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.