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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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Price: $69.99

The gorgeous Ginjo Genshu from Kizakura Brewery in Kyoto is brewed from Gohyakumangoku and Gin-Ohmi and polished to 60%. Founded in 1925, Kizakura is committed to the highest quality at every turn. Known for their Yamahai this Ginjo Genshu is a little less serious, but not at all boring. Intended to bring Sake into the everyday drinking category without sacrificing quality or authenticity, expect a vibrant nose of tart red fruit, mellow ripe pear, and subtle floral aromas. The palate is clean crispy, dry and refreshing. Due to the uncut nature of Genshu ...
Price: $5.99

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

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

This cult brewery is one of the most difficult to find in the US. Founded in 1573 by the Yanagi family in Ishikawa Prefecture. Due to land reforms after World War II, the Yanagi's were forced to sell their land and were left with just the sake brewery. While most small producers were looking to cut costs, current president Tatsuji Yanagi began sourcing best possible sake rice for his small sake brewery. The rice still comes completely from the Yogowa region of Hyogo prefecture. The bold complex style made here was further enhanced by the reintroduction i...
Price: $149.99

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

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

Light and smoky, with a notes of honeydew melon and cherry pits. Fragrant and clean, this is a terrific value! It comes from Yamagata.
Price: $18.99

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


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

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



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



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

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

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

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

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 disti...
Price: $32.99

This rare nama daiginjo presents a rainbow array of floral and fruity flavors overlaying a refined core structure. Like the haiku poetry that inspired it, "Tsuyusanzen" is transparent, evocative and decisive. Typically not available retail, this product is usually restaurant only. *****NAMA Sake is unpasteurized and should be refrigerated. Overnight shipping is recommended. No refunds on Nama sake*******
Price: $89.99

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

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 briming with vibrancy and tension. It will offer unprecedented complexity and depth while remaining lift 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

Price: $23.99


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

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

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


This cult brewery is one of the most difficult to find in the US. Founded in 1573 by the Yanagi family in Ishikawa Prefecture. Due to land reforms after World War II, the Yanagi's were forced to sell their land and were left with just the sake brewery. While most small producers were looking to cut costs, current president Tatsuji Yanagi began sourcing best possible sake rice for his small sake brewery. The rice still comes completely from the Yogowa region of Hyogo prefecture. The bold complex style made here was further enhanced by the reintroduction i...
Price: $224.99

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...
Price: $34.99


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: $32.99

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