"A brewer's art made from superior rice and pure water
                                           with traditional craft and modern technology"

Takara has been a leading producer of Sake in Japan for more than 150 years. Takara Sake USA, established in Berkeley in 1982, has taken pure snow melt from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and superior rice from the fertile Sacramento Valley. To that, they applied traditional sake-making craft and modern technology to produce a Sake worthy of the Takara mark.

"Sho Chiku Bai" is Takara's main brand of Sake in Berkeley as well as Japan, and it is the best-selling Sake in the United States. Its high quality and superior taste has made it America's favorite Sake.

More about Sake, see Sake Facts , How to enjoy Sake.
See available size in Product Guide.



Sho Chiku Bai Classic

The most traditional style sake. Perfect pair with Mildly seasoned dishes.

Type: Junmai-shu / Classic
Character:
Smooth, well balanced and full body.
Dry/Sweet: +3 (medium dry)
Texture: hard, crisp
Aroma: mild, complex
Suggestions:
Serving: room temper to warm
Pairing food: mildly seasoned
Alcohol: 15%
Size: 18L, 3L, 1.5L, 750ML, 180ML


Sho Chiku Bai Classic Light

The less alcohol Sho Chiku Bai Classic. Perfect pair with Mildly seasoned dishes.

Type: Junmai-shu / Classic Light
Character:
Light, well balanced.
Dry/Sweet: +3 (medium dry)
Texture: hard, crisp
Aroma: mild, complex
Suggestions:
Serving: room temper to warm
Pairing food: mildly seasoned
Alcohol: 13%
Size: 18L, 750ML


Sho Chiku Bai Chokara

Extremely dry sake. Goes well with a wide variety of foods.

Type: Junmai-shu / Extra Dry
Character:
Very dry, clean and crisp flavor
Dry/Sweet: +7 (very dry)
Texture: hard, crisp
Aroma: Light, pleasant
Suggestions:
Serving: Chilled to warm
Pairing food: Various appetizers
Alcohol: 16%
Size: 18L, 1.5L, 375ML


Sho Chiku Bai Ginjo

Ginjo is a special reserve connoisseur class of sake. Most sakes are brewed with rice that has been milled 30%. For our Ginjo we use rice that is polished over 50%. Additionally, we use a special strain of yeast that allows for fermentation at a cooler temperature. The result of the slower, longer process is a silky-smooth, rich and fruity flavor.

Type: Junmai Ginjo / Premium
Character:
Delicate, dry and silky smooth
Dry/Sweet: +5 (dry)
Texture: Soft and smooth
Aroma: Strong ginjo aroma
Suggestions:
Serving: Chilled
Pairing food: Perfect by itself or with lightly seasoned foods
Alcohol: 15%
Size: 300ML


Takara Sierra Cold

Takara Sierra Cold is an innovation in sake brewing. It is fermented with a specially developed yeast that allows for the rich flavor of a premium type of sake. We have made this product with an alcohol content of 12% for those who prefer a milder taste.

Type: Junmai Ginjo / Premium
Character:
Light and clean
Dry/Sweet: +5 (dry)
Texture: Soft and smooth
Aroma: Pleasant ginjo aroma
Suggestions
Serving: Chilled
Pairing food: Perfect by itself or with lightly seasoned foods
Alcohol: 12%
Size: 300ML


Sho Chiku Bai Nama

NAMA SAKE is a draft-style sake that is purified not by heat pasteurization but rather through micro-filterization. Since high temperatures can often change the subtle flavors of sake, this micro-filterization process better retains all of the original flavors of sake. "Nama " means fresh, indicating that it is bottled immediately after production rather than being aged for a few months like our other sakes.

Type: Junmai Nama/ Draft
Character:
Fruity, fresh and dry.
Dry/Sweet +5 (dry)
Texture Soft and smooth
Aroma Pleasant
Suggestions
Serving: Chilled
Pairing food: Cold or vinegar-marinated
Alcohol: 15%
Size: 180ML


Sho Chiku Bai Organic Nama

It's totally natural, using OCIA certified rice harvested from the Sacramento Valley with absolutely no preservatives, no brewers alcohol added, no sulfites. It is brewed under the direction of Takara's master brewer combining the most traditional methods with modern technology to arrive at the Ginjo grade.

Type: Junmai Nama/ Draft(Organic)
Character:
Full, dry and balanced flavor with fruity and fresh taste
Dry/Sweet: +5 (dry)
Texture: Soft and smooth
Aroma: Pleasant ginjo aroma
Suggestions:
Serving: Chilled
Pairing food: Cold or vinegar-marinated
Alcohol: 15%
Size: 300ML


Sho Chiku Bai NigoriSilky Mild

NIGORI is the way sake first appeared when it was brewed for the Imperial Court in Kyoto as well as for most of its 2,000 year history. It is coarsely-filtered and the sweetest of all our types of sake. It is especially delicious with very spicy foods. The bottle should be shaken each time before pouring due to the high rice content that settles in the bottom of the bottle.

Type: Junmai Nigori/ Unfiltered
Character:
Bold and sweet. Rich and robust flavor with distinctive rice savor.
Dry/Sweet: -20 (very sweet)
Texture: Soft
Aroma: Mild
Suggestions:
Serving: Chilled
Pairing food: Rich and well seasoned dishes. Great as a dessert.

Alcohol: 15%
Size: 1.5L, 750ML, 375ML


Sho Chiku Bai NigoriCreme de Sake

NIGORI is coarsely-filtered and the sweetest of all our types of sake. It is especially delicious with very spicy foods. The bottle should be shaken each time before pouring due to the high rice content that settles in the bottom of the bottle.
Nigori Creme de Sake tastes slightly drier than our Nigori Silky Mild.

Type: Junmai Nigori/ Unfiltered
Character:
Bold and sweet. Rich and robust flavor with distinctive rice savor.
Dry/Sweet: -15 (sweet)
Texture: Soft
Aroma: Mild
Suggestions:
Serving: Chilled
Pairing food: Rich and well seasoned dishes. Great as a dessert.

Alcohol: 15%
Size: 300ML


Sho Chiku Bai Tokubetsu Junmai

made from highly polished (to 60%) rice. smooth texture with Well balanced Junmai-shu

Type: Tokubetsu Junmai/ Classic
Character:
Smooth, well balanced and full body.
Dry/Sweet: +5 (medium dry)
Texture: Smooth
Aroma: Mild
Suggestions:
Serving: Room temperature to warm
Pairing food: Mildly seasoned.
Alcohol: 15%
Size: 1.8L


Shirakabegura Tokubetsu Junmai

"Shirakabe Gura" is the brewery located in Nada area, the heartland of Japanese Sake. This Tokubetsu Junmai is meticulously brewed using highly acclaimed pure water, Miyamizu, and stringently selected rice. The character of this sake is Well balanced and complex, crisp finish.

Type: Tokubetsu Junmai/ Classic
Imported from Japan
Character:
Smooth, well balanced and full body.
Dry/Sweet: +2 (medium dry)
Texture: Hard and crisp
Aroma: Mild
Suggestions:
Serving: Room temperature to warm
Pairing food: Mildly seasoned.
Alcohol: 15%
Size: 1.8L, 720ML, 300ML


Sho Chiku Bai Antique

An extra premium sake made from a superior quality of highly polished rice. Exceptionally smooth taste with flowery nose and fruity aroma.

Type: Junmai Dai-Ginjo/ Extra Premium
Imported from Japan
Character:
Excellent flavor and exceptionally smooth taste.
Dry/Sweet: +-0 (medium dry)
Texture: Soft and Smooth
Aroma: Pleasant ginjo aroma
Suggestions:
Serving: Chilled to room temperature
Pairing food: Perfect by itself or with lightly seasoned foods
Alcohol: 15%
Size: 2L, 720ML


Sho Chiku Bai Tokubetsu Junmai Kinpaku

Well balanced Junmai-shu with gold flakes. Sake for festive occasions.

Type:Tokubetsu Junmai(w/Kinpaku)/ Classic(w/Gold flakes)
Imported from Japan
Character:
Smooth, well balanced and full body.
Dry/Sweet: +2 (medium dry)
Texture: Smooth
Aroma: Mild
Suggestions:
Serving: Room temperature to warm
Pairing food: Mildly seasoned.
Alcohol: 16%
Size: 1.8L


Koshu Masamune

Well balanced traditional style sake. Goes well with a wide variety of foods.

Type: Junmai-shu / Standard
Character:
Well balanced
Dry/Sweet: +3 (medium dry)
Texture: hard, crisp
Aroma: mild
Suggestions:
Serving: Room temperature to warm
Pairing food: Mildly seasoned
Alcohol: 14%
Size: 18L


Takara Masamune

Well balanced traditional style sake. Goes well with a wide variety of foods.

Type: Junmai-shu / Standard
Character:
Well balanced
Dry/Sweet: +5 (medium dry)
Texture: hard, crisp
Aroma: mild
Suggestions:
Serving: Room temperature to warm
Pairing food: Mildly seasoned
Alcohol: 16%
Size: 3L, 750ML



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