What is Sake? Explain the type and how to choose! You can see the difference between junmaishu and honjozoshu!


Sake is popular in Japan.


There are too many kinds, and I think that there are many cases where you do not know which one to choose.


If you have a brand of your choice, once you know the type, it should be easy to find a brand with a different taste close to the taste.


In this article, we will introduce the types of sake and the characteristics of each.


We will also explain the difference between "Junmai sake" and "Honjozo sake" that you often see at the market, so please keep a point and enjoy the difference between sake.


What is Sake? It is a sake using rice native to Japan.


The raw material of sake is rice, but it is defined that only domestic rice can be called sake.


In addition, the condition that it is a sake produced in Japan is also essential.


Sake refers to sake that uses rice as a raw material and has a process called "rubbing" with an alcohol content of less than 22 degrees.


In other words, cooking sake that contains additives such as salt or sake that is not rubbing such as doburoku is not sake.



In order to call sake, it is necessary to clear all conditions.


What kind of sake is it? Roughly divided into 8 types


There are quite a lot of kinds of sake in detail, but roughly divided into about 8 types.


The way to share sake is mainly determined by the "seimaibuai".


Rice polishing ratio means how much rice is shaved as a raw material.


For example, if the rice polishing ratio is 60%, 60% used it and 40% of the scraps are shaved.


The smaller the value of the rice polishing ratio, the more miscellaneous the part is shaved, so it becomes sake with less miscellaneous taste and stronger aroma.




8 types of sake


Then, I will introduce sake in 8 types.

Types of sake

Rice polishing ratio



50% or less

Uses rice that is polished to the fullest and is clean



You can enjoy the gorgeous fragrance

Special Honjozo

60% or less/ proprietary manufacturing method

Many things have a unique taste


70% or less

The standard and easy to drink in any way

Junmai Daiginjo

50% or less

A soft drinking mouth that feels the sweetness of rice

Junmai Ginjo

60% or less

They are fruity

Special Junmai

60% or less/ proprietary manufacturing method

You can taste the umami of rice

Junmai Sake

No regulation

Since the rice polishing ratio is not particularly determined, the taste is also various


 All of the ingredients that are attached to "junmai" are made from rice and rice koji.


In addition to rice and rice koji, pure rice and non-stick products are made using brewed alcohol.


There are many kinds of sake! What is your preference?


This time, we introduced 8 standard types, but there is more variety of actual sake.


Please try to find your favorite taste.