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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!


December 2013 Sake Tasting

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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)

April 2013 Sake Tastings

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

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

SAKAYA’s Best Selling Speciality Sake for 2012

Monday, January 7th, 2013

From among the specialty sake (nigori, sparkling, flavored) this year’s top five best sellers in ascending order….

5. Chikurin Hana Hou Hou Shu Sparkling

Unique rose petal and hibiscus flavors have made this pretty pink potion plenty popular!

4. Dassai 50 Sparkling Nigori

Best balance of effervescence, sweet, and dry flavor.

3. Kikusui “Perfect Snow” Nigori Genshu

A no-nonsense nigori that packs a punch!

2. Ume no Yado Aragoshi Umeshu

A blend of pureed ume, honjozo sake, and added  sugar at a price that can’t be beat!

1.  Ume no Yado Yuzu

The undefeated champion among the specialty sake since year one.

SAKAYA’s Best Selling Sake for 2012

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

It’s time for our annual countdown of our best selling sake for the year just ended.  There might be a surprise or two here but we see the shifts among our top ten as being reflective not only of growing interest in sake as an everyday beverage choice, but also of a deeper involvement and appreciation for the variety of different styles.  And so without further ado….

10.  Jitsuraku Tokubetsu Junmai

Good quality, price/value brew with toasted rice and caramel flavors.

9.  Kurosawa Junmai Kimoto

Also good price/value and everyday drinking sake.

8.  Narutotai Ginjo Nama Genshu

Easy to see why it has a such devoted fan base that loves its bold. lively character.

7.  Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo

A year round favorite, popular among those who know Niigata sake.

6.  Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo (720ml)

Has a growing following, many of whom purchase more than a bottle at a time!

5.  Masumi Arabashiri Junmai Ginjo Nama

The most popular seasonal namazake that we offer each spring.

4.  Kokuryu Gohyaku Mangoku “Black Dragon” Junmai Ginjo

After all 2012 was the “Year of the Dragon….”

3.  Akishika “Bambi” Junmai

Just too cute to pass up!

2.  Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo

The Dassai boom continues!

1.  Kikusui Funaguchi Nama Genshu

Our reigning champ for five years running…

November 2012 Sake Tastings

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Our November tasting schedule is curtailed somewhat due to the week-long power outage courtesy of Hurricane Sandy.   This month we’ll be hosting a visit from a 250 year-old Kobe-based brewer to introduce his sake to the U.S.,  debuting the newly arrived Fall seasonal sake (Hiyaoroshi), and featuring a new offering from a brewer new to the U.S. this past summer.

Saturday, November 10, 2012, 5-7pm

Fukuju Junmai Ginjo & Fukuju Junmai Tasting (Hyogo)

Saturday, November 17, 2012, 5-7pm

Hiyaoroshi Sake Tasting

Urakasumi Tokubetsu Junmai Hiyaoroshi (Miyagi), Wakatake Onikoroshi Tokubetsu Junmai Hiyaoroshi (Shizuoka), & Otokoyama Tokubetsu Junmai Kimoto Hiyaoroshi (Hokkaido)

Saturday, November 24, 2012, 5-7pm

Kuroushi Omachi Junmai Ginjo Tasting (Wakayama)