Ask for Sake in a bar in Japan and you are likely to get a confused look. The word Sake actually means 'liquor' or alcohol, and their common word for rice wine is actually Nihonshu, but is generally labelled as 'Seishu'! That's not even the most confusing thing about Sake. Strictly speaking it is not wine, but a strong beer and the quality of it depends mostly on how the rice is 'polished' before fermentation. A special type of starchy rice is used for Sake and it has to be polished to remove protein and bran, leaving a starch rich core. Two basic types exist, Futsū-shu is plain or table sake whilst Tokutei meishō-shu is premium Sake with a high degree of polishing. There are several types of Tokutei meishō-shu which are named accordingly to degree of polishing and also brewing methods.
Grown in the Nara Province, West Japan, local rice is harvested to make Choya Sake. A smooth an..
€16.50 Ex Tax: €13.64
A light delicate sake with nice fruitiness and delicate floral and rice grain flavours. The rice use..
€25.99 Ex Tax: €21.48
Produced by Hokkan Sake Brewing, this Japanese sake comes from the Tochigi region. Wi..
€24.99 Ex Tax: €20.65
The Daiginjo Akashi-Tai is made using 100% Yamada Nishiki rice grown in Hyogo Prefecture. A brew mas..
€41.31 Ex Tax: €34.14
The Genmai Akashi-Tai was first created in 2002 using the finest of rices for sake — Yamada Ni..
€54.10 Ex Tax: €44.71
Honjozo Akashi-Tai’s sake is made to be slightly lighter in style than their other types of sa..
€25.57 Ex Tax: €21.13
The undiluted Honjozo Akashi-Tai is a satisfyingly full-bodied sake. This is the drink the brew mast..
€29.50 Ex Tax: €24.38
One of Akashi-Tai’s flagship products, using fine polished rice and extra long brewing to prod..
€49.18 Ex Tax: €40.64