Best Inexpensive Sake

220469
Hakutsuru
Superior Junmai Ginjo Sake
Silvery straw color. Fruity aromas of pineapple and papaya in cream, green apple, and cashew nougat with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a seamless, engaging, breezy fruit salad, banana, and pickled melon rind finish. A wonderfully bright and appetizing Junmai ginjo sake.
93 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220461
SakéMoto
Junmai Sake
White gold color. Aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple, apple, and papaya with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, long melon balls, almond milk, banana chips, and birch bark finish. A rich, round, flavorful Juneau with great style and balance.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220472
Momokawa
Lightly Sweet Ruby Junmai Ginjo Sake
Light silver color. Inviting aromas and flavors of banana yogurt, spiced melon and tangerine, and cinnamon rice pudding with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-long coconut water and milk, white strawberry, and almond brittle finish. An attractive, well-composed sake that is sure to please.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220473
Momokawa
Medium Dry Diamond Junmai Ginjo Sake
Light silver color. Interesting aromas and flavors of ironed linen, floral tropical fruits, tamarind and edamame, and molded wax or plastic toy with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, cheery taro root pudding, melon, coconut rice cake, and mushroom finish. A dry, understated sake that will shine at the table.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220474
Moonstone
Coconut Lemongrass Nigori Sake
Hazy silver color. Aromas and flavors of piña colada, lemongrass tea, and rice pudding with a satiny, bright, fruity sweet medium body and a polished, easy coconut custard finish. A fun flavored sake with a sweet tropical twist, try in piña coladas, with juices, or on ice.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220574
Yaegaki
Cloud Nigori Sake
Cloudy silver color. Aromas and flavors of banana-lime keffir, warm rice pudding, macadamia nougat, and buttercream frosting with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length spiced jicama and honey roasted nuts finish. A pleasant Nigori for desserts.
85 points $5 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220470
Suisen Shuzo
Kibo Sake
Bright silver color. Curious, vegetal aromas and flavors of soy soaked vegetables, chives, and mushrooms, roasted root vegetables, chlorine pool concrete, and bit o honey candy with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, odd, medium honey roasted apples and nutshells, bamboo and tree bark, pepper, and paper finish. A savory, earthy mash-up of umami and fruit that will be fun to pair with.
85 points $6 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab