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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.

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    Dassai 45 Junmai Daiginjo "Otter Festival"

    gateway junmai daiginjo.
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    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 Daig...

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    Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Daiginjo "Demon Slayer"

    top-selling daiginjo.
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    Talk about a nice aromatics on this ultra-popular single pasteurized Daiginjo! Look for plum, melon, and peach scents in a sake that drinks with fa...

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    Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo "Otter Festival"

    best of the best from dassai.
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    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"

    your sake somm's favorite dassai.
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    This Daiginjo fits in between Dassai “45” and “23” in terms of milling rates, and is both similar and different to its sister brews. The nose is fr...

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    Born Junmai Daiginjo "Gold"

    stellar, smooth, gentle.
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    A great Daiginjo from a brewery known for making Daiginjo sake. "Gold" has an elegant nose comprised of green apple, sweet rice, plum skin, and pea...

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    Chokaisan Junmai Daiginjo "Chokai Mountain"

    mei's first sake experience!
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    The nose on this sake made with Miyamanishiki rice and flower yeast is very floral with hints of gardenia, grape, blueberry, and pear. Round, soft,...

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

    everybody loves manju.
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    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 ...

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    Wakatake Onna Nakase Junmai Daiginjo "Makes Women Cry"

    first discovered by true sake!
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    The nose on this is a collection of oatmeal, cooked grains, steamed rice, cantaloupe and chestnut elements. The name of this sake translates to “ma...

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    Takenotsuyu Hakuro Suishu Junmai Daiginjo "Winter Water"

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

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    Umenishiki Junmai Daiginjo "Gorgeous Plum"

    for wine lovers.
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    The nose on this very classic Daiginjo is a stellar collection of strawberry, tangerine, peach, kiwi, pear, melon, and apple aromas. Behold, one of...

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    Tedorigawa Yamahai Daiginjo "Chrysanthemum Meadow"

    creamy, soft, velvety.
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    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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    Tengumai Junmai Daiginjo "50"

    steamed rice, rich, velvety.
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    *Back by popular demand! The nose on this very flavorful Daiginjo is a splendid collection of steamed rice, oatmeal and banana tones. What a fine a...

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    Konteki Daiginjo "Tears of Dawn"

    sublime, sneaky, soft.
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    The nose on this flavorful Daiginjo is a collection of cherry, mango, tropical fruit, powdered sugar, and marigold elements. This is a very unique ...

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    Kokuryu Daiginjo "Crystal Dragon"

    light honey, tea, unique dryness.
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    A delightful nose filled with blackberries, pineapple, purple grapes and Red Vines™. Another extremely well-balanced sake with hints of light honey...

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    Tedorigawa Iki na Onna Daiginjo "Lady Luck"

    approachable complexity.
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    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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    Kirinzan Junmai Daiginjo "Flying Dragon"

    citrus, soft, divine.
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    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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    Dewazakura Ichiro Junmai Daiginjo "Abbey Road"

    a fruity fruit basket.
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    The nose on this wonderful Junmai Daiginjo is a talented collection of strawberry, cherry, and floral aromas. Talk about a sake that drinks like a ...

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    Kubota Junmai Daiginjo

    dry, crisp, prototype.
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    The nose on this special released Kubota is a mild collection of cherry, pear, mango, melon, and floral aromas. Kubota is known for making the prot...

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    Daishichi Minowamon Kimoto Junmai Daiginjo "The Gate"

    pear, acidity, professional.
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    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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    Nanbu Bijin Shinpaku Junmai Daiginjo "Southern Beauty"

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

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    Stella Junmai Daiginjo Shizuku Muroka Genshu

    fruity, silky, slippery.
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    The nose on this “Drip” or Shizuku sake is a gentle collection of steamed rice, pear, and citrus aromas. Talk about a fun sake! This brew is round,...

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    Aizu Homare Junmai Daiginjo "Black Label"

    red apple, superb, expressive.
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    The nose on this International Wine Challenge Grand Champion Trophy winner is a superb collection of melon, grape, mineral water, and strawberry ar...

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    Ichinokura Junmai Daiginjo "Kura no Hana"

    melon, berries, comfort.
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    This sake made with a special Miyagi Prefecture brewing rice called Kura no Hana has a rich nose filled with strawberry, honeydew melon, and floral...

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    Dewazakura Mini-Daiginjo "Sakura Boy"

    fat, fruity, floral.
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    The nose on this special Daiginjo is a wonderful collection of fruity and floral elements ranging from green apple and honeydew, to clover honey an...

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