Koji Sake 米花清酒

Dry Sake Set

$600 $750
The 'Dry Sake Set' is made for those who enjoy dryer tasting Sake! This set includes 3 sake that have different sake meter values (nihonshu-do) which are all +1 or higher, allowing drinkers to experience a variety of dry sake, each with their own distinct profile!

Our Certified Japanese Sake Sommelier has shared their knowledge on dryness and sweetness in sake. Click here to learn!

Food pairing tips!

Dryer sake pair well with delicate dishes i.e. beef/seafood carpaccios or canapes. Its dryness accentuates distinct flavors found in dishes like these, allowing you to fully appreciate each bite. They can also alleviate the richness found in fried or salty dishes like fried chicken or cured products i.e. Prosciutto or Smoked Salmon, cleansing your palate and stopping you from getting full easily. In conclusion, dryer sake is the go-to for pairing with a wider range of food.

This set is a fantastic way to enhance your sake-food pairing skills, giving you the opportunity to create some memorable get-togethers/events for your friends and family!

Products included:

Rikyubai Shizuka Junmai Ginjo 利休梅 静香 純米吟醸 720ml
Sake meter value: +3
Dryness: Slightly dry 

Tasting Notes: An aromatic fruity nose with a subtle honeydew melon sweetness and white chocolate palate. The finish is elegant and short.

Hiokizakura Gouriki Junmai Ginjo 日置桜 強力 純米吟醸 720ml
Sake meter value: +8.4
Dryness: Dry

Tasting Notes: Subtle nose with a rich, smooth taste that is sweetened when warmed. The slight hint of acidity goes very well with savory dishes.

*Keep under 5°C to maintain its quality*
Sake meter value: +15(Target)
Dryness: Dry

Tasting Notes: This sake has a bouquet of broth, mushrooms, and slight nutty notes. Consists of chicken broth like umami that is savory. Even though its label with super dry, it’s is still approachable for most people.

Looking for sweeter Sake? Click 'Sweet Sake Set'
If you're not too sure about your preference, click 'Dry vs. Sweet Sake Set'

More often than not, you will come across certain "specialist" terms used on sake labels.

Here is a short list for your ease of reference. If you come across to any terms which you don't understand on any sake purchased from us, please feel free to contact us, we are more than happy to assist.

古酒

Ko Shu:

This is aged sake. Not all sake can be aged and the result depends largely on the aging conditions. Although most aged sake becomes "sherry" like, there are some which are aged in ice cold conditions becomes dryer and richer in flavour. Because of the wide variety of results, it is best to consult with our sake specialist before buying a bottle of Ko Shu.

 

濁り

Nigori

Also know as "cloudy sake". In nigori sake, the sake is passed through a coarser mesh allowing some of the lees (rice remnants) to pass through. The taste of nigori sake is less refined and more textured and rich. It goes very well with spicy food (such as Korean kimchi dishes).

 

原酒

Genshu

Usually water is added to the pressed sake, thereby the alcohol level is diluted to 16 to 18%. For Genshu, water has not been added and the alcohol level will be around 20%, the natural rate for sake.

 

貴醸酒

Kijoushu:

Normally water is added to sake after fermentation. For kijoushu, some sake is used in place of some of the water added. The result is a rich, dessert like sake that is often aged/. Many compares this with sherry and port.

 

生酒

Nama Shu:

Sake is usually pasteurized twice, once before storing in a tank and one before bottling. Nama shu is unpasteurised sake and must be stored in refrigerator.

 

生貯蔵

Nama Chozo

Nama Chozo means that the sake is not pasteurized before storage in a tank, but is pasteurized before bottling.

 

生卸 /生詰

Nama Oroshi/

Nama Zume :

Nama Zume is pasteurized before storage in a tank but not pasteurized again before bottling.

 

 

ふなしぼり

Funashibori :

 

 

After fermentation, sale is pressed. There are different methods of pressing, which will yield different tasting sake. Funashibori is sake pressed in a traditional wooden box and not with a pressing machine.

 

Shizuku:

Shizuku is sake "pressed" by allowing it to drip from cotton bags, with no pressure applied. It is more time consuming and costly than other pressing methods

 

あらばしり

Arabashiri :

After fermentation, sale is pressed. There are different methods of pressing, which will yield different tasting sake. Arabashiri is the first one third of the sake yield, which run off under the pull of gravity alone when pressing with a fune or wooden box.

 

中取り

Nakadori:

Nakadori is the "middle" yield of the sake. It is the next third of the sake yield after arabashiri. This is often considered the best.

 

責め

Seme:

Seme is the "final" yield of the sake. It is the last third of the sake after nakadori. It often considered the least desirable due to it's deep bitter taste.

 

斗ビン(斗瓶)囲い

Toubin-gakoi:

Sake is put in 18 litre bottles (called "toubin") when pressed. This term implies that the sake is pressed with a wooden box ("fune") or drip pressed ("shizuku")

 

 

We will add to this list as it goes. 

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