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Learn the Basics of Sake

Although sake is known as rice wine, the process for making sake is closer to beer. Sake can have many flavor notes, such as apples, chocolate, bananas, tropical fruit, melons, flowers, spice, chestnuts, sherry, and caramel. 

A Few Popular Types of Sake

Genshu is an undiluted sake with an alcohol content of around 19%. Genshu is full-bodied and rich in flavor.


Ginjo is a special type of junmai ("pure rice sake") or honjozo (mildly fortified sake). All the rice used in ginjo must be polished to at least 60% of its original size. This sake is light and clean with a tangy flavor and aroma.