Is Sake beer or wine kind?
Sake is a beverage fermented from rice, which is a
grain. This would make it more of a beer than wine.
Yet, Sake is not carbonated. and flavor-wise is
closer to wine than beer, although it is indeed
uniquely different from wine. Sake is not a distilled
beverage, and is not even remotely related to gin,
vodka or other spirits. The alcohol content of Sake
is generally between 15% and 17%.
How Sake is made
Sake is made from but a few ingredients: Rice,
Water, Yearst, and a mold know as Koji-kin, or
Koji mold. But the land and the guilds of
craftsmen are part of the finely wrought
expression of sake as well.

Rice Polishing
In general, the more the rice used in brewing is milled before being used, the higher the grade of Sake. In fact, this is the clearest definition of the ascending grades of Sake. By milling the rice further and further, more and more of these unwanted fats, protiens, and nasties can be ground away before fermentation begins. This leads to cleaner, more elegant and more refined Sake. It also allows more lively aromatics to come about. The more you polish the rice, the higher grade of Sake.
Junmaishu & Honjozoshu
Made with rice that has been "
polished" (as the indusry puts it),
or milled, to remove at least the
outer 30% of the original size of
the grains. This means that each
grain of rice is only 70% or less
of its original size.
Junmai Ginjoshu
Made with rice that has been "
polished" (as the indusry puts it),
or milled, to remove at least the
outer 40% of the original size of
the grains. This means that each
grain of rice is only 60% or less
of its original size.
Junmai Daiginjo / Daiginjoshu
Made with rice that has been "
polished" (as the indusry puts it),
or milled, to remove at least the
outer 50% of the original size of
the grains. This means that each
grain of rice is only 50% or less of
its original size.









Ji-Zake
Sake of highest quality brewed by smaller breweries not
widely distributed even in Japan.

Yamagata Ji-Zake is created under the perfect
environments surrounded with Japan North Alpine (East
side with Zao mountain peaks, West side Reihou
Getsuzan), creating fine and delicious water. Yamagata is
well known as one of places where best quality rice is
produced. Dr. Reischauer, a former US Ambossador in
Japan, had expressed that Yamagata is "Home of ice silver
thaw and safflower".
Many of Yamagata brewers are succeeded from generation
to generation since 1860's.

Yamagata won the best brewers award at Year 2004 Japan
Sake Contest by pushing away all time winner such as
Niigata and Hokkaido with strong supports of Yamagata
Government Industrial Development Center at where
develop good quality of yeast and deep well water (seven
hundred feet) exists.
Yamagata Ji-Zake Products

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