About Junmai Daiginjo Sake

About Junmai Daiginjo Sake
Junmai Daiginjo’s have at least 50% of the outer hull milled away. Some high end Junmai Daiginjo’s actually get down to 65% of the hull removed. How much of the outer hull of the rice kernel is a major determinant of the final quality of the saké. The more of the hull that’s removed the higher the quality of the saké and generally the price of it as well. The term "Junmai" literally translates into “pure rice”. This is the older, more traditional method of brewing sake. Junmai Daiginjo saké can only contain four ingredients: rice, water, yeast and koji.

Pair these sakes with sushi, fusion cuisine or even scallops or pork chops.

Top Picks for Junmai Daiginjo Sake

Asahi Shuzo  Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo Sake
97 points
$92
White gold color. Attractive, sour aromas of bitter melon, yuzu shrub, white balsamic drizzled pineapple, and mirin with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length exotic salt, almost-ripe strawberry, starfruit cream, and jicama finish. A silky and very appetizing sake that will be best with lighter fish varieties.
Mizbasho  Junmai Daiginjo
93 points
$29
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple husk, asian pear, and anise seed with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and an even, refreshing, medium-length finish that exhibits suggestions of nectarine custard, spiced melon, radish, and ginger finish. A delightfully fruity and delicate spicy daiginjo.
Yaegaki  "Mu" Junmai Daiginjo
93 points
$30
Pale silvery straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of waxy honeycomb and apple, macadamia brittle, fennel, and leaves with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish imparting accents of coconut milk, papaya custard, and water chestnut finish. A rich, round and creamy sake with interesting savory, earthy nuances.
Yaegaki  "Mu" Black Label Junmai Daiginjo
93 points
$50
Brilliant silvery emerald straw color. Buttery, candied floral piney aromas and flavors of rice pudding, cinnamon roll, dried tropical fruits, and dusty balsa with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, medium-long finish with shades of coconut cream, delicate spiced nuts, and pepper finish. A fruity, engaging sake.
Tohoku Meijo  Hatsumago Junmai Daiginjo Shozui Sake
92 points
$50
Brilliant silvery emerald straw color. Spicy aromas of apple-cinnamon yogurt, baking spices, mulberry, fresh cut grass, clove studded orange peel, and soy glazed walnuts with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, nuanced, long key lime cheesecake, buttered brioche, and green peppercorn finish. An excellent Daiginjo with endless complexities and fine structure.
Ichishima  Junmai Daiginjo Sake
92 points
$70
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of cashew fruit and nougat, apples in vanilla cream, melon rind, and coconut custard tart with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length finish imparting accents of nectarine and starfruit, golden beet, honeyed nuts, and bibb lettuce finish. A nice balance of fruit and savory vegetable tones make this a natural choice for the table.
Yaegaki  Mu Black Label Junmai Daiginjo Sake
91 points
$50
Clear silvery straw color. Umami aromas of taro custard, sunflower oil, pickled plum, and chinese 5 spice with a silky, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long white tea, lime spritzed honeydew, and strawberry yogurt finish. A mouthwatering Daiginjo that craves fatty fish or rich sauces.
Yaegaki  Mu Junmai Daiginjo
91 points
$30
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey roasted apple and pear, white chocolate macadamia cookie, sun-dried tomato, and cheese puff with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish with notes of spiced watermelon and mango, water chestnut and bamboo shoot, yellow pepper, and cedar finish. A lively and engaging Junmai Daiginjo with a chewy appetizing texture.
Ichishima  Junmai Daiginjo Sake
90 points
$70
White gold color. Grainy aromas and flavors of rice flakes, baked pear in cream, almond skin, and hint of crayon with a bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed finish that exhibits overtones of peppered jicama, rice pudding with powdered sugar, and cashew brittle finish. A pleasant, relaxing sake with a nice creaminess.
Four Fox  Junmai Daiginjo Sake
88 points
$60
White gold color. Dusty aromas and flavors of powdered milk and almond flour with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, charming, snappy finish with elements of papaya, cream of rice cereal, and cashew fruit finish. An interesting grain-forward daiginjo.