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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