What are the ten most popular Japanese sake brands? New poll reveals the favorites of sake lovers

Out of hundreds of different sake brands, which ones came out on top?

Japanese sake is renowned worldwide for its richness and complex taste profile. However, despite the all-you-can-drink sake happenings in Tokyo, it can be daunting for first-timers to enter the world of Japanese sake. Maybe you want to try them all or maybe you only want to try the best brands, which leads to the question: what are the best Japanese sake brands?

Voice Note, a polling site, recently held a survey on which brand of sake folks like to drink the most. Votes were tallied and in-depth opinions were collected from 945 individuals who drink habitually. Without further ado, here’s the top 10 most popular Japanese sake brands:

10. Maru (Hakutsuru Sake Brewery)

9. Nihon Sakari (Nihon Sakari Co.)

8. Sho Chiku Bai (Takara Shuzo)

7. Koshi no Kanbai (Ishimoto Sake Brewery)

6. Gekkeikan (Gekkeikan Sake Company)

5. Kiku-Masamune (Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewery)

Starting in more detail from spot number five we have Kiku-Masamune, a sake from Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewery based in Hyogo Prefecture. Brewed with locally grown rice and spring water from Hyogo Prefecture’s iconic Mount Rokko, Kiku-Masamune sake has an overall well-rounded taste with undertones of Yoshino cedar. Neither too sharp nor light, one of the sake’s appeal points is also how well it complements the lighter dishes of Japanese cuisine, such as soba or sashimi.

4. Kenbishi (Kenbishi Sake Brewery)

With a striking sword-like motif emblazoned on its bottles, the appeal points of Kenbishi sake lie in its unique coloration and long history. Compared to …continue reading