September 2017

TOP 5 List – The Top Five Sake Day “Welcome Sakes”

Posted by Beau Timken in Newsletter, September 2017, Top 5, Welcome Sake

Since it is Sake Day Season we felt it would be fun to pick 5 sakes that have played a large role in the history of Sake Day. Each Nihonshu no hi we select a “Welcome Sake” that we hand pour to the guests as they enter the event. In no particular order, here are five sakes for you to “welcome” to your own personal Sake Day at home!


Top 5 - September 2017 A

1) Ichinokura Mukansa Honjozo

  • This super dry Honjozo was very well received by those guests who like cold dry brews that are clean and quick. A very dry hi!
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    2) Kirinzan “Classic” Futsu-shu

  • This was our first table sake or “Futsu-shu” that we served as the welcome sake for Sake Day! And this so-called “cheap” sake stole the day as the guests loved the round softness and richness of this very clean and drinkable brew.
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    3) Shirataki Jozen Mizunogotoshi “Pink” Junmai Ginjo

  • This was our welcome sake when Sake Day was held at the Jewish Community Center of SF. A year-aged Junmai Ginjo from this legendary brewery was super well received for a very round and expressive sake that has layers of richness.
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    Top 5 - September 2017 B

    4) Ichinokura "Kura no Hana" Junmai Daiginjo

  • This by far was one of the most popular welcome sakes at any Sake Day! I think we sold more bottles after Sake Day of this brew then we ever did before. Why? It’s an amazing sake with round and lush fruit tones!
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    5) Shirataki Jozen Mizunogotoshi “Blue” Junmai Daiginjo

  • And volià! This was perhaps my most favorite welcome sake from Sake Day ever. We had to keep pouring and pouring this brew as guests kept coming back for seconds and thirds! It is an amazing Junmai Daiginjo that is layered and silky!
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