Sake is a brewed alcoholic beverage from rice.
The Japanese government classifies sake into two basic classes : Futsu Shu, and Tokutei meisho shu.
Each is literally translated into Ordinary Sake and Special Designation Sake.
Sake other than Special Designation Sake is classified as Ordinary Sake.
It is something like table wines that are popular at reasonable prices.
Seventy Percent (70%) of sake consumed in Japan is Ordinary Sake.
Special Designation Sake is graded by Seimaibuai classification, the percentage of original rice remaining
after the polishing process. The more polished away, the lighter and more delicate the flavor becomes.
Junmai means Pure Rice Sake, containing nothing but water, rice and Koji, absolutely no brewer’s alcohol added.
Special Designation Sake is defined through the table as shown below.
Most US Sake Importers misuse the term, Premium Sake (high quality sake) as Special Designation Sake.
It is not always true that Special Designation Sake is high quality sake.
In general, the price reflects the quality.
There are some outstanding high quality sake that is sold as much as 2 to 5 times of suggested retail price.
The extra money you are willing to pay is called "Premium".
In Japan, "Premium Sake" means prestigious high quality sake with premium.
It is very limited to purchase due to popularity and reputation.
Asian Beverage Company provides the Real Premium Sake from Japan at a reasonable price.
Please enjoy it!