Did you know that only alcohol meeting the standards of the Liquor Tax Act can be called sake (refined alcohol)?

1. Products fermented and filtered from rice, rice mold, and water

2. Products fermented and filtered from ingredients stipulated by law, including but not limited to rice, rice mold, water, and refined alcohol (The total volume of ingredients stipulated by law above must exceed 50% of the volume of rice (and rice mold) content.)

3. Products in which refined alcohol lees are added to refined alcohol and filtered

In sum, sake is made from exceedingly simple ingredients. Therefore, not just those ingredients, but the water quality, temperature, artisanal skills of the master brewers who handle production, and other steps are critical in determining its final flavor.

Delicious sake is truly the product of the best ingredients, communities, and people coming together.