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The Ty Ku Junmai Ginjo Sake

ty ku sake The Ty Ku Junmai Ginjo SakeA Japanese Sake “Rapidly becoming the most popular Sake in the United States”

By Matt Goldstein

TY KU Sake Black is rapidly becoming the most popular sake in the U.S..  TY KU Sake Black is specially craft brewed in Nara, Japan, home of the world’s first sake brewery dating back to 680 A.D.  Junmai Ginjo sake utilizes 45% milled sake rice and represents the only top 6% of all sake in the world.  Recipient of the prestigious 5 Star Diamond Award, Gold Medal at the San Francisco Wine Competition and Platinum Medal (Best in Show) at the World Beverage Competition, we fall right in line with these judges.  This is an excellent Sake and a must for all Sake lovers.

ty ku sake range The Ty Ku Junmai Ginjo SakeTy Ku Junmai Gingo Tasting Notes:

Having a moderate sour flavor with a good bite and good medium crisp finish with a sour tart kick.  This Sake is more crisp when chilled and is also light and smooth.  A bit sweet and sometimes syrupy mouthfeel, we love this Sake!   

Ty Ku Junmai Gingo Sake uses the following all natural ingredients:  

RICE – Specialty Yamada Nishiki & Akebono rice. 45% of rice grain milled away for purity.

WATER – Pristine iron-free natural spring water from the mountains of Japan.

YEAST – Famed #9 yeast strain brings forth delightful fragrance and aroma.

KOJI – Handmade koji rounds out the full-body and flavor.


Sake vs. Wine

As opposed to wine, sake is generally 100% free of sulfites, tannins, gluten and has a much lower acidity. Sake may also have up to 400 flavor components while wine typically has no more than 200. As a result, sake pairs well with a wider variety of food. Enjoy premium sake like a white wine, slightly chilled in your favorite white wine glass.




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The Benihana Premium Sake Flight: Sho Chiku Bai Nigori, Suigei, and Dassai Sake’s

benihana japanese steakhouse hibachi The Benihana Premium Sake Flight: Sho Chiku Bai Nigori, Suigei, and Dassai Sake’sBy Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

Sake, a rice based alcoholic beverage from Japan, often called Rice Wine, is making a major ressurgance in the world of alcohol, especially the United States.  Benihana, the hibachi chain restaurant now serves two flights of Sake, the standard flight and the premium flight, where you can sample three sakes each.  We drank both, of course.  Did you expect anything less?  One thing we’d like to do at Whiskey Goldmine is drink more sake, much more sake.  Check these three Sake’s and sample some rice wine whenever you can, best served cold.  Sake is based on a scale of -20 (sweetest) to +20 (driest). 


sho chiku bai nigor creme sake The Benihana Premium Sake Flight: Sho Chiku Bai Nigori, Suigei, and Dassai Sake’sSho Chiku Bai Nigori Crème de Sake:

The Sho Chiku Bai is a cream based Sake and actually white in color.  Made in Berkley CA by Janmai Nigori, the Sho Chiku Bai is rated at -15.  With a good rice, full and sweet scent, the flavor is slightly tart and crisp.  Perhaps a hint of metallic, the vanilla is a bit off.  The sour vanilla might not be the best balance, and the crisp kick goes flat very quickly, but it did have a good crisp kick in the last sip.  This Sake is somewhere between OK and good.


Suigei Drunken Whale Sake:

The Suigei Sake by Tokubetsu Junmai in Kochi Japan is rated at a +7.  With a scent of a light white wine, a crisp and light flavor and feel, there is not much rice flavor.  The Suigei is thin with a good bite and a hint of lemon.  This is a very good sake, complex and crisp and very well balance.  We absolutely recommend the Suigei sake.    


dassai otter fest sake The Benihana Premium Sake Flight: Sho Chiku Bai Nigori, Suigei, and Dassai Sake’sDassai Otter Fest Sake:

Dassai Sake is made by Junmai Dai Ginjo in Yamaguchi Japan and rated at +4.  This sake has a strong and sweet scent of rice with a full thick mouthfeel.  Tart, with a strong bite in the finish, it gets better as you sip.  Slightly dry, sweet, light and refreshing, this Sake is excellent.  Dassai Sake is a flatout out stud and we highly recommend it.







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