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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.

  • Tsukinoi Nanotsuki 80 Junmai "The Moon's Well"

    Tsukinoi Nanotsuki 80 Junmai "The Moon's Well"

    Junmai
    $48.00

    This brewery loves their own estate grown rice so much they put rice grains under the label to prove their fascination. The nose on this JSA certif...

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  • Imayo Tsukasa IMA for Oysters
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    Imayo Tsukasa IMA for Oysters

    Junmai
    $20.00

    The nose on this sake that was constructed to pair with oysters of all kinds has a very fun collection of honey, balsa wood, white raisin, apricot,...

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  • Shintaro "Imperial Loyalist"
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    Shintaro "Imperial Loyalist"

    Junmai
    $43.00

    The nose on this perfect sake to bring to an izakaya has a cool collection of oatmeal, cashew, couscous, wheat, hay, and steamed rice aromas. The n...

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  • Tenbu Junmai

    Tenbu Junmai

    Junmai
    $10.00

    The nose on this modern style Junmai is a mild collection of grape, mineral water, grains, and steamed rice aromas. Smooth, round, juicy, and soft ...

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  • Izumibashi Megumi Junmai Genshu "Red Label"

    Izumibashi Megumi Junmai Genshu "Red Label"

    Junmai Genshu
    $42.00

    The nose on this undiluted “cask strength” Genshu sake is an interesting collection of woody, musky, cheesy, earthy, nutty, soy sauce, and mint aro...

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  • Kawatsuru Junmai "Crane of Paradise"

    Kawatsuru Junmai "Crane of Paradise"

    Junmai
    $32.00

    The nose on this brew made with Yamadanishiki is a gentle collection of pear, apple, honey, and steamed rice. There is not a lot of sake from Kagaw...

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  • Shimeharitsuru Tsuki Honjozo

    Shimeharitsuru Tsuki Honjozo

    Honjozo
    $31.00

    The nose on this extremely cool Niigata-loved sake is a gentle collection of steamed rice, vanilla, mint, hay, toast, and nougat aromas. Stop the p...

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  • Takashimizu Junmai Muroka Can
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    Takashimizu Junmai Muroka Can

    Junmai Muroka
    $8.00

    The nose on this can sake is a firm collection of smoked rice, oats, grains, melon rind, and earth tone aromas. Masculine, dry, semi-rich, full-bod...

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  • Imayo Tsukasa Hito to Ki to Hitotoki Junmai
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    Imayo Tsukasa Hito to Ki to Hitotoki Junmai

    Junmai
    Original price $50.00
    Current price $45.00

    The nose on this very unique sake that was fermented in a wooden vat called Kioke is a great collection of cedar, ginger, citrus, white pepper, lem...

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  • Choryo Tokubetsu Junmai "Omachi"

    Choryo Tokubetsu Junmai "Omachi"

    Tokubetsu Junmai
    $21.00

    The nose on this special “one of those sakes” is a killer collection of cocoa, butter, salt water, earthy, nutty, leather and hot chocolate aromas....

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  • Matsunotsukasa Kimoto Junmai
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    Matsunotsukasa Kimoto Junmai

    Kimoto Junmai
    $39.00

    Review from Beau Timken coming soon!

  • Tsuchida Bodaimoto Yamahai "Meat Lovers Only"

    Tsuchida Bodaimoto Yamahai "Meat Lovers Only"

    Bodaimoto Yamahai Junmai
    $68.00

  • Akashi-Tai Honjozo Kuro

    Akashi-Tai Honjozo Kuro

    Honjozo
    $32.00

    The nose on this Hyogo Honjozo is a generous collection of cocoa, oatmeal, butter, steamed rice, cream, and hot chocolate aromas. Talk about a smoo...

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  • Atago no Matsu Tokubetsu Honjozo

    Atago no Matsu Tokubetsu Honjozo

    Honjozo
    $21.00

    Review from Beau Timken coming soon!

  • Tatsuriki Oyster's Friend Tokubetsu Junmai

    Tatsuriki Oyster's Friend Tokubetsu Junmai

    Tokubetsu Junmai
    $36.00

    Review from Beau Timken coming soon!