About Futsu-Shu Sake

About Futsu-Shu Sake
Saké that has less than 30% of the unwanted elements milled away is called Futsu-shu and is politely referred to as “bulk saké”. Futsu-shu is not a regulated beverage by the Japanese government and may have a variety of additives including sweeteners, colorings and bulk alcohol.

These are not considered as refined or as flavorful as the finest sakes, so keep that in mind when selecting sake for exotic cuisine. These are the sakes that should be served warm.

Top Picks for Futsu-Shu Sake

Manotsuru  "Crane" Karakuchi Sake
86 points
$11
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of cantaloupe, caper berry, fondant, and lanolin with a lean, bright, dryish light body and a polished, brisk finish displaying nuances of chalk and hints of rose. An easy-drinking Futsu-Shu for effortless casual pairings.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Kigen  Sake
84 points
$5
Best Buy
Silver color. Aromas of asian pear, red apple, pineapple, cracked peppercorn, and ginger with a supple, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, brisk banana chips and pastry finish. A zesty Futsu-Shu sake for anytime sipping.
84 points $5 Best Buy
Lucky Cup  Sake
84 points
$5
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas of peaches in cream, starfruit, coconut, and almond with a supple, bright, dry thin body and a polished, brisk acacia finish. An easy-drinking sake to serve well-chilled.
84 points $5 Best Buy
Kigen Crystal Dry Sake
83 points
$20
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe canary melon, peppercorns, and grass clippings with a supple, crisp, bone-dry light body and a peppery, rapid finish. A zingy Futsu-Shu Sake that will play well in cocktails or served warm with creative sushi rolls.