Japanese Sake That Fizzes on Your Tongue! 5 Best Sparkling Japanese Sake
Did you know that you can now buy a wide variety of sparkling Japanese sake? They come in a wide variety of flavors and strengths, and their fizziness makes them easy to drink, so they are perfect for beginners. Chilling them enhances their delicious taste even more! Read on to get to know some of the most recommended sparkling Japanese sake today.
1. Ninki-Ichi - Bottle-Fermented Sparkling Brut Karakuchi
This is a sparkling Japanese sake from Ninki Shuzo, a brewery headquartered in Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima. Known for being particular about brewing Japanese sake by hand, this brewery brews only "ginjoshu" (a type of Japanese sake characterized by its pure taste that is made from white rice that has been polished to remove more than 40% of its weight and fermented at a low temperature for a long period of time).
This particular Japanese sake is made by fermenting nothing more than rice and koji (malted rice) directly in the bottle. The carbon dioxide generated during the fermentation process is then sealed in the drink. This Japanese sake has a rather high alcohol content for a sparkling Japanese sake at 11% and is light on the sweetness. Its taste makes it easy to pair with any dish, including spicy dishes. Meaning “dry,” the term “brut” on its name is one of the indications of the degree of sweetness and dryness for champagnes.
Price: 695 JPY (incl. tax) for a 300 ml bottle
2. Yoshinogawa - Sakagura no Awayuki Sparkling Seishu
Yoshinogawa is a brewery located in Niigata. It was founded in 1548, meaning it has a history of more than 470 years.
This time-honored brewery’s first sparkling Japanese sake is the Yoshinogawa Sakagura no Awayuki Sparkling Seishu. It has a low alcohol content of just 7% and a distinctly fresh and invigorating fruity aroma. You can enjoy the inherent sweetness from the malted rice that it is made from.
It is light and easy to drink like "awayuki" (light snowfall), so it is the kind of drink that would make a good aperitif or digestif. I enjoyed some paired with cream cheese and found it to be truly delicious. Try it if you get the chance!
Price: 495 JPY (incl. tax) for a 300 ml slim bottle
3. Sho Chiku Bai Shirakabegura - Mio Sparkling Sake
This is a Japanese sake from Kyoto’s veteran brewery Takara Shuzo that is famous for the “Sho Chiku Bai” Japanese sake brand.
Mio has been on the market for 10 years and is considered the pioneer of sparkling Japanese sake. It has a low alcohol content of just 5%, which is almost the same as beer, so it is quite easy to drink. It’s perfect for people who have only just begun drinking Japanese sake. This sparkling sake is characterized by a fruity aroma that will make you think of muscat grapes, as well as a delicate sweetness and moderate acidity. The brewery’s official homepage suggests that the most delicious way to drink Mio is to chill not just the bottle, but also the glass in which it will be poured. The recommended serving temperature for this drink is 0°C to 5°C. Give it a try!
Price: 313 JPY (incl. tax) for a 150 ml bottle
4. Dewazakura - Happo Seishu Semishigure
This Japanese sake was jointly developed by the long-established Dewazakura Sake Brewery in Yamagata and a liquor shop in Tochigi called Yokokura Honten.
Japanese sake brewed at Dewazakura Sake Brewery is aged underground in the remains of the old Oya Stone Mine in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi. They claim that the moderate far-infrared radiation emitted from the zeolite contained in the stone there gives the Japanese sake a mellower, smoother taste. This faintly sweet, refreshing fizzy brew has been carefully made so that you can enjoy the umami that is characteristic of Japanese sake. Its alcohol content is on the higher end of sparkling sake at 9%.
5. Ozeki - Shiboritate 19% Bihappo
Ozeki is a brewery that is based in Hyogo Prefecture. It is known for pioneering the ready-to-drink "one cup" Japanese sake.
This brewery’s Shiboritate 19% Bihappo is a sparkling Japanese sake with an elegant sweetness and moderate acidity, giving it a sweet and rich taste. It is made by injecting freshly-brewed Japanese sake with CO2 to make a mildly carbonated drink. While it has a relatively high alcohol content of 19%, it still goes down smoothly, so you can easily drink too much without knowing it. Its invigorating, fresh taste makes it the perfect accompaniment not only to Japanese dishes, but also to Western food. You can enjoy it while eating or as a digestif after the meal. I personally recommend chilling the bottle and then drinking it on the rocks.
Price: 437 JPY (incl. tax) for a 270 ml bottle
So, what do you think? Try to find the sparkling Japanese sake that suits your taste!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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