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Junmai Daiginjo & Daiginjo

These two categories represent the best of the best, the “A-list” in the sake maker’s industry. 


The Junmai Daiginjo category has the highest standards of milling rates in the sake market with a minimum of 50% rice polishing and 50% remaining.  But that standard is often surpassed by brewers looking to push the rice milling envelope that results in sakes that can be milled down to 35% down to 23% and even 7% remaining figures. These Ultra and Uber Junmai Daiginjo all drink with an elegance and sophistication of flavors and complexities. The entire category is exceptional for consuming on special occasions and gifting. Junmai Daiginjo sakes are fantastic on their own and great with Champagne fare and elegant appetizers. They are always served chilled.  


The Daiginjo category has the same milling standards of 50% removal and 50% remaining but sake makers add a little “brewer’s alcohol” to lighten the brew and bring out more aromatics and softer textures. When sake maker’s send their brews to National Sake Appraisals and Competitions they usually send their Daiginjo sake. They are the ultimate Competition sakes that just jump out of the glass. Always served chilled they pair well with shellfish, sushi, sashimi, and elegant cocktail passing fare.

  • Dassai 45 Junmai Daiginjo "Otter Festival"

    Dassai 45 Junmai Daiginjo "Otter Festival"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    from $12.00

    This sake has an older brother Daiginjo that has an industry leading milling rate of 23. Dassai 45 has a collection of sweet aromas including grape...

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  • Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Daiginjo "Demon Slayer"

    Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Daiginjo "Demon Slayer"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    from $21.00

    Talk about a nice aroma package on this ultra-popular Daiginjo that is now single pasteurized! Look for plum, melon, peach scents in a sake that dr...

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  • Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo "Otter Festival"

    Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo "Otter Festival"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    from $30.00

    Say hello to one of the most polished sakes in Japan. This sake has been milled to 23% and it is in a class by itself. With a nose of grapes, flowe...

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  • Dassai 39 Junmai Daiginjo "Otter Festival"

    Dassai 39 Junmai Daiginjo "Otter Festival"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    from $18.00

    This Daiginjo fits in between Dassai “49” and “23” in terms of milling rates and is both similar and different to its sister brews. The nose is fru...

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  • Born Junmai Daiginjo "Gold"

    Born Junmai Daiginjo "Gold"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    $40.00

    This is another great Daiginjo from a brewery known for making Daiginjo sake. "Gold" has an elegant nose comprised of green apple, sweet rice, plum...

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  • Yaegaki Mu Junmai Daiginjo "Nothingness"

    Yaegaki Mu Junmai Daiginjo "Nothingness"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    from $16.00

    “Mu” has a ripe fruit aroma with elements of melon and grapes. Talk about a soft and clean sake, this Daiginjo lives up to its name “nothingness,” ...

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  • Chokaisan Junmai Daiginjo "Chokai Mountain"
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    Chokaisan Junmai Daiginjo "Chokai Mountain"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    from $21.00

    The nose on this sake made with Miyaminishiki brewing rice and flower yeast is very floral with hints of gardenia, grape, blueberry, and pear. Roun...

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  • Kubota Manju Junmai Daiginjo “10,000 Ostentatious-nesses”
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    Kubota Manju Junmai Daiginjo “10,000 Ostentatious-nesses”

    Junmai Daiginjo
    $89.00

    This is one of if not the most sought after Daiginjo in Japan. This Daiginjo is sophisticated and yet very drinkable, perhaps too drinkable as the ...

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  • Tengumai Junmai Daiginjo "50"

    Tengumai Junmai Daiginjo "50"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    from $10.00

    The nose on this very flavorful Daiginjo is a splendid collection of steamed rice, oatmeal and banana tones. What a fine and solid sake this "50" i...

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  • Takenotsuyu Hakuro Suishu Junmai Daiginjo "Winter Water"

    Takenotsuyu Hakuro Suishu Junmai Daiginjo "Winter Water"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    $49.00

    Bingo! One of the best noses in the sake world filled with grape, sweet rice, ash, mineral, balsa wood, and cotton candy aromas. Welcome to liquid ...

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  • Wakatake Onna Nakase Junmai Daiginjo "Makes Women Cry"

    Wakatake Onna Nakase Junmai Daiginjo "Makes Women Cry"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    $57.00

    The nose on this “Exclusive” and sold out sake in Japan is a collection of oatmeal, cooked grains, steamed rice, cantaloupe and chestnut elements. ...

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  • Umenishiki Junmai Daiginjo "Gorgeous Plum"

    Umenishiki Junmai Daiginjo "Gorgeous Plum"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    from $18.00

    This Daiginjo embodies the definition of “Flavorful Type” sakes, as it has a supremely elegant nose of rose pedals and lichis, and pop with a flavo...

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  • Tedorigawa Yamahai Daiginjo "Chrysanthemum Meadow"

    Tedorigawa Yamahai Daiginjo "Chrysanthemum Meadow"

    Yamahai Junmai Daiginjo
    $48.00

    There are not a lot of Yamahai Daiginjos out there so it’s always fun to take note of amazing efforts such as this brew. The nose is nice collectio...

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  • Tedorigawa Iki na Onna Daiginjo "Lady Luck"

    Tedorigawa Iki na Onna Daiginjo "Lady Luck"

    Daiginjo
    $55.00

    This unique sake was made specifically to celebrate women sake store-owners in Japan. Cool! It has a nose filled with green apple, sweet nuts, hone...

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  • Konteki Daiginjo "Tears of Dawn"

    Konteki Daiginjo "Tears of Dawn"

    Daiginjo
    $48.00

    The nose on this flavorful Daiginjo is a collection of cherry, mango, tropical fruit, powder sugar and Marigold elements. This is a very unique and...

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  • Kirinzan Junmai Daiginjo "Flying Dragon"

    Kirinzan Junmai Daiginjo "Flying Dragon"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    $80.00

    Talk about packaging? This well-dressed Daiginjo has a nose filled with ripe peach, strawberry, pomegranate, and cotton elements. What a light and ...

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  • Ichinokura Junmai Daiginjo "Kura no Hana"

    Ichinokura Junmai Daiginjo "Kura no Hana"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    $71.00

    This sake made with a special brewing rice has a rich nose filled with strawberry,  honeydew melon, and floral elements. This is a super smooth bre...

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  • Kubota Hekiju Junmai Daiginjo “100 Ostentatious-nesses”

    Kubota Hekiju Junmai Daiginjo “100 Ostentatious-nesses”

    Junmai Daiginjo
    $54.00

    This Daiginjo, which we call a Ginjo in the store, is the perfect example of a Niigata style sake known as tanrei karakuchi or light and dry. Hekij...

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  • Dewazakura Ichiro Junmai Daiginjo "Abbey Road"
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    Dewazakura Ichiro Junmai Daiginjo "Abbey Road"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    $60.00

    The nose on this wonderfully drinking Junmai Daiginjo is a talented collection of strawberry, cherry, and floral aromas. Talk about a sake that dri...

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  • Daishichi Minowamon Kimoto Junmai Daiginjo "The Gate"

    Daishichi Minowamon Kimoto Junmai Daiginjo "The Gate"

    Kimoto Junmai Daiginjo
    $81.00

    This dream sake has a classic nose filled with ripe peach, cantaloupe, and raisins. The first sip of "the Gate" makes you a believer, as a chewy vi...

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  • Miyosakae Tenmi Junmai Daiginjo "Taste of Heaven"

    Miyosakae Tenmi Junmai Daiginjo "Taste of Heaven"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    $127.00

    The nose on this extremely well-packaged sake is a tapestry of blueberry, pear, mango, and honeydew wafts. This very bright and fruit forward Daigi...

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  • Dewazakura Mini-Daiginjo "Sakura Boy"

    Dewazakura Mini-Daiginjo "Sakura Boy"

    Daiginjo
    $21.00

    The nose on this special Daiginjo is a wonderful collection of fruity and floral elements from green apple and honeydew to clover honey and rose pe...

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  • Nanbu Bijin Shinpaku Junmai Daiginjo "Southern Beauty"
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    Nanbu Bijin Shinpaku Junmai Daiginjo "Southern Beauty"

    Junmai Daiginjo
    $40.00

    The nose on this very affordable premium sake is a collection of strawberry, floral, peach, pear and apricot aromas. This is an extremely drinkable...

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  • Masumi Nanago Yamahai Junmai Daiginjo "Seventh Heaven"

    Masumi Nanago Yamahai Junmai Daiginjo "Seventh Heaven"

    Yamahai Junmai Daiginjo
    $68.00

    This unique sake has a brilliant nose filled with citrus, blossoms, minerals, and hot wood. Nanago is fascinatingly delicious on so many levels. Fi...

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