Sunday, April 28, 2019

Toko Sakes

Toko Ultraluxe Junmai Daiginjo Fukurotsuri...$119.99
This sake is the ultimate indulgence; made by the highest quality Yamada Nishiki rice milled down to a painstaking 35%, what is bottled is only the drops of liquid (Fukurotsuri method) that are released via gravity at the end of fermentation, with zero force or pressure applied. The result is a dizzingly complex and unforgettable brew.
GRADE Junmai Daiginjo
TASTING NOTES:  Notes of lychee, wild strawberry and grapefruit. A seamless finish with concentrated white pepper.
FOOD PAIRING:  Try paired with West Coast oysters, caviar or cheesecake.

Toko Sun Rise Junmai Ginjo Dewasansan...$32.99
This Junmai Ginjo is made from Dewasansan rice, a descendant of the iconic Omachi heirloom strain. This rice is exclusively grown in Yamagata prefecture and helped to pave the way for Yamagata to receive the first geographical indication (GI), or appellation, in all of Japan.
GRADE Junmai Ginjo
TASTING NOTES:  Grassy, floral aromas with green apple and melon. The finish is soft and smooth.
FOOD PAIRING:  An excellent pairing with teriyaki salmon, sauteed snow pea shoots or maple glazed ham.

Toko Divine Droplets Junmai Daiginjo Sake...$74.99 / 720ml
Flawless yet incredibly persistent. The purity of the region of Yamagata shines in this sake, with the crispness of their pristine water, the grassy, spicy quality of dewasansan rice, and the opulent textures derived from shizuku free run finishing.
GRADE Junmai Daiginjo
TASTING NOTES:  Refreshing and pure with notes of pineapple, white peach, green apple, lily and a hint of white pepper
FOOD PAIRING:  Excellent paired with smoked salmon & cream cheese blinis, olive tapenade or vinegar tomato salad.

Sake classification levels are determined by the percentage the rice is milled before the brewing process. In general, the more you polish (or mill) the rice, the more aromatically expressive the sake becomes (the rice polishing rate expresses the amount remaining, so lower numbers translate to higher polishing).


Daiginjo and Junmai Daiginjo class sakes must meet a rice polishing minimum of 50% (although many producers polish much further). This style is considered the ultimate luxury and is classically elegant and fragrant, with low levels of acidity and umami.

Ginjo and Junmai Ginjo class sakes must meet a rice polishing minimum of 60% (although many producers polish much further). This style is generally a great balance of vibrant fruit and floral aromas with acidity and umami.

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