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Takara Sake USA produces a variety of Sake and Mirin products that are certified "pareve" by Orthodox Union, the world's leading kosher certifying organization. To find an OU approved item, just look for the "Kosher (OU)" statement appearing to the right of any certified product.


Sho Chiku Bai Classic becomes the only U.S. sake to receive the Gold Award at the 2011 U.S. National Sake Appraisal

September 26, 2011-- Sho Chiku Bai Classic, brewed by Takara Sake USA Inc. was awarded the highest prize in the Junmai category of the 2011 U.S. National Sake Appraisal. Out of all 326 entries, Sho Chiku Bai Classic was the only sake made in the U.S. to win the Gold Award.


The U.S. National Sake Appraisal is an international annual event held since 2001 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Presented by the International Sake Association (Kokusai Sake Kai), the event evaluates over 300 sake entries and is the largest event of its kind. The Appraisal is conducted by ten judges (five from Japan and five from the U.S.) under the auspices of the Japan National Research Institute of Brewing, which has supervised Japan’s National Sake Appraisal since its inception in 1910.

The tasting is conducted “blind” and in two phases: a first tasting for all entries and a second tasting for those placing in the top fifty percent of the first tasting.

The 2011 U.S. National Sake Appraisal was held on September 7th and 8th, and evaluated 326 entries from 154 sake breweries. Each entry is considered within the following categories: Daiginjo, Ginjo and Junmai. This year, 86 entries were awarded the Gold Award while 91 entries  were awarded the Silver Award.

Takara Sake USA Inc. was awarded three prizes total, all in the Junmai category.
1) Gold Award: Sho Chiku Bai Classic (Berkeley, California)
2) Silver Award: Shirakabegura Kimoto Tokubetsu Junmai (imported: Nada, Japan)
3) Silver Award: Shirakabegura Tokubetsu Junmai  (imported: Nada, Japan)

ShirakabeGura, an award winning brewery: ShirakabeGura was created as one of the premium brands of Sho Chiku Bai in 2003 by Takara Sake. ShirakabeGura was built in the Nada region of Kobe city at former Sho Chiku Bai Nada Brewery. Nada region is known most for its rich history of sake brewing, making it the perfect location for ShirakabeGura. The production achieves a delicate balance between traditional handcrafted sake and advanced sake brewing technology with a vision to create the highest quality sake. As of 2013, the ShirakabeGura has received the Gold Medal award of Japan Sake Appraisal for 10 consecutive years.

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• 300 ML SET

Ginjo Sake Set - Wooden Box

Premium Ginjo Sake in beautifully designed bottles is a gift that appeals to all sake drinkers.


“Serve Chilled” Sake Set


A unique serve-chilled type sake gift. Includes: Organic Nama, Premium Ginjo, Crème de Sake, and two glasses.


Premium Sake Set - Wooden Box

A wonderful combo of the traditional and the new. Includes: Shirakabe Gura Premium Junmai, Sho Chiku Bai Premium Ginjo and Crème de Sake.

• 750 ML SET

Traditional Trio - Wooden Box

A classic combination of Sho Chiku Bai Classic, Nigori Silky-Mild Sake and Koshu Plum Sake.


Classic-Premium Sake Set - Wooden Box

This traditional set of Junmai Sake features sake that can be served in a variety of ways. Sho Chiku Bai Classic (warm, room temperature), Shirakabe Gura Junmai (room temperature, Nigori (chilled).

This premium Junmai sake, Sho Chiku Bai Tokubetsu Junmai, was awarded a silver medal by the 2007 U.S. Sake Appraisal. It is considered a treasured discovery by many sake lovers in the US. Both the quality and price are irresistible.


Shirakabe Gura, Takara Sake's handcraft sake brewery in Japan, has been a gold medal award winning brewery ever since its establishment 5 years ago. This Tokubetsu Junmai type sake is exclusively produced for the U.S. Its exceptional quality continues to capture the attention of sake connoisseurs from all around.
A gold medal by the 2008 U.S. Sake Appraisal.


Shirakabe Gura's extra premium Ginjo sake is the perfect gift for those who appreciate a great Ginjo sake. It is created with Yamadanishiki rice polished to 45%, and boasts an exceptionally smooth body with a brilliant aroma.


Sho Chiku Bai Kinpaku, a premium Junmai Sake with gold flakes, has been a favorite of sake drinkers in Japan, particularly at festive occasions. This traditional sake reflects quality deserving of real gold.



This gift cask that contains Sho Chiku Bai, Classic is a beautiful gift for Sho Chiku Bai sake lover.

Most Popular This Month

1. Sho Chiku Bai Nama

2. Creme de Sake

3. Hana Flavored Lychee


Hana Flavored Sake, Lychee has been picked as "Panel Favorite" in "Taste Test" VegNews, Sep+Oct 2009 issue.




"Shochu Showdown" by IMBIBE Magazine, September/October 2009.

Honkaku Shochu TOWARI is the top pick by its TASTE-TEST.



For Nigori lovers: Interesting excerpt from Lynn Hoffman’s new book,

The New Short Course in Wine.

About the Author
Lynn Hoffman currently teaches at the Wine School of Philadelphia and has written a weekly wine column for the Philadelphia Daily News and restaurant reviews for Philadelphia Magazine. He founded the world-renowned culinary arts program at Drexel University and has been a Scholar in Residence in Food and Culture for thirteen years. He is actively involved in the world of wine and spirits which include leading tastings for commercial client tasting.


More about this book.

The New Short Course in Wine



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