About Junmai Ginjo Sake

About Junmai Ginjo Sake
A junmai ginjo sake is a very particular type of sake. Junmai refers to a sake that is a pure rice wine, one that does not have any distilled alcohol added. Ginjo refers to the fact that at least 40% of the rice polished away during the brewing process. This process for a ginjo sake is done at lower temperatures, which takes longer, but produces a sake that is light and fragrant with greater complexity.

A junmai ginjo sake is considered a "super premium" sake, which represents less than 10% of all sake. Along with traditional foods paired with sake, such as sushi or Asian cuisine, a junmai ginko sake also marries well with roast turkey or even leg of lamb.

Top Picks for Junmai Ginjo Sake

Joto  Junmai Ginjo Sake
93 points
$22.99
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi relish, strawberries in creme, and chevre with a satiny, lively, light body and a seamless, involved, medium-long finish that presents accents of chamomile, toasty crouton, and shitake finish. A vibrant and cheerful sake with the appeal of French Champagne; fruity, somewhat toasty, with mouthwatering acidity; cheers to your great taste.
93 points $22.99
Yuki No Bosha  Junmai Gingo Sake
92 points
$31.99
Clear color. Aromas of strawberry leaf, rambutan, cherry, star anise, and lilac with a velvety, vibrant, fruity full body and a refreshing, medium-long toffee, apple, ginger and shortbread finish. An elegant, silky and fruity Junmai for fine seafood and sashimi.
92 points $31.99
Shichiken  Junmai Ginjo Sake
92 points
$35
White gold color. Aromas of mixed melon salad, woodruff, sarsaparilla, and slate with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long avocado and fresh daikon finish. A bright, off-dry sake with flavors that display a great balance of fruit and spice.
Manotsuru  "Pure Bloom" Sweet Junmai Ginjo Sake
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of birch, dried citrus, turmeric, and young banana with a round, crisp, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, elegant, medium-length star fruit, sweet yogurt, and guava finish. An off-dry, balanced Junmai Ginjo perfect for spicy fare; round and satisfying.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Hananomai  Katana Extra Dry Junmai Ginjo Sake
88 points
$25
Silvery straw color. Aromas of peach-mango, turkish delight, honey, hint of licorice, and dried leaves with a soft, lively, thin body and a tingling, medium-length lemon spritz, jicama, rye cracker, and slate finish. A restrained sake with nice food affinity.
Yomi  Junmai Ginjo
85 points
$5
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of green apple and green mango with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a sleek, breezy linen, kumquat, flint, and aloe finish. A mild and refreshing sake for delicate pairings.
85 points $5 Best Buy
Momokawa  Medium Dry Diamond Junmai Ginjo Sake
85 points
$14
White gold color. Aromas of lime leaf, green apple, and dough with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, breezy apple and basil finish. A easy-drinking Junmai Ginjo for casual pairings.
Momokawa  Dry Crisp Silver Junmai Ginjo Sake
84 points
$14
White gold color. Aromas of hibiscus and passionfruit with a silky, bright, fruity light body and an even, interesting, medium-length meyer lemon, fresh cream, and toasted ciabatta finish. A very refreshing summertime Junmai Ginjo that will be equally great in the yard or at the table.
Maboroshi  Junmai Gingo Sake
84 points
$34.99
Silvery straw color. Aromas of cedar, dried figs, and coconut with a soft, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length honey-drizzled pears, almond, and guava custard finish. A precise Sake with great versatility; a match for a great variety of meals.
84 points $34.99