Best Inexpensive Sake

Sho Chiku Bai  Premium Ginjo Sake
90 points
$8
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe watermelon, sumac, sage, sesame, peppercorns, and rose water pastry with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, layered, medium-long finish displaying shades of kiwi-banana, hints of wet stone and flint. An excellent example of Junmai Ginjo; complex and easy to pair.
90 points $8 Best Buy
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
Momokawa Diamond  Medium Dry Junmai Ginjo Sake
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of hints of white peach, wildflowers, and banana with a round, bright, dryish medium body and a polished, complex, medium-long hints of hoisin-kissed eggplant and coconut water finish. A tasty Junmai Ginjo Sake that offers well-balanced flavors that weave between fruity and savory; a very good pairing for beef and richer cheeses.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Yomi  Junmai Ginjo Sake
89 points
$6
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas of asian pear, strawberry, cedar, pink peppercorns, and fresh ginger with a supple, soft, dryish medium body and a seamless, medium-length marshmallow, ginseng, and hints of fresh coconut finish. A silky and restrained Junmai Ginjo Sake well-suited to light pairings.
89 points $6 Best Buy
Manotsuru  "Crane"Junmai Sake
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple and guava pastry, yogurt drink, sweet tea, and banana candies with a crisp, dryish light body and an effortless, brisk finish displaying notes of almond milk. A fruity and friendly Sake ready for the sushi bar.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Momokawa Pearl  Creamy Nigori Sake
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Opaque creamy color. Aromas of condensed milk, pineapple-banana flan, and fried plantain with a creamy, bright, off-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long coconut pudding, hints of ginger, nutmeg, and shitake finish. A decadent, almost-off-dry Nigori Sake that will be a treat with spicy foods.
89 points $16 Best Buy
SakéMoto  Junmai Sake
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of pickled ginger, nutmeg, spicy radish, asian pear, and roasted peach with a supple, soft, dryish light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish revealing impressions of hints of pineapple and strawberry. Enjoy dreamy aromatics with distinctive notes of baking spices.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Roga  Junmai Sake
88 points
$15
Best Buy
White gold color. Fruity aromas of sticky rice, jicama, honeyed peach, ripe melons, and strawberry with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, snappy white peppercorns and hints of preserved ginger finish. A fruity entry point into Sake that’s easy to love.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Sho Chiku Bai  Organic Nama Sake
87 points
$9
Best Buy
White gold color. Aromas of butterscotch, coconut cream, golden apple, and raisin with a velvety, crisp, light-to-medium body and a peppery, medium-long green apple and shortbread finish. A juicy, easy-drinking Sake that offers a good introduction to the category.
87 points $9 Best Buy
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