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Top 10 Popular Sakes Which You Can Buy Online

Sake, or saké, is usually known as the Japanese rice wine. It’s made by fermenting rice that has been polished so that the bran is removed. Despite it being named as a wine, the brewing process for Japanese Sake is actually quite similar to beer, where starch is converted into sugars, which ferment into alcohol. And there are similar types of Sake across East Asia, such as huangjiu and cheongju. So punch up any Japanese cuisine you’re having with one of the popular sake below that’s from the most popular sake brands around.


1. Dassai 23/39/45 Junmai Daiginjo

Price: $33.20 – $225.00

Brand: Dassai

About:

Dassai 45 has a collection of sweet aromas including grape juice, cotton candy, and a hint of lemonade. Talk about a sake with body! This uber Daiginjo has a full-figured flavor that rushes chewy fruit tones to all corners of your mouth. It is wide and heavy with lots of expansive elements that talk to those who like a mouthful. Pay attention for a hint of anise and sneaky mild veggie aftertaste. The subtle sweetness including grape and berries becomes more pronounced when the fluid warms in the mouth.

Dassai 39: Imagine wading through a field of white flowers, the spring breeze tickling your skin, and a succulent mango in your palm. Now open your eyes to find your imagination come to life with Dassai 39. A skillfully balanced Junmai Daiginjo that brings a rush of fruit flavors to your palate. The rice is milled to just 39%, which gives Dassai 39 its smooth, mellow taste. It’s is practically a dream come true.

Dassai 23: A gentle waterfall just for you. We all know that patience is a virtue, and this sake exemplifies that better than anything else. Widely held as one of the best sake’s around, Dassai 23 pushes the limits of rice polishing. Getting the rice grains to 23% of their original size takes time, but is well worth it. The fragrance is a bouquet of flowers, delicate, loving. The flavor washes over your tongue like a gentle waterfall deep in a secluded forest, and trickles away into a long, satisfying finish. If you like having nothing but the best, you’ll love drinking Dassai 23.

Key Features:

Dassai 45 Characteristics: Category – Daiginjo, Subcategory – N/A, Taste Profile – Light & Dry, Alcohol – 16.00%, RPR – 45%, SMV – 3

Dassai 39 Characteristics: Category – Daiginjo, Subcategory – N/A, Taste Profile – Light & Dry, Alcohol – 16.00%, RPR – 39%, SMV – 3

Dassai 23 Characteristics: Category – Daiginjo, Subcategory – N/A, Taste Profile – Rich & Sweet, Alcohol – 16.00%, RPR – 23%, SMV – 4

Website: Buy at Shopee

Dassai 23 39 45 1800ml 720ml Shinsei Dex Junmai Daiginjo Sake | Shopee  Singapore

 


2. Hakutsuru Sake Jyosen Alc 16% 1.8L

Price Range: $52.00

Brand: Hakutsuru

About:

The Hakutsuru Sake Brewing Company was founded in 1743, in the middle of Japan’s Edo period. Records show that the company started with a single brewhouse and had a total production volume of 32 kiloliters. The name “Hakutsuru” has a long tradition, first coming into use in 1747, four years after the company’s founding.

In those days, many sake brand names were used in common, such as Masamune or Tsuru, and it was difficult to tell which brewery a sake came from by its name. To make the distinction clear, we originally named our high-grade sake “Hakutsuru” (meaning “white crane”) to set it apart. The Japanese crane’s reserved character and graceful appearance, and the cultural association of seeing the crane in flight as an auspicious sign, make the crane an ideal symbol to represent the excellent quality of our sake.

Key Features:

Acidity: 1.4

Sake Meter: +1

Website: Buy at Shopee

Hakutsuru Sake Jyosen Alc 16% 1.8L | Shopee Singapore

 


3. Limited Brew Asahi Shuzo Kubota Junmai Daiginjo

Price Range:$28.00 – $180.00

Brand: Kubota

About:

KUBOTA JUNMAI DAIGINJO 久保田 純米大吟釀 is brewed in pursuit of “Magnificence of New Taste.” A hint of pear and melon with an elegant aroma, an excellent harmony and acidic taste give a pleasant mouth-feel. Serve chilled well to enjoy clean and crisp aftertaste or serve at room temperature to enjoy its unique aroma.

Key Features:

  • Sake Features:
  • Rice Polishing Ratio 50% for Koji & mash (Gohyakumangoku rice produced in Niigata)
  • Alc.: 15%
  • Acidity Level: 1.3
  • Sake Meter Value(SMV): ±0

Website: Buy at Shopee

Limited Brew Asahi Shuzo Kubota Junmai Daiginjo Sake Alc.15% 300ml/ 720 ml  / 1.8L 久保田 純米大吟釀 | Shopee Singapore

 


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4. Kiku Masamune Kasen Sake, 1.8ltr

Price Range: $49.90

Brand: Kiku Masamune

About:

Japanese Name: 菊正宗 佳撰

The Kiku Masamune Kasen Sake has a dry yet soft and mild taste. It is best enjoyed either warm for more concentrated aromas, or chilled for a subtler finish. It complements an array of different cuisines very well.

Key Features:

Prefecture: Hyogo

SMV: +2.5

Alcohol %: 15-16%

Website: Buy at Shopee

Kiku Masamune Kasen Sake 1.8L | Shopee Singapore

 


5. Hakkaisan 3 Years Snow Aged Junmai Daiginjyo

Price Range: $45.90 – $87.90

Brand: Hakkaisan

About:

Japanese Name: 八海山 「雪室貯蔵3年」 純米大吟醸

Limited Seasonal Sake – The Hakkaisan Yuki-Muro Chozo Junmai Daiginjyo is a true product of nature, having been naturally chilled and gently aged in a snow storage room for 3 years. This results in a smooth and well-rounded taste, coupled with an elegant aroma and a cleansing finish. Recommended to be pair with fatty fish like tuna or otoro. Available in 280ml / 720ML.

Key Features:

SMV: -1

Alcohol: 17%

Prefecture: Niigata

Website: Buy at Shopee

Hakkaisan 3 Years Snow Aged Junmai Daiginjyo Sake (280ml/720ml) | Shopee  Singapore

 


6. Ozeki Silver Sake, 1.8ltr

Price Range: $48.90

Brand: Ozeki Sake

About:

Japanese Name: 大関 銀冠 清酒

The Ozeki Silver Sake is well-balanced and smooth, with a slightly lower alcohol content and acidity compared to its ‘Gold’ counterpart. It can be enjoyed in a variety of ways – chilled, warmed or room temperature. The extremely versatile sake also pairs well with any type of cuisine.

Key Features:

Prefecture: Hyogo

SMV: +1

Alcohol %: 15-16%

Website: Buy at Shopee

Ozeki Silver Sake, 1.8ltr [Japanese] | Shopee Singapore

 


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7. Gekkeikan Iwai Daiginjo 720ml

Price Range: $49.00

Brand: Gekkeikan

About:

This Daiginjyo is made of “Iwai” sake rice grown in Kyoto, and pure and fresh spring water of Kyoto Fushimi. This Iwai is especially suitable for making Daiginjo sake, which is generally called premium sake because of high contain of pure starch. With fruity aroma, full-body taste, elegant attack and smooth finish facsinate you. Good to be served chilled.

Key Features:

SMV +3

Website: Buy at Shopee

Gekkeikan Iwai Daiginjo 720ml | Shopee Singapore

 


8. Shirayuki Hiyashibori Daiginjyo Sake 720ml

Price Range: $42.00

Brand: Kirei

About:

“Vintage may vary”. Super premium (daiginjyo) sake made using specially selected rice, enjoy the subtle complexity of this fine sake.

Website: Buy at Shopee

Shirayuki Hiyashibori Daiginjyo Sake 720Ml [Japanese] | Shopee Singapore

 

9. Sakari Yuzu Sake 710ml

Price Range: $44.85

Brand: NIHONSAKARI

About:

The purest Yuzu juice is mixed with a 75% polished Junmai sake base to create the cleanest and freshest of flavours. It is light enough to enjoyed chilled on its own without diluting, and gives the impression that the fruit was just squeezed yesterday.

Key Features:

Hyogo, Sake, 8.5% ABV

Website: Buy at Shopee

Sakari Yuzu Sake (yuzu shu) (710ml) | ABV 8.5% Japanese Sake x AislesTiles  | Shopee Singapore

 


10. Kato Kichibee Junmai Daiginjyo

Price Range: $29.90 – $69.90

Brand: Kato Kichibee

About:

This sake was originally made by the brewery for the birth of Princess Aiko of the Japanese royal family, and was also used by the Japanese royal family to serve important guests at state banquets. The taste of ginjo is like a mildly bitter, grape-like and yuzu-like sake with a steady aroma. The brewery uses Yamada Nishiki to make this sake, which is 50% refined rice, and it is stored at zero temperature for one year to mature.

⭐Kura Master 2021 Junmai Daiginjo Division Gold Award~!

⭐International Wine Challenge 2010 Champion Wine~! ⭐London Sake Challenge 2020 Silver Award in the Junmai Daiginjo Category~!

Key Features:

Region of production: Fukui, Japan

Name of Sake Brewery: Kato Yoshitaira Shoten Co.

Product Grade: Junmai Daiginjo

Raw rice: Yamada Nishiki, Hyogo Prefecture Special A area

Fine rice: 50%

Alcoholic strength: 15%

Website: Buy at Shopee

Kato Kichibee Junmai Daiginjyo "Born" Ginsen Sake 300ml/720ml W/ Box  -**Champion Wine**梵 吟撰 純米大吟釀 | Shopee Singapore

 


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