About Junmai Sake

About Junmai Sake
Junmai literally translates into “pure rice”. This is the older, more traditional method of brewing sake. Junmai saké can only contain four ingredients: rice, water, yeast and koji with no added alcohol. Junmai sakés will be richer and fuller bodied than the other major type, Honjozo saké. Until recently, at least a 30% rice polish (70% remaining) was required for this definition, but that has now been eliminated.

These are generally dry to off-dry and pair well with sushi, fusion cuisine or even seafood risotto.

Top Picks for Junmai Sake

SakéMoto  Junmai Sake
88 points
$12
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Enjoy dreamy aromatics with distinctive notes of baking spices.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Farthest Star Sake  In A Strange Land Junmai
87 points
$9
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This delicate Sake will make a perfect aperitif before any meal, and complement light appetizers and salads.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Hiro  Red Junmai Sake
87 points
$26
An earthy and savory sipper with light floral and fruit tones that will be a great companion for tofu dishes and ramen.
Sho Chiku Bai  Organic Nama Sake
87 points
$9
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A juicy, easy-drinking Sake that offers a good introduction to the category.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Soto  Premium Junmai Sake
86 points
$19
An easy Sake quaffer for Sushi bar pairings; serve hot or cold.