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Junmai-shu and junmai daiginjo-shu sake have no added alcohol - they're made with only rice, water, and kome-koji. As a result, they're considered pure rice wines with a more umami (savoury) flavour than an alcohol-based sake. However, junmai daiginjo-shu differs slightly from junmai-shu because it contains rice grains that are milled to 50% or less of their original size - this means it's a premium quality sake.
Ginjo-shu is made from a small amount of distilled brewer’s alcohol and rice which is polished to 60% or less of its original size. As it involves much longer milling and fermenting processes, it’s considered a premium type of sake. This premium status, as well as its light and fruity aroma, make it a good choice for sake enthusiasts or special occasions.
Most sake products will therefore state the rice polishing ratio in the form of a percentage, which indicates how much of the husk has been polished away; the percentage shown on the bottle will state the amount of rice remaining unpolished. Go for a lower percentage if you want a top-quality, great-tasting sake.
These are the polishing requirements for Junmai sake without added brewer's alcohol:
For example, a sake of -10 would be super sweet, whereas one that's +10 would be incredibly dry. The SMV number is therefore something useful to look out for when assessing which kind of sake will suit your taste buds.
Now, let's discuss the alcohol content of sake. As we mentioned earlier, this type of tipple is actually pretty mild and usually contains no more than 14%-16% alcohol. If you prefer something with an even lower alcohol percentage, try a sparkling variety of sake. Naturally subtle and sweet, sparkling sake typically contains 5-8% of booze. It makes a fantastic substitute for champagne when celebrating a special occasion!
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Horin Junmai Daiginjo Sake
A Luxurious Yet Affordable Introduction to Sake
Kome To Mizu No Sake Junmai Sake
Pure Sake With Fruity Aroma and Refreshing Aftertaste
Smooth and Dry Sake
Choya Junmai-Shu Made With GM-Free Rice From Nara
Hana Awaka Sparkling Flower Sake
A Sweet and Refreshing Sparkling Sake
Premium Junmai Sake
Well-Balanced Every Day Sake
Shirakabegura Mio Sparkling Sake
A Low-Alcohol Option With a Smooth Taste
Tokubetsu Honjozo Sake
Premium Sake from a 4th Generation Brewery
Junmai Ginjo Sake
Floral Ginjo-Shu Sake in Presentation Box for Gifting and Events
Senju Authentic Japanese Sake
Mild Sake Made With Water From a Niigata Shrine
Junmai Nigori Sayuri Sake
Mild Yet Refreshing Unfiltered Sake
This exquisite junmai daiginjo by Gekkeikan consists of fresh spring water blended with two different types of premium sake rice. With hints of cantaloupe, honeydew, honeysuckle, and pear, it's fruity but delicate in flavour.
An SMV of +2 means this drink is dry and medium-bodied, so it goes well with light dishes such as summer salads or fresh fruit. Despite the high-quality ingredients, luxurious taste, and fancy-looking bottle, this product is incredibly affordable. If you're looking for the perfect introduction to sake, you've found it!
This Junmai-shu is made from carefully selected koshihikari rice that is excellent for making sake, paired with fresh spring waters to produce a light, well-balanced sake. It boasts a mellow, full-bodied flavour, with a fruity aroma and a refreshing aftertaste.
The stylish blue bottle is meant to attract people who have never tried sake before, but it's also a preferred choice for seasoned sake drinkers. Kome To Mizu can be enjoyed hot, at room temperature, or cold. It's also great for sake cocktails and infusions.
Experience the true flavour of rice with this sake. Fizzy, tangy, and fun, it is best served chilled. This mini bottle of sake is ideal for a picnic with pals on a sunny day or a boozy brunch at home - just add ice and enjoy!
Ozeki Premium Junmai is one of the three sakes brewed by Ozeki for the first time in California, US in 1979. It became the house warm sake served in Japanese restaurants in the US for over 40 years.
This junmai-shu is full-bodied and dry with earthy notes. Well-balanced and versatile, it's perfect as an everyday sake and a great introductory sake. Enjoy it at room temperature, warm during the cold months, or served on ice in a cocktail.
Elegant and super sweet, this low-alcohol option by Shochikubai is a real treat for the tastebuds. It's lightly carbonated but still tastes wonderfully smooth. Plus, how pretty is the floral design on the bright blue bottle?
There's a strong aroma of Muscat grapes and fruit, resulting in a soft sweetness and a clean, crisp taste. Unfortunately though, this sake tastes best on its own, so you'll have to bring out a different bottle if you want to wow your dinner guests!
The Akashi Sake Brewery is a 4th generation family-run brewery that has been making sake for more than 150 years. This Honjozo-shu is an excellent introduction into Akashi-Tai's connoisseur sake range.
It is a delicate and complex sake with a creamy mouthfeel and tropical fruit aromas created from Gohyakumangoku rice that has been processed down to 60% of its original size. What you get is a light and elegant sake with fruity notes. Enjoy slightly chilled or at room temperature in a wine or sake glass.
What you get is a light, smooth, and slightly sweet sake with a hint of creaminess due to the coarse filtering process. If you want a mild and refreshing sake, this is the one for you. This sake is best paired with Yakitori or Sukiyaki, as well as Western cuisine.
The rice is firstly polished, removing the husk, before being washed, steamed, and cooled down again. Then the kome-koji is added, which breaks down the rice’s enzymes into sugars and allows it to become fermented. The resulting liquid is filtered and pasteurised, usually more than once, until it becomes what we know as sake.
During colder months, hot sake will warm you right up! However, heating up top-quality sake will cause it to lose its flavour. So, whilst you can drink junmai-shu and honjozo-shu sake at any temperature, ginjo-shu is best enjoyed chilled or at a lower temperature.
Written and researched by Nicola McClements
No. 1: Gekkeikan | Horin Junmai Daiginjo Sake
No. 2: Gekkeikan | Kome To Mizu No Sake Junmai Sake
No. 3: Choya | Smooth and Dry Sake | Pack of 6
No. 4: Ozeki | Hana Awaka Sparkling Flower Sake
No. 5: Premium Junmai Sake | Ozeki
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