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Sparkling & Nigori

Sparkling - 

The sparkling sake, Awa, category is one of the fastest growing segments in the sake industry. Sparkling Sake is not novelty or gimmicky sake. It is the real deal and many brewers are taking sparkling sake to new altitudes of clarity and elegance. If you are a Sparkling Wine or Champagne drinker, this category will speak to you. There are several different methods of production, and now there is even a “Japan Awasake Association'' that acts like a control agency for purity. Some brewers use carbonation, but most use a “secondary” or “lag” fermentation technique that sees the brew still active in the bottle thus creating good bubbles. There are definitely different styles from sweet with fat bubbles, to dry and very crisp with tight bubbles like a Brut. Also, Sparkling Sake usually has a lower alcohol content than typical sake with ranges from 5%-12%. And best of all Sparkling Sake works well in Champagne flutes to capture the bubble play, and pairs well with Champagne fare.

Nigori - 

This popular category of sake represents the famous “cloudy”,  “milky”, or “foggy” sake that has rice particles left in the brew and are not totally filtered out. Many Americans refer to “Nigori” sake as “Unfiltered” sake, but this is a misnomer as all sake is filtered to a degree. This is when we are speaking about filtering out all of those unfermented rice particles, but many brewers will coarsely filter their sake and then add back the unfermented rice particles. Nigori sake comes in all styles and thicknesses. From very creamy and thick to very light and almost misty, called “Usu-Nigori.” Coarsely filtered sake should always be served chilled and it’s always important to undulate or gently shake the bottle before serving. As for food pairings, Nigori sake goes well with spicy cuisines, fruit plates, cheese plates, and of course deserts.

  • Hakutsuru Sayuri "Little Lilly"

    Hakutsuru Sayuri "Little Lilly"

    Nigori Junmai
    from $8.00

    This unfiltered sake has a very light nose filled with cream, cherry blossom, and white grape elements. “Sayuri” is a very special Nigori – it is n...

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  • Rihaku "Dreamy Clouds"

    Rihaku "Dreamy Clouds"

    Tokubetsu Junmai Nigori
    from $16.00

    A complex aroma profile touching on steamed rice, cream, slight toffee and a hint of plum skin. This nigori is the complete package for those looki...

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  • Homare Strawberry Nigori

    Homare Strawberry Nigori

    Nigori
    $10.00

    Too many sakes, not enough Beaus. Review coming shortly!   If you are desperate for a review, email us and we'll get Beau on it right away!

  • Murai Family Genshu "Peach River"

    Murai Family Genshu "Peach River"

    Nigori Genshu
    from $14.00

    This unfiltered or "Nigori" sake has a plump nose filled with sweet cream, grape, honey and yogurt elements. At 19.9% alcohol one would expect a ma...

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  • Kizakura "Yellow Cherry Blossom"

    Kizakura "Yellow Cherry Blossom"

    Nigori
    $12.00

    This unfiltered or "Nigori" sake has gentle nose filled with cherry, citrus and cream components. Wow! Looks can be deceiving as this fluffy lookin...

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  • Shirakawago Sasanigori "Bamboo Leaf"

    Shirakawago Sasanigori "Bamboo Leaf"

    Junmai Ginjo Nigori
    from $13.00

    Rice: Hida Homare milled to 55% This simple Ginjo nigori is a creamy coconut slide wrapped in a milky mouth with a great finish, fairly non-descrip...

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  • Kurosawa Nigori "Black Creek"

    Kurosawa Nigori "Black Creek"

    Nigori
    from $9.00

    This is not your prototypical nigori as it is more misty than a white rush, and that is what makes this sake so elegant. The nose on the semi-cloud...

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  • Dassai 45 Nigori "Otter Festival"

    Dassai 45 Nigori "Otter Festival"

    Nigori Junmai Daiginjo
    $30.00

    Wow! What a tasty nigori that is so flavorful and feels so good in the palate. The nose is made up of rose water, cream, apple, and melon aromas. F...

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  • Suehiro Poochi Poochi "Sound of Bubbles Popping"

    Suehiro Poochi Poochi "Sound of Bubbles Popping"

    Sparkling
    $13.00

    A deep and rich aroma is filled with hints of lemons and candy. This Sparkling sake is a refreshing dance of small bubbles with a gentle sweetness....

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  • Dewazakura Tobiroku Ginjo Sparkling "Festival of Stars"

    Dewazakura Tobiroku Ginjo Sparkling "Festival of Stars"

    Ginjo Sparkling Nigori
    from $16.00

    This dryer sparkling sake has a unique nose filled with grape, tangy citrus, plum and yogurt aromas. Tight, crisp and dry this is a “Brut” lovers b...

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  • Musashino Daku

    Musashino Daku

    Junmai Nigori
    $25.00

    Ahhhh! Who said that there is no complexity in Nigori? The nose on this spritzy unfiltered sake is a collection of yogurt and cream tones on a flui...

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  • Ichinokura Suzune "Chiming Bells"

    Ichinokura Suzune "Chiming Bells"

    Sparkling
    $21.00

    This is the most celebrated sparkling sake in Japan and for good reason. The nose on this very limited released brew is a rich collection of yeast,...

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  • Ninki Ichi Sparkling Junmai Ginjo "Natural"

    Ninki Ichi Sparkling Junmai Ginjo "Natural"

    Sparkling Junmai Ginjo
    $17.00

    This sparkling sake is the bubbly result of a second bottle fermentation and not carbonation, which makes it lively and super tasty. The nose on “N...

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  • Kamoizumi Nigori Ginjo Nama "Summer Snow"
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    Kamoizumi Nigori Ginjo Nama "Summer Snow"

    Nigori Junmai Ginjo Nama Genshu
    $30.00

    This unfiltered sake is a nigori fan's dream come true. It is bottled, undiluted and without pasteurization for a true "fresh-from-the vat" taste e...

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  • Ichinokura Suzune Wabi Sparkling
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    Ichinokura Suzune Wabi Sparkling

    Sparkling
    $26.00

    The nose on this sparkling sake that gets its bubbles from a 2nd fermentation in the bottle as opposed to being carbonated is a bright collection o...

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  • Katafune Koshino Sesshu Junmai Nigori

    Katafune Koshino Sesshu Junmai Nigori

    Junmai Nigori
    $31.00

    The nose on this coarsely filtered unfiltered or “Nigori” sake is a loaded with minty, milky, yogurt and vanilla aromas. Say hello to a really cool...

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  • Gokyo Ne Ne "Five Bridges"

    Gokyo Ne Ne "Five Bridges"

    Sparkling
    $18.00

    This luscious sparkling sake has a nose filled with sweet rice, minerals, mint and melon aromas. Use a Champagne flute to catch the most impressive...

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  • Harushika Tokimeki "Sparkling Heartbeats"

    Harushika Tokimeki "Sparkling Heartbeats"

    $16.00

    The nose on this lovingly packaged sparkling sake is a gentle collection of yeast, dried fruits, peach, and cream aromas. Say hello to a very well ...

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  • Fukucho Junmai "Seaside Sparkling"

    Fukucho Junmai "Seaside Sparkling"

    Junmai Sparkling
    $33.00

    The nose on this secondary bottle fermented (not carbonated) sparkling brew is a tight collection of yogurt, cream, yeast, citrus, and Lemonhead Ca...

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  • Gozenshu Bodaimoto Usu Nigori "Nigori of the Ancients"

    Gozenshu Bodaimoto Usu Nigori "Nigori of the Ancients"

    Usu Nigori Junmai
    $32.00

    The nose on this misty “Usu” unfiltered sake is yeasty collection of creamy, sour, and ricey aromas. Talk about a cocktail drinker’s Nigori sake! T...

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  • Heiwa Shuzo Nigori

    Heiwa Shuzo Nigori

    Nigori
    $31.00

    The nose on this very classy cloudy sake has a wonderful collection of vanilla, cream, ice cream, and steamed rice aromas. This is a great addition...

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  • Hakkaisan Sparkling Awa "Clear"
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    Hakkaisan Sparkling Awa "Clear"

    Sparkling
    Original price $46.00
    Current price $32.00

    The nose on this bottle fermented sparkling sake is a great collection of Granny Smith Apple, cream, yeast, popsicle, and grape aromas. Say hello t...

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  • Chiyomusubi Junmai Ginjo Sparkling Sorah “Beautiful Aurora"
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    Chiyomusubi Junmai Ginjo Sparkling Sorah “Beautiful Aurora"

    $75.00

    The nose on this sparkling sake that uses the technique of secondary fermentation is a gentle collection of yeast, rice, white grape, and mineral a...

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