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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.

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    Hakutsuru Sayuri Junmai Nigori "Little Lily"

    best selling nigori.
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    This coarsely filtered sake has a very light nose filled with cream, cherry blossom, and white grape elements. “Little Lily” is a very special Nigo...

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    Rihaku Tokubetsu Junmai Nigori "Dreamy Clouds"

    the connoisseur's nigori.
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    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 look...

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    Homare Strawberry Nigori

    semi-thick, semi-rich, strawberry.
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    The nose on this incredibly popular infused Nigori is a very straightforward collection of strawberry, cream, honey, and rice aromas. A super fan-f...

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    Murai Family Nigori Genshu "Peach River"

    very strong, very cloudy.
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    This coarsely filtered or Nigori sake has a plump nose filled with sweet cream, grape, honey, and yogurt elements. At 19.9% ABV, one would expect a...

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    Dassai NIGORI Junmai Daiginjo 45 "Otter Festival"

    soft and elegant.
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    Wow! 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. Fruit...

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    Shirakawago Sasanigori Junmai Ginjo Nigori "Bamboo Leaf"

    smooth, silky, clean.
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    The nose on this perennial cloudy sake favorite is a nice collection of steamed rice, vanilla, raisin, yogurt, and yeasty aromas. Basically, this i...

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    Dewazakura Tobiroku Ginjo Sparkling Nigori "Festival of Stars"

    a brut lovers bubbly brew.
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    This drier Sparkling sake has a unique nose filled with grape, tangy citrus, plum and yogurt aromas. Tight, crisp and dry, this is a “Brut” lovers ...

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    Kizakura Nigori "Yellow Cherry Blossom"

    a kyoto classic.
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    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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    Suehiro Poochi Poochi Sparkling "Sound of Bubbles Popping"

    steamed rice, hay, effervescent.
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    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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    Dassai Sparkling 45 "Otter Festival"

    bubbly, bright, creamy.
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    The nose on this Sparkling sake has a clever collection of grape, melon, rice, apple, and cream aromas. Say "Goodbye" to Dassai Sparkling 50 and sa...

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    Ichinokura Suzune Sparkling "Chiming Bells"

    discovered for the usa by true sake.
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    This is the most celebrated Sparkling sake in Japan, and for good reason. The nose on this very limited release brew is a rich collection of yeast,...

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    Kamoizumi Nigori Ginjo Nama "Summer Snow"

    melon, cotton candy, voluptuous.
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    *NOTE: This sake is unpasteurized. We can ship unpasteurized sake, however it is at the customer's discretion. It's best to avoid shipping unpasteu...

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    Senkin Nigori Genshu Junmai Daiginjo "Snowman"

    candy apple, lively, crisp.
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    The nose on this cloudy sake is a mild collection of peach, rock sugar, cookie frosting, cherry, yogurt, and creamy aromas. A mischievous Nigori th...

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    Ichinokura Suzune Sparkling "Wabi"

    extremely elegant, flavorful.
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    The nose on this Sparkling sake that gets its bubbles from a second fermentation in the bottle (as opposed to being carbonated) is a bright collect...

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    Fukucho Junmai "Seaside Sparkling"

    bright, pear, crisp.
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    The nose on this secondary bottle fermented (not carbonated) Sparkling brew is a tight collection of yogurt, cream, yeast, citrus, and Lemonhead™ c...

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    Niwa no Uguisu Doburoku

    kiwi, sweet, illegal.
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    This sake is a throwback to when people used to make their own hooch or “moonshine sake” that was illegal, not approved by the government and wasn’...

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    Heiwa Shuzo Nigori

    pear, soft, classy.
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    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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    Katafune Junmai Nigori

    Junmai Nigori
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    The nose on this coarsely filtered or Nigori sake is loaded with mint, milk, yogurt and vanilla aromas. Say hello to a really cool sake. Why cool? ...

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    Gokyo Ne Ne Sparkling "Five Bridges"

    grapes, chewy, quick.
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    This luscious Sparkling sake has a nose filled with sweet rice, minerals, mint, and melon aromas. Use a Champagne flute to catch the most impressiv...

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    Momokawa Yuki Tora Nigori Cup “Snow Tiger”

    horchata, crème brûlée, smooth.
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    The nose on this cloudy sake is a gentle collection of cream, warm milk, toasted rice, and mozzarella aromas. Chewy, slippery, soft, and smooth thi...

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    Harushika Tokimeki Sparkling "Heartbeats"

    balanced, creamy, refreshing.
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    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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    Gozenshu Bodaimoto Usu Nigori "Nigori of the Ancients"

    unripe pear, sour apple, fun!
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    The nose on this misty unfiltered sake is yeasty collection of creamy, sour, and ricey aromas. Talk about a cocktail drinker’s Nigori sake! This sn...

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    Homare Chocolat Nigori

    cocoa, chocolate, dessert.
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    The nose on this is a collection of sweet, cocoa, hot chocolate, and chocolate powder drink aromas. Behold, a chocolate Nigori that drinks pretty m...

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    Kiuchi Kikusakari Junmai Sparkling "Awashizuku"

    refreshing, crisp, sweet.
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    From the importer B. United International: Kiuchi Brewery's, makers of Hitachino Nestbeer, “AWASHIZUKU” is a sweet sparkling sake with a lower abv....

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