wakatake Onikoroshi "Demon Slayer" Junmai Daiginjo Sake (720 ml)

Fresh, crisp, clean, and delicious! This is the Demon Slayer style so ultra dry sugar levels, but it remains absolutely balanced and without a sharp bite. While this wonderful dry style does wonderfully served cold, you can absolutely 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.


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $43.99 Add To Cart

Yuki No Bosha "Limited Release" Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml

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: Hollywood

Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Bunraku Nihonjin No Wasuremono "The Forgotten Spirit" Yamahai Junmai Sake (300ml)

Bunraku brewery was founded in 1894 by Kamekichi Kitanishi upon discovering the distinctly hard water of the Arakawa River. Inspired by the trinity comprised of the chanter, puppeteer and shamisen player in traditional Japanese Puppet Theater, Bunraku’s closely guarded recipes and time-honored methods of sake production focus on sake’s sacred trinity of ingredients: rice, water and koji. Their Yamahai utilizes traditional methods to harness the depth and complexity of the natural microbiom of the Kanto region. Crystal clear vibrant and full of aromatic ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

Taka "Noble Arrow" Tokubetsu Junmai Sake 720ml

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 ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $32.99 Add To Cart

Akashi-Tai Honjozo Tokubetsu Sake (300ml)

Traditional sake using 60% milled rice. Lighter in style than other sake's, this is crisp, dry and easy drinking. Beautiful nose of meyer lemon, lime, and hay.


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

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Tensei Kanagawa "Song of the Sea" Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml

This sake is made with yeast that is obtained directly from the brewer that discovered it, rather than through the usual distribution channels. Yeast #9 makes the sake a bit more lively and intense. Song of the Sea is an ode to the brewery’s seaside location in Kanagawa. Fun fact: The Great Wave of Kanagawa, the most recognized work of Japanese woodblock art in the world, was created in this prefecture. This junmai ginjo displays supreme balance between aromas and flavors. A medley of apple, banana, and melon lead the aromas and carry through on the pala ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

Dassai Junmai Daiginjo Nigori Sake (300ml)

Possibly the sexiest Nigori we have ever tasted. You don't usually see Nigori at a Ginjo level! This is sleek and delightfully light. There is a touch of carbonation which helps lift the sweetness of the rice. Great fruity notes and a very clean style for a creamy sake. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)


Inventory: Hollywood San Francisco

Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

Yuho Ishikawa "Eternal Embers" Junmai 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 Redwood City

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Shuzo Gunma Izumi Honjozo Sake (720ml)

Polished to 60%. This is a classic, delicious Honjozo with crimini mushroom, almonds and lilac on the nose. The first sip of this sake is full of stone fruit and pure minerality followed by notes of caramel, cocoa and almond and finishes with plenty of umami. Unique to this sake, and something the brewer is now famous for in Japan, is blending sakes that are 1-3 years old, to create this incredible, harmonious sake.


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $23.99 Add To Cart

Inoue Seikichi Sawahime Ginjo Sake (720ml)

Polished to 50%. Notes of fresh cucumber, peach, white grape, fuji apple and bamboo in the nose and lovely minerality. Slightly off dry on the palate, medium to medium plus body, suggesting notes of maraschino cherry, melon and kiwi sorbet, and a slight suggestion of chive. This perfectly balanced sake has richness and acidity and has a long finish.


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Kanbara "Bride of the Fox" Junmai Ginjo Sake (720ml)

Polished to 50 percent, this Junmai Ginjo is made by Kaetsu Shuzo, who uses rice grown on the high plains and pure mountain water of the Niigata Prefecture to brew superior sake, both rich in aroma and clean in taste. Intense aromas of grilled nuts, pistachio, and a hint of warm liquid cocoa. In the mouth, the flavors follow through with nuts and melon as it heads for a crisp finish, and then just a hint of lingering sweetness. It is at once savory and sweet, and has enough power to make it a great match with a wide variety of food pairings. A truly dist ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

Price: $32.99 Add To Cart

Shichi Hon Yari Junmai Sake (720ml)

With 16 generations of history, Tomita Brewery brews using old-school and traditional methods. They use locally grown indigenous Tamazakae rice polished to 60%, and are blessed with natural spring water from the nearby Ibuki mountains, which is perfect for brewing. Every step of the process is done by hand by 1 toji and 3 kurabito, or brewery workers. The sake is layered with abundant flavors and aromas. Fresh, bright and dry, it has notes of ripe tropical fruits, and a luscious smooth texture.


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $27.99 Add To Cart



Kokuryu "Nine Headed Dragon" Junmai Sake 720ml

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.


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

Kikusui Junmai Ginjo Sake (720ml)

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."


Inventory: Hollywood

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Chiyonosono Shuzo "Shared Promise" Junmai Sake (720ml)

Until this sake came along in the 1960’s, all sake had distilled alcohol added to it due to rice shortages and war rationing. After the war, Chiyonosono crafted the first junmai sake (brewed without distilled alcohol nor additives of any kind) and celebrated by sharing it from a large, red lacquered sake cup called a Shuhai. The brewers made a promise to one another to keep up their efforts each year to make high-quality sake from rice alone. Delicate and soft, with a hint of sweetness coddled in layers of umami. Subtle floral notes and orange citrus, wi ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $22.99 Add To Cart

Ama No To "Heaven's Door" Tokubetsu Junmai Sake 720ml

"Go local" is the motto of this Akita-based brewery. All the sake brewing resources and staff are from Akita, which is not so usual as breweries often source the rice and even labor from other prefectures. Ginnosei rice is grown within sight of the brewery. With sweet rice aromas surrounded with floral fresh herb spiciness, this slightly dry, medium-bodied sake has mouthwatering apple flavors with an agreeable earthiness on the mid-palate. Clean and focused on the finish that accentuates its rice-like qualities.


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $28.99 Add To Cart

Wakatake Onikoroshi "Demon Slayer" 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: Hollywood

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Kuro Kabuto "Samurai Warrior's Black Armor Helmet" Junmai Daiginjo Sake 720ml

Importer notes: "You notice immediately the darker color due to the Black Koji Kin they use to make Kojimai. Musky and Rich flavor. Very Yeasty with a good amount of floral aroma signifying a Daiginjo. Strong attack, Strong body and a solid finish. Strong presence of tart green apples and pears. A very unique sake."


Inventory: Hollywood

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Rihaku "Wandering Poet" Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml

Yamada Nishiki rice milled to 55%, this sake is brewed carefully and slowly at low temperatures using traditional brewing techniques and characterized by a well-rounded flavor with a solidness to the flavor and fragrance, and a clean finish.


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $31.99 Add To Cart

Konteki "Tears of Dawn" Daiginjo Sake (720ml)

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 ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

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

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: " *Very Good* Shows flavors of peppered greens, with a ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

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Mantensai "Star Filled Sky" Junmai Ginjo Sake (720ml)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very pale yellow. Assertive aromas of citrus fruits and smoke, with a subtle saline element. Fairly rich and voluminous but with an airy texture. A very suave, mouthfilling example with a lightly sweet impression and very good breadth. 2007" K&L Notes: Made with Yamada Nishiki & Tamakasae rice from the Totturi Prefecture, one of the least populated in Japan. This sake is aged three years in stainless steel tanks before release and uses two times the koji mold when turning the rice starch into sugar. ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City

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Masumi Okuden Kanzukuri "Mirror of Truth" Junmai Sake 300ml

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 ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $13.99 Add To Cart

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

Milled to 55%, this Junmai sake from Tochigi Prefecture is made from Gohyakumangoku rice and 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." (Producer's note)


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $24.99 Add To Cart

Akashi-Tai Shiraume Ginjo Umeshu Plum Liquer (300ml)

A luxurious plum liquer made by preserving plums in the finest Ginjo sake, made from Yamadanishiki rice. After being marinated for 6 months the fruits are removed from the tank then Shiraume Ginjo Umeshu is left to age for another two and a half years. Great as a base for cocktains


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $10.99 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

Kikusui Junmai Ginjo Sake (300ml)

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 ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $10.99 Add To Cart

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