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  • Huskee
    Pit Boss
    • May 2014
    • 15051
    • central MI, USA
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    Sake help?

    Wife & I want to try a good sake. Not the best high dollar stuff, and not cheap trash, but good affordable stuff. Something I could find in a supermarket like Meijer. In other words, relating to bourbon: not the Jim Beam, but the Buffalo Trace or Four Roses of saki.

    Any help appreciated!
  • Dewesq55
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1870
    • The Poconos, NEPA
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    #2
    I think you mean sake, Huskee -san!

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    • Dewesq55
      Dewesq55 commented
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      Barbara orders it in the sushi restaurant. I'm not a fan, so I can't help you, I'm afraid

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Touche, thanks. See? I don't know anything about sake, clearly.
  • mcook2201
    Club Member
    • Aug 2019
    • 125
    • Mooresville, North Carolina

    #3
    We buy Homare brand Sake, produced by Homare Sake Brewery Co. It is sold at our sushi go-to joint and pretty sure total wine and more carries it. Along with the standard, we mostly purchase the non-filtered mango and strawberry sake. Highly recommend.

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Thank you for the detailed recommendation.
  • JGo37
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    • Apr 2018
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    #4
    Yep, Humare is good, but what the heck is wrong with Jim Beam?
    Last edited by JGo37; September 9, 2020, 11:07 PM.

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Mostly just... it

    • JGo37
      JGo37 commented
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      Huskee that is just so wrong... LoL

      BTW without relating the two - have you looked at what the Beam distillery makes? And,

      Sake is a bit like bourbons - Rice, Plum wine & rice, Plum wine? For fish dishes I like Kubota. To be frank you shouldn't order sake with sushi - they are both rice based and the wine should contrast the sushi.

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Yeah I follow whiskey, Beam-Suntory is an amazing distillery and I love lots of what they produce, I am just not a fan of the Jim Beam namesake whiskey. Too nutty for me. I HIGHLY respect Beam and what they do though. And thanks for the sake tips! That's exactly what I'm looking for.
  • pjlstrat
    Club Member
    • May 2019
    • 397
    • Massachusetts
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    #5
    I always get hot sake when I get sushi, that I like, but I was told by someone that good sake is consumed cold....not sure how true that is but I have just given you all I know on the topic.....sad really

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Seems like room temp or cold would be how I'd like it too. I always thought it was like a whiskey or a vodka, only recently starting peering into it and learned it's a wine.

    • JGo37
      JGo37 commented
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      Huskee Sake comes in milk cartons from soda-type vending machines in Japan. They're everywhere. It comes cold.

    • Bkhuna
      Bkhuna commented
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      Not all sake is meant to be drunk hot. I drank a lot of sake the 10 years I lived in Japan and learned that the better brands are usually drunk at room temp or chilled. That rule isn't set in stone mind you, but it is a general rule. Rotgut is always served hot.

      Many brewers put a guide on the label telling you the optimum temp. for the particular brand. Of course, if your buying sake brewed in Japan, you probably can't read the label. I can't, but I know my favorite brands
  • zero_credit
    Club Member
    • Mar 2020
    • 267
    • Near Chicago, IL
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    #6
    Personally, I like hot sake as well, but have really just bought the $10 bottles I can find at Binny's and I've been happy.

    Some more info:

    https://onthegas.org/drink/best-sake-top-ten-brands

    https://www.decanter.com/wine-review...ations-332318/

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    • bbqLuv
      Club Member
      • Jan 2020
      • 410
      • Milwaukie OR

      #7
      Do you drink Saki warm?
      The few times I tried Saki I enjoyed it warmed up.
      I have tried Soju, made from sweet potatoes. It is hard to find.

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        I don't know. I like all other spirits warm/room temp, so most likely yes. Thanks!

      • Bkhuna
        Bkhuna commented
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        Soju (Korean), like vodka, can be made with grains or tubers.. Shochu (Japan) is also distilled from a variety of produce.
    • pkadare
      Club Member
      • Jun 2019
      • 906
      • Bobcaygeon, Ontario
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      #8
      Huskee just ran across this and immediately thought of this thread. Looks to contain lots of good info.

      https://kotaku.com/how-to-get-into-j...ake-1845008808

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Thanks!
    • GolfGeezer
      Club Member
      • May 2019
      • 168
      • San Clemente, CA
      • Sam

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      #9
      My "go to" for sake, room temp is:

      Kurosawa Sake Junmai Kimoto



      Junmai Daiginjo style is our favorite, again served warm.

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Thank you. I wanted real world experience like this!
    • ofelles
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 2024
      • Brentwood CA
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      #10
      This place has quite a ew different price ranges with descriptions
      https://sakeone.com/
      This is what I use for cooking.
      https://sakeone.com/product/momokawa...ied=868b6b1137

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Thanks!
    • mgaretz
      Founding Member
      • Jul 2014
      • 836
      • San Ramon, CA
      • Mark Garetz
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      #11
      Originally posted by pjlstrat View Post
      I always get hot sake when I get sushi, that I like, but I was told by someone that good sake is consumed cold....not sure how true that is but I have just given you all I know on the topic.....sad really
      Many years ago I was in Japan on a business trip and I was getting over a nasty cold. Hot sake sounded great with dinner. My host asked if I had ever tried it cold. I responded that I had not, and I insisted on hot sake. We went back and forth for a while and finally he said that if I tried one cold sake he would buy me all the hot sake I wanted that night. The cold sake was great and I have never looked back!

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      • jharner
        Club Member
        • Jan 2016
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        #12
        Sorry no help. Had to google SAKE just to find out what you were asking about.

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        • Huskee
          Huskee commented
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          Lol! Well I know very little myself other than it's pronounced socky. Or sock-ay. But I've learned a lot from the above!

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