Sho Chiku Bai Tokubetsu Junmai

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UPC: 086395 098501
Brewed in: Berkeley, CA
ABV: 15.0%
Rice: Calrose
Rice Polishing Ratio: 60%
SMV: 3
Kosher Certified Sulfite Free Gluten Free

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Certified Kosher by Orthodox Union

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You have so many choices when it comes to sake, so why should you sample our Sho Chiku Bai Tokubetsu Junmai? The versatility of this unique beverage keeps people coming back to it again and again. It's unlike any type of wine or beer you've tasted before. It has a slight sweetness that gets stronger when you chill it, and when you drink it warm, it gets a little spicier. You'll enjoy these subtle changes throughout your drinking experience — it's one reason people adore our Tokubetsu Junmai sake.

As the word, Tokubetsu means “special,” the sake is created with rice polished to 60%. While it is ideal for food pairing with rich in umami, particularly when served warm, the sake-making combined with the GinJikomi process of low-temperature fermentation provides subtle, fruity flavors with smooth texture and body. It is perfect for serving both chilled or warmed.

Served warm, this premium Junmai sake presents with aromas of warmed buckwheat, spice, damp wood and hot, briny water. Flavors of dried mushroom, spice and dashi prevail. As the sake cools, the flavor focus evolves toward a suggestion of wheat toast, accented by melon, and salted Asian pear.

Served chilled, aromas and flavors of less intensity and a different character emerge; the sake becomes slightly fuller, with aromas and flavors of mineral, vanilla, custard, cinnamon, fresh dough, and toasted rice.

Pay Homage to Japanese Tradition With Tokubetsu Junmai

Many Americans do not know the history of sake in Japan. The beverage is made from fermented rice, and it became popular in the Imperial Court more than 1,000 years ago. Court members indulged in sake during special celebrations, but not at other times. It took centuries for sake to become an everyday part of life.

Today, cultures around the world, including many in the West, have embraced sake. Takara Sake USA Inc. is the United States' number one source for traditional Japanese sake.

Buy Our SHO CHIKU BAI Tokubetsu Junmai

How did we earn our outstanding reputation? We combine tradition with technology in making our sake. We use smart tools to make the process faster, but we don't lose any of the important parts of the classic recipe. Plus, we employ outstanding ingredients to ensure high quality, like premium rice from the the Sacramento Valley and snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Other reasons our brand stands out follow:

  • Everything we make domestically is kosher.
  • All of our products are gluten-free, sulfite-free and animal-product-free.
  • Our huge selection means everyone can find something that pleases their palate.

Whether you need to unwind after work or share a drink with a friend, you want the best Tokubetsu Junmai sake. Buy a bottle from Takara today.

Taste Profile

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Juicy, umami-rich, flavors of savory bread

Pairing Suggestions

Tokubetsu Junmai is very good on it’s own—warmed or chilled. When warmed or served at room temperature it pairs well with mildly seasoned, savory dishes such as mushroom quiche, grilled eel (without sauce), miso soup and roast chicken. Served at room temperature, it harmonizes well with blue cheese and moderately flavored, aged, white cheeses such as cheddar and gruyere. Served chilled, this sake complements delicate savory items, grilled chicken breast, sheep gouda, young gruyere cheese, and very creamy, mild cheeses such as Brillat Savarin.

Wine Comparisons

Dry, medium-bodied white, such as sur lie-aged whites from Burgundy and Chinon, or savory Pinot FALSEir from France and Germany
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