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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 famous Watari Bune Junmai Daiginjo is one of Japan's most beloved sake. The Huchu Homare Brewery in Ikabari prefecture is a national cultural landmark. Founded in 1854 by the Yamauchi family, they named it Huchu Homare or "Pride of Huchu" to celebrate the history of Ishioka and its water. Huchu means capital in this city was once the capital city. The brand Watari Buni, was created by Takaaki Yamauchi, after learning about this once prized and now defunct strain of rice. Popular in the 1920's and 30's, Watari Bune was a late harvesting varietal that ...
Price: $116.99
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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 "Limited Edition 2020" Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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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

90 points Whisky Advocate: "Blended from imported whiskies along with Chichibu, the component whiskies in blue label are at least 10 years old, but often much older. The aromas tease with barley sugar, smoked venison, aromatic pan-roasted spices, peppercorn, and smoked paprika. Pepper and root ginger pummel sweet orange flavors of sherbet and Creamsicle. The citrus sweetness sees off the hefty spices, leaving the mouth awash with creamy orange peel notes and tropical fruits. (JM, Winter 2020)"
Price: $199.99
Limit of 1 per customer

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

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

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

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

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

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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Price: $39.99

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


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

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: $32.99

Mars Shinshu "Tsunuki Aging - The First" Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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A steady presence in Japanese whisky, Mars Shinshu has become a name consumers can rely on. From the importer: "The Hombo family, founder of Mars, began producing shochu in 1909, expanding their portfolio over the years to eventually include their most popular product, whisky. They obtained their whisky license in 1949 with the help of their advisor, Mr. Kiichiro Iwai, an icon in the rise of Japanese whisky. Currently, Mars has two distilleries and an additional aging site. Mars Shinshu, the main distillery, is tucked away at 2,625 ft in the Nagano Alps...
Price: $269.99



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

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

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

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

Nihon Sakari is one of Nada's most important producers. They have a line of excellent nama-genshu, meaning unpasteurized and undiluted. The company motto is "more flavor, more beautiful." *****Nama Sake is unpasteurized and should be refrigerated. Overnight shipping is recommended. No refunds on Nama sake*******
Price: $5.99

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

Humoto saketen was founded in 1897 in what is now the Izuma neighborhood of Tosa City. Kameizumi, meaning turtle's spring, is a reference to the water source from a spring which is part of Niyado river system, which is as not run dry since long before the Edo period, even in periods of extreme drought. This fertile region in Kochi prefecture is on the southern coast of Shikoku Island. At the base of Hage Mountain, the low lying coast plain is covered in rice fields. Kameizumi is dedicated to producing "delicious, enjoyable to drink, and distinctive." Ete...
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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

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

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 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

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

90 points Whisky Advocate: "A unifying blend of 10 year old Chichibu, with select stocks of American, Canadian, Irish, and scotch whiskies matured in Japan, produces a nose of toffee apple, firm caramel, milk chocolate, ground hazelnut, roasted fennel seed, chopped cilantro stalks, green banana, and struck match. Cereal-led palate with Golden Grahams, light fruits of apricot, peach, and melon, base notes of pepper, moving through butterscotch, toffee, maple syrup, and crème caramel. (JM, fall 2020)" K&L Notes: This unusual whisky takes advantage of Jap...
Price: $99.99

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: $29.99

Founded in 1952, Kumesen Syuzo produces a distilled spirit known as Awamori that is made entirely with rice and is unique to the Okinawa islands of Japan. It's typically aged for just a few years and consumed at lower proof, but the distillery began experimenting with higher proof aging in ex-bourbon casks in 1989. The results are stocks of extremely old single grain whisky. The age and the American oak set this whisky apart from most of the other rice whiskies on the market because both create a depth and complexity that are not present in the younger p...
Price: $349.99

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

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.
Price: $699.99

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

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Hombo Shuzo Mars Shinshu Komagatake "Limited Edition 2019" Single Malt Japanese Whisky (750ml)
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91 points Whisky Advocate: "If whisky were a warm hug, this would be it. The sweet nose is rich with a lovely fruitiness of satsuma, Seville orange marmalade, yuzu, and vanilla. This carries a velvety texture rippled with an orange-flavored effervescence; apricot jam, sweet orange, sherbet, fine spices, ground ginger, and hot pepper. If this well-made example is an indication of the Mars Shinshu house style, they are getting a lot of things right. (JM, Fall 2020)" K&L Notes: The history of the excellent Mars Distillery is long and complicated. The spec...
Price: $149.99



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

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

Origarami is an extremely rare style where fine rice particles are left in the sake, leaving it hazy, with a silken texture and subtle sweetness. Not to be confused with nagori, where rice solids are left suspended in the bottle. .A dynamic and exciting sake able to pair beautifully with an unusually broad range of foods, particularly well matched to spicier foods like Szechuan and Thai cuisine. These are some of the few Kikuhime sake's meant to be enjoyed within the year, but aging will soften the citrus edges and integrate into the creamy base.
Price: $149.99

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: $42.99

The Maegaki family started out as rice farmers who became landlords eventually sake brewing at the onset of the modern era in 1910. In 1965, Kamoizumi became one of a pioneering group of ten breweries who committed to junmai sake production at a time when heavy-handedly adding brewers alcohol to maximize profits was typical. Kamoizumi released their first Junmai in 1971 and few have taken a bolder standing on developing a true house style than them. Their sake has an attitude: bold and full-flavored, yet with drinkability that are the hallmarks of techni...
Price: $34.99

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