About Tokubetsu Junmai Sake

About Tokubetsu Junmai Sake
Tokubetsu Junmai Sake literally translates to "special pure rice". This type of sake follows the production rules for Junmai (sake made from water, koji, yeast, rice, and nothing more) but uses a production method that is special in some way. Examples of what might give a sake a Tokubetsu designation include the utilization of a special rice variety or milling level. Though Tokubetsu has no official or legal meaning, typically Tokubetsu Junmai Sakes are of very high quality and offer a unique experience to the sake enthusiast.

Top Picks for Tokubetsu Junmai Sake

Okunomatsu  Tokubetsu Junmai Sake
90 points
$27
Silvery straw color. Aromas of soy-glazed nuts, black sesame, nori, fresh croissant, and breadfruit with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a polished, complex, medium-long dried apricot, tarragon, jicama, and white grapefruit finish. A slightly savory, toasty Tokubetsu Sake with excellent balance; a special dinner pairing.
Okunomatsu  Tokubetsu Junmai Sake
90 points
$25
Clear silvery straw color. Sweet aromas and flavors of honeydew melon, strawberry cream cheese, asian pear, coconut cake, seasoned seaweed snack, and lemon-lime cordial with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, buoyant finish manifesting impressions of bazooka gum and brandied bananas finish. A fruit-forward Junmai with a dry appeal; very food friendly.