There are more than 10,000 types of sakes. Here we share with you the grades and profiles of different sakes:
Junmai (純米) is the Japanese word for pure rice. Junmai is brewed using only rice, water, yeast and koji
(there are no other additives like sugar or alcohol) and the rice used is polished to at least 70%. Junmai tend to be rich and full bodied with a slightly intense flavour. Check out the Sari Kanzashi Junmai from our shop!
Honjozo (本醸造), like Junmai, uses rice that has been polished to at least 70%. However, Honjozo contains a small amount of distilled brewer's alcohol which smoothens the flavour and aromas, making Honjozo light and easy to drink. Check out the Ichinokura Honjozo Genshu Shiboritate from our shop!
Ginjo (吟醸) is a premium sake that uses rice that has been polished to at least 60%. Using special yeast and fermentation techniques, it is fragrant with a light, fruity and complex flavour. Check out othe Kameizumi Junmai Ginjo Genshu Koiku63 from our shop!
Daiginjo (大吟醸) is a super premium sake that uses rice that has been polished to less than 50%. Check out the Kid Sora He! Junmai Daiginjo from our shop!
Junmai Ginjo (純米吟醸) is a premium sake which is brewed using pure rice polished to 60% and without any additives. Check out the award-winning Kid Muryozan Junmai Ginjo from our shop!
Junmai Daiginjo (純米大吟醸) is a super premium sake that uses rice polished to less than 50% without any additives. Check out the fruity, fragrant Miyakanbai Zeisen Junmai Daiginjo from our shop!
Nigori (濁り) is a coarsely filtered sake with bits of rice solids left over from the fermentation, giving it its cloudy appearance. It has a unique creamy flavour and is usually sweet.
Nama Sake (生酒) mean raw or unpasteurized sakes that do not go through the pasteurization process like most sakes. It has to be refrigerated to maintain its freshness and taste. Namasake has a fresh and refreshing flavour. Check out the Haneya Junmai Ginjo Kirabi Nama Genshu from our shop!
Genshu (原酒) means "original sake" or sake which has not been diluted with water. Genshu has a high level of alcohol, and so is often drunk cold or with ice. Check out the Kameizumi Junmai Ginjo Genshu Koiku63 from our shop!
Muroka (無濾過) sakes skips the step of charcoal filtering. The lack of filtration gives muroka sake a unique straw-colored hue, and often a bolder, some might say “rougher,” flavor profile than more standard filtered sake varieties.