Happy New Year! Here without fanfare or elaboration are the top sellers at SAKAYA for 2014. Most importantly, thank you for your support!!
10. Masumi Junmai Ginjo Arabashiri
8. Midorikawa Junmai
5. Kikusui Funaguchi Shinshu Honjozo Nama Genshu
4. Kikusui Funaguchi Jukusei Ginjo Nama Genshu
Sake that veer away from nihonshu made solely from rice, water, yeast, and koji we refer to as “specialty sake.” Included in this category are: nigorizake (cloudy sake), umeshu, yuzushu, and sparkling sake. These are the top sellers among what tend to be sweeter products created by sake brewers…
5. Chikurin Hou Hou Shu Sparkling
Light, festive, and fun with a touch of sweetness.
4. Dassai 50 Sparkling Nigori Junmai Daiginjo
A top grade sparkler with effervescence that is comparable to sparkling wine.
3. Ume no Yado Aragoshi Umeshu
A “cloudy” umeshu with pureed ume blended into a honjozo sake base with added sugar.
2. Chikurin Hana Hou Hou Shu Sparkling
Slightly pink in color with rose petal and hisbus flavors infused.
1. Ume no Yado Yuzu
This Japanese citrus-flavored sake has been the most popular in this category for the last six years.
Happy New Year to all! And with the advent of 2014, it’s time to recap our customers’ favorite sake of the past year. So here are our top ten best sellers counting down from number ten…
When you don’t know what you want to drink, it’s a sake you can always rely on for its light, easy drinkability.
Our number one selling “top shelf” super premium, its devotees love its concentrated juicy pear and vanilla flavors and show it since by purchasing multiple bottles.
Our most popular year-round namazake in the 720 ml size. Once tasted, it never fails to win new converts to the nama cause. People also just can’t resist the package!
The rising popularity of this sake is testimony to the ever-increasing sophistication of American sake drinkers.
6. Kikusui Funaguchi Shinshu
There’s just something about sake in a small can…
5. Akishika Bambi Junmai
Who can resist Bambi, especially in a one cup sake!
A simpler, more affordable, but still elegant offering from the brewer of Dassai 23.
3. Kikusui Funaguchi Jukusei Ginjo Nama Genshu
This one-year aged Ginjo version of Kikusui Funaguchi has built a following much like its original sibling.
This versatile sake is the “go to” choice for every-day drinking.
And, for the 6th year running, the power of what is now known as “the gold can” (since there are now three nama small can offerings from Kikusui) prevails as our customers top choice!
We look forward to the outcome of 2014 and to your visiting us to cast your votes in the coming year!
Our 6th year anniversary celebration kicks off our schedule of tastings for the festive holiday season…
Friday, December 6, 2013, 6-8pm
SAKAYA Anniversary Tastings
Kokuryu “Ryu” Daiginjo, Kirinzan Junmai Daiginjo, Taiheizan Junmai Daiginjo, Oze no Yukidoke Junmai Daiginjo
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 5-7pm
SAKAYA Anniversary Tastings
Kubota Manju Junmai Daiginjo, Kotsuzumi “Rojo Hana Ari” Junmai Daiginjo, Wataribune Junmai Daiginjo, Born Muroka Nama Genshu Junmai Daiginjo
Friday, December 13, 2013, 6-8pm
Dewazakura Daiginjo Tasting
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 5-7pm
Special New Dassai Sake Tasting
Saturday, December 21, 2013, 5-7pm
Tsukasa Botan Fu-In Junmai Ginjo Tasting
Friday, December 27, 2013, 6-8pm
Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai Namazake Tasting
Happy Sake Holidays!
Rick & Hiroko
Goodbye to summer! But along with the coming of fall is The Joy of Sake on September 26! And, of course, a new slate of great fall sake tastings….
Saturday, September 7, 2013, 5-7pm
Aramasa Rokugo Tokubetsu Junmai Tasting (Akita)
Friday, September 13, 2013, 6-8pm
Hanaabi Junmai Daiginjo Tasting (Saitama)
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 5-7pm
Fuku Chitose Junmai Yamahai Tasting (Fukui)
With the NYC weather mimicking the heat and humidity that typify summer in Japan, we’re offering up these tastings this month to provide some distraction and a measure of relief…
Saturday, July 6, 2013, 5-7pm
Oze no Yukidoke Junmai Tasting
Saturday, July 13, 2013, 5-7pm
Ohyama Nama Tokubetsu Junmai Tasting
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 5-7pm
Kubota Senju Honjozo Tasting
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 5-7pm
Shichihonyari Junmai Tasting
It’s the rainy season in Japan and it seems as though the weather gods are treating us likewise. So join us for our tastings this month and do as the Japanese do this time of year…drink sake!
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 5-7pm
Naraman Origarami Junmai Nama Tasting (Fukushima)
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 5-7pm
Kokuryu “Gohyaku Mangoku” Junmai Ginjo Tasting (Fukui)
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 5-7pm
Hakkaisan Brewery Tasting (Niigata)
Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo & Hakkaisan Ginjo
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 5-7pm
Kenbishi “Kuromatsu” Honjozo Tasting (Hyogo)
Saturday, June 29, 2013, 5-7pm
Shichihonyari Junmai Tasting (Shiga)
As the long-awaited Spring weather finally seems to have arrived, we welcome it with a series of celebratory tastings….
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 5-7pm
Taiheikai Tokubetsu Junmai Tasting
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 5-7pm
Kotsuzumi Junmai Ginjo Nama Tasting
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 5-7pm
Rihaku Junmai Ginjo Tasting
Saturday, May 25, 2013, 5-7pm
Kagatobi Junmai Ginjo Tasting
Please join us! We look forward to seeing you at SAKAYA!
Rick & Hiroko
Freshly brewed Namazake is making its way to NYC and we’re delighted to offer them at our tastings this month after the initial sampling of a storied “sake survivor” of the 3/11/11 earthquake and tsunami.
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 5-7pm
Hakurakusei Tokubetsu Junmai Tasting (Miyagi)
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 5-7pm
Denshin Haru Namazake Tasting (Fukui)
Friday, April 19, 2013, 6-8pm
Masumi Arabashiri Namazake Tasting (Nagano)
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 5-7pm
Naraman Origarami Namazake Tasting (Fukushima)