Archive for January, 2014

SAKAYA’s Best Selling Speciality Sake for 2013

Saturday, 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

Thursday, 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!