Grades of Sake

Sake Sampler Flight

Not all sakes are created equal. There are different grades of sake representing different grades of refinement as well as whether or not additional alcohol is added. See the table below for a quick summary of the most common grades of sake. 

Rice Milling No Distilled Alcohol Distilled Alcohol Added Quality
Polished so 50% or less of kernel remains Junmai Daiginjo Daigijno Premium Quality 
Polished so 60% or so of kernel remains Junmai Ginjo Ginjo ^
Polished so 70% or so of kernel remains Junmai Honjozo ^
No minimum milling criteria Junmai Futsuu  Low Quality