Sho Chiku Bai Classic Junmai

Regular price $8.25

Shipping calculated at checkout


In stock

UPC: 086395 095005
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
Rice: Calrose
Rice Polishing Ratio: 70%
SMV: 3
Kosher Certified Sulfite Free Gluten Free

Legal Limit on Your Sake Purchase

Learn more about legal limits

You must be 21 years or older in order to place orders. Adult signature required upon delivery of all alcohol products.

We are currently shipping sake to the following states:

  • All Sake: AK, CA, DC, FL, MA, MN, MT, NV, NH, NM, NC, ND, OR, SC, VA, & WY
  • Domestic Sake Only: AZ, CO, CT, GA, ID, IL, IA, KS, ME, MD, MI, MO, NY, PA, TX, WA, & WI
  • No products can be shipped outside of the U.S.A. 

Certified Kosher by Orthodox Union

Takara Sake USA produces a variety of Sake and Mirin products that are certified *pareve* by Orthodox Union, the world's leading kosher certifying organization. To find an OU approved item, just look for the "Kosher (OU)" statement appearing to the right of any certified product.

WARNING: Drinking distilled spirits, beer, coolers, wine and other alcoholic beverages may increase cancer risk, and, during pregnancy, can cause birth defects. For more information go to

Do you crave an oaky Chardonnay at the end of the day? Or is a velvety Merlot more your style? You can get the flavor of both when you purchase our award-winning Sho Chiku Bai Classic Junmai. When you serve it warm or at room temperature, the flavor changes, giving you the best of two worlds. You don't have to choose between flavors tonight — just pull out a bottle of classic Junmai sake, and work your way from one flavor profile to the next over a lingering meal. With a savory complex taste, it is the best sake for food-pairing sake and great served both chilled or warmed.

Served chilled this Classic Junmai Sake offers a very fine texture with harmonious aromas and flavors of macadamia nuts, Chai spice (cardamom, nutmeg), vanilla, heavy cream, and freshly sliced bread.

Served at room temperature, notes of mineral, creme fraiche, sourdough bread, custard, umami, and apples emerge.

When warmed to around 100º F., the texture and flavor build, bringing out more intense umami while still retaining softness of texture. Savory elements of salted custard, cocoa nib, banana bread, toasted nuts, and mineral are evident.

Sake: Part of a Long Japanese Tradition

Sake has been around longer than many other traditions associated with Japan. The Imperial Court served sake more than 1,000 years ago during big events such as rituals and special celebrations. Later, many Japanese began drinking sake during everyday occurrences, no longer waiting until a special occasion. The popularity of the drink spread around the world. Today, sake has become a staple across the West and enjoys growing recognition in America as an alternative to traditional wine and beer.

Enjoy Sho Chiku Bai Classic Junmai, From Takara Sake USA Inc.

The number one shop for Junmai and other kinds of sake, Takara has developed a reputation for creating high-quality rice wine that follows many traditional Japanese brewing methods. We offer excellent taste and rely on technology for new ways to make sake that are more efficient and produce a better product. Other benefits of buying our sake Junmai include:

  • Learning more about a new culture and the history of sake when you indulge
  • Finding a wide selection, including a variety of palate-pleasers depending on your tastes
  • Fresh ingredients, such as premium rice from the Sacramento Valley and snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada Mountains

We make the best Junmai sake in the United States. Want to experience it for yourself? Order a bottle from us today.

Taste Profile

Hot Cold Room Temp










Round with savory complexity

Pairing Suggestions

On its own, the nuanced aromas and flavors of Classic Junmai are easily discerned and enjoyed. It is well-suited to lightly seasoned foods, including egg dishes, noodles, rice, sushi, and shrimp tempura. It also complements moderately flavored firm white cheeses, such as gruyere, manche-go and cheddar, and young, very creamy cheeses such as Brillat Savarin and Saint Andre.

Wine Comparisons

Similar to dry, medium-bodied white wines with oak-aging, such as white Burgundy (Chardonnay). When warmed, it’s reminiscent of a Merlot with soft tannins and a soothing finish.
Download Taste Profile