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Junmai & Honjozo

These dependable categories of sake are the workhorses of the sake world. 

The Junmai category is historically the “way sake was.” These brews can have their rice milled to many different levels from 80% with 20% removal to 65% with 35% removal as long as the milling percentages are on the label. The old norm was Junmai sake had to be milled to at least 70% remaining and 30% removed, but this is no longer the case.  The result is that some Junmai can drink very rich and full-bodied, and some drink lighter and more elegant. Just remember that Junmai also means “rice and water only,” and it’s a great center of the plate food pairing sake that is perfect for most cuisines from salty and savory to rich and robust, fried and grilled to baked and steamed, and from spicy to complex. Good for chilled, room temperature, warming and heating. 

Honjozo sake has the same rice milling standard that Junmai sake used to have 70% remaining and 30% removal.  The difference with Honjozo is that the makers add a little “brewer’s alcohol” to lighten the sake and clean things up. Honjozo sake is not fortified sake – it is not made stronger by the added alcohol – in fact it makes a sake lighter and more refreshing. This category of sake is perfect for easy drinking and easy food pairings.  Good for chilled, room temperature, warming and heating.

  • Tamagawa Junmai Kimoto "Time Machine"

    Tamagawa Junmai Kimoto "Time Machine"

    Junmai Kimoto
    $26.00

    New Time Machine with a lower alc % Previously at 14%-15%. Now at 11%. Beau's review coming soon!   How would you like to taste a sake that was mad...

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  • Ichinokura Mukansa Super-Dry Honjozo "Unclassified"

    Ichinokura Mukansa Super-Dry Honjozo "Unclassified"

    Honjozo
    $24.00

    The nose on this extremely drinkable sake is a mild collection of sawdust, grains,  mineral water, and breakfast cereal elements. This is a sake dr...

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  • Nishida Denshu Tokubetsu Junmai "Country Squire"

    Nishida Denshu Tokubetsu Junmai "Country Squire"

    Tokubetsu Junmai
    $49.00

    This ultra-popular Junmai comes from a brewery that only makes 50,000 cases per year, which creates a hyper-demand for such a well-structured and f...

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  • Joto "Graffiti Cup"

    Joto "Graffiti Cup"

    Futsushu
    $5.00

    The nose on this special cup sake is a great collection of pear, peach, melon, and sugar aromas. This cup is amazing! The owner of the brewery grow...

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  • Kirin Koshi No Takumi Tokubetsu Junmai "Sake Specialist"

    Kirin Koshi No Takumi Tokubetsu Junmai "Sake Specialist"

    Tokubetsu Junmai
    $11.00

    This Junmai has nose of mushrooms and minerals, very earthy. A very light beginning warms up into a thinly rich middle mouth and ends with a nice s...

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  • Kirinzan Junmai "Flying Horse"

    Kirinzan Junmai "Flying Horse"

    Junmai
    $31.00

    Talk about a beautiful bottle, well this Junmai drinks as great as it looks! The nose on this prototypical “neutral” sake (Not too fruity not too d...

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  • Shirataki Noujun Uonuma Junmai "80%"

    Shirataki Noujun Uonuma Junmai "80%"

    Junmai
    from $17.00

    The nose on this unique sake is a wonderful collection of butterscotch, caramel, and maple syrup candy aromas. Why is this sake special? Because it...

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  • Suehiro Densho Yamahai Junmai "Ancient Method"

    Suehiro Densho Yamahai Junmai "Ancient Method"

    Yamahai Junmai
    $30.00

    The nose on this superb "Yamahai"-style (traditionally made sake) is a gentle collection of rice, bread, and cocoa elements. Bingo! A great sake at...

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  • Ohyama Tomizu Tokubetsu Junmai "Special Water"

    Ohyama Tomizu Tokubetsu Junmai "Special Water"

    Tokubetsu Junmai
    $35.00

    The nose on this Junmai that drinks very much like a Ginjo is an array of white grape, apple, pear, cucumber and berry essences. This is not your u...

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  • Tsukinokatsura Junmai "Iwai"
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    Tsukinokatsura Junmai "Iwai"

    Junmai
    $32.00

    Hold the phone folks! This sake is made with one of the most expensive sake brewing rice varietals out there, usually used for Daiginjo sakes, but ...

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  • Akitabare Koshiki Junzukuri "Northern Skies"

    Akitabare Koshiki Junzukuri "Northern Skies"

    Junmai
    $31.00

    This Junmai has a plum nose with subtle grass tones. The first sip has a fairly dry start filled with hints of lemon, plum, and grape skin tones. T...

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  • Fuku Chitose Yamahai Junmai "Happy Owl"
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    Fuku Chitose Yamahai Junmai "Happy Owl"

    Yamahai Junmai
    $34.00

    Talk about a Yamahai nose! Sniff around for earthy, yeasty, stinky cheese, citrus, muddy, and wet wool aromas. Typically a sake with this type of n...

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  • Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Honjozo "Hakkai Mountain"

    Hakkaisan Tokubetsu Honjozo "Hakkai Mountain"

    Honjozo
    from $15.00

    #1 Rated Honjozo in Japan. This sake has a brilliant nose of spice, sandalwood, campfire, mushroom, and tropical fruit. The first sip spells a syru...

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  • Yuho Kimoto Junmai "Rhythm of the Centuries"

    Yuho Kimoto Junmai "Rhythm of the Centuries"

    Kimoto Junmai
    $35.00

    The nose on this traditionally made brew is a unique collection of nutty, earthy, leather, roasted rice, and sour lemon tones. This is a very tasty...

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  • Tsukasabotan Senchu Hassaku Junmai "Great Plan"

    Tsukasabotan Senchu Hassaku Junmai "Great Plan"

    Junmai
    $49.00

    "Great Plan" is one of those sake that break the mold. It's quite a dry brew, but doesn't have the typical sharp, staccato profile of a dry sake. R...

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  • Yuho Junmai "Eternal Embers"

    Yuho Junmai "Eternal Embers"

    Junmai
    $32.00

    Another rich and full bodied Ishikawa Junmai with a nose made up of musky, tangerine, yeast, caramel, and cooked rice aromas. This is a deep and sm...

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  • Yuki No Bosha Yamahai Junmai "Old Cabin"

    Yuki No Bosha Yamahai Junmai "Old Cabin"

    Yamahai Junmai
    $38.00

    The nose on this "traditionally" made sake is a collection of cooked rice, cream, chestnuts, cocoa and mint tones. This is a very balanced and tast...

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  • Taiheizan Kimoto Junmai "Great Peaceful Mountain"

    Taiheizan Kimoto Junmai "Great Peaceful Mountain"

    Kimoto Junmai
    from $14.00

    This is a traditional, old-method sake that would appeal to the American palate. Welcoming and rich, it has a big, creamy nose with sides of banana...

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  • Urakasumi Honjozo Genshu "Misty Bay"

    Urakasumi Honjozo Genshu "Misty Bay"

    Honjozo Genshu
    $37.00

    The nose on this dynamic genshu (19%) has a collection of aromas from grains, steamed rice and minerals to butterscotch, burnt sugar and roasted ca...

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  • Akabu Junmai
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    Akabu Junmai

    Junmai
    $39.00

    *Limit 2 bottles per customer. The nose on this cult favorite sake has corn, steamed rice, persimmon, peach, sweet carrots, and citrus aromas. The ...

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  • Mana 1751 Tokubetsu Yamahai Junmai Muroka Genshu "True Vision"

    Mana 1751 Tokubetsu Yamahai Junmai Muroka Genshu "True Vision"

    $39.00

    The nose on this special sake is an immense collection of earthy, musky, hoppy, burnt rice, and lemon peel aromas. Say hello to one of “Those” sake...

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  • Heiwa Shuzo KID Cup

    Heiwa Shuzo KID Cup

    Junmai
    $10.00

    The nose on this cup sake is a very unique collection of uncooked dough, cream, rice pudding, yogurt, and citrus aromas. This Kid Cup is a differen...

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  • Katafune Junmai Genshu

    Katafune Junmai Genshu

    Junmai Genshu
    $37.00

    Let’s cut to the chase! This sake won a category trophy at the IWC for being the best Junmai sake in 2013 and 2015. That’s amazing and it’s for goo...

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