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Sake Classification

Classification of Premium Sake

Rice polishing ratio defines quality and taste

For high quality sake, the rice is polished before processing in order to obtain the highest possible proportion of the starch, which is concentrated in the centre of the sake rice grain. The smaller the rice polishing ratio, the finer and more aromatic the sake will be.

rice polishing ratio

Production share of Sake in Japan

Percentages on the bottle show production share in Japan. All sake in Junmai categories are brewed from polished rice and water only. For other premium sake it is allowed to add brewer’s alcohol under 10% of rice weight. For non-premium sake it is allowed to add more alcohol and other ingredients like glutamate.

Production share of Saké in Japan

Categories of Premium Sake

Junmai Daiginjo Sake
Junmai Daiginjo is a particularly high-quality premium sake with a rice polishing rate below 50%. It is brewed exclusively from water and rice without the addition of alcohol. Junmai Daiginjo shows a special harmony between aromas and flavors. It is an exquisite pairing from the starter to the main course.
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Daiginjo Sake
Daiginjo is a particularly high quality premium sake with a rice polishing ratio below 50%. The slight addition of brewed alcohol shortly before pressing releases additional aromas from the mash. Daiginjo is particularly aroma-intensive and shows a very soft texture. A pleasure for special moments.
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Junmai Ginjo Sake
Junmai Ginjo is a high quality premium sake that is brewed exclusively from water and rice without the addition of alcohol. The rice polishing ratio is below 60%. Junmai Ginjo has a slightly fruity aroma and a full-bodied taste. It is a versatile food companion.
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Ginjo Sake
Ginjo is a high quality premium sake with a rice polishing rate below 60%. Ginjo allows the addition of brewing alcohol in small quantities. Ginjo is fermented for a long time at a low temperature. It is fruity and aromatic with a delicate taste. It pairs well with light meals.
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Junmai Sake
Junmai is a premium sake, brewed exclusively from water and rice without the addition of brewed alcohol. Junmai has a strong and full-bodied taste profile. It is often brewed from regional rice varieties and represents the terroir. Usually it can be enjoyed cold and warm.
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Honjozo Sake
Honjozo is a premium sake that allows the addition of alcohol up to 10% of the rice weight. Honjozo's rice polishing ratio is below 70%. Honjozo usually appears light and fresh and goes particularly well with fish and seafood. Honjozo can usually be enjoyed cold and warm.
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