SAKAYA’s Best Selling Specialty Sake for 2015

January 4th, 2016

And our top five selling “specialty sake products” were…


5.  Kikusui Perfect Snow Nigori Genshu



4.  Chikurin Hou Hou Shu Sparkling Sake



3.  Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo Sparkling Nigori


2.  Ume no Yado Aragoshi Umeshu


1.  Ume no Yado Yuzushu


SAKAYA’s Best Selling Sake for 2015

January 2nd, 2016

Our Best Selling Sake in 2015

Here they are, the top ten sake that were most popular among our customers this past year…

10.  Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri Junmai



9.  Kikusui Funaguchi Honjozo Nama Genshu



8.  Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo



7.  Akishika Bambi Junmai



6.  Kikusui Funaguchi Jukusei Ginjo Nama Genshu


5.  Kokuryu “Gohyaku Mangoku” Junmai Ginjo


4.  Midorikawa Junmai


3.  Kubota Senju Ginjo



2.  Kikusui Funaguchi Honjozo Nama Genshu



1.  Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo

SAKAYA’s Best Selling Specialty Sake for 2014

January 5th, 2015

And here are the five best selling specialty sake…

5.  Kikusui Perfect Snow Nigori Genshu


4.  Chikurin Hana Hou Hou Shu Sparkling


3.  Ume no Yado Aragoshi Umeshu



2.  Dassai 50 Nigori Sparkling Sake


1.  Ume no Yado Yuzu

SAKAYA’s Best Selling Sake for 2014

January 2nd, 2015

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



9.  Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo



8.  Midorikawa Junmai


7.  Kokuryu “Gohyaku Mangoku” Junmai Ginjo



6.  Akishika Bambi Junmai Cup



5.  Kikusui Funaguchi Shinshu Honjozo Nama Genshu



4.  Kikusui Funaguchi Jukusei Ginjo Nama Genshu


3.  Masumi “Okuden Kantsukuri” Junmai



2. Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo



1.Kikusui Funaguchi Honjozo Nama Genshu

SAKAYA’s Best Selling Speciality Sake for 2013

January 4th, 2014

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.

SAKAYA’s Best Selling Sake for 2013

January 2nd, 2014

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…

10.  Kurosawa Junmai Kimoto

When you don’t know what you want to drink, it’s a sake you can always rely on for its light, easy drinkability.

9.  Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo

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.

8.  Narutotai Ginjo Nama Genshu

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!

7.  Kokuryu Gohyaku Mangoku Junmai Ginjo

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!

4.  Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo

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.

2.  Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri Junmai

This versatile sake is the “go to” choice for  every-day drinking.

1.  Kikusui Funaguchi Honjozo Nama Genshu

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!


December 2013 Sake Tasting

December 3rd, 2013

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



September 2013 Sake Tastings

September 6th, 2013

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)


July 2013 Sake Tastings

July 10th, 2013

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

June 2013 Sake Tastings

June 3rd, 2013

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)