Basic Information

Brand:           Kaku-Rei [kaku-rey]

Type of sake: Junmai Ginjo

Seimai Buai:  Rice milled to 55%

Alcohol:          15-16% by volume

Size & UPC:   720 ml, 12-pack, 844650000016

300 ml, 12-pack, 844650000047





Aoki [ow-kie] Shuzo

Owned by:

Aoki Family                Founded:         1717


1214 Shiozawa, Minami-Uonuma-shi

Niigata 949-6408, Japan










 Takafumi Aoki – the 12th generation of the founding family.

Toji (Master Brewer):  Takahiro Imai


Ingredients & technical data


Rice:                Koshi Tanrei

Water:            On-site well water from an underground current  originating at Makihata-yama. Soft water.

Yeast:              Kyokai #14

No sulfites, no preservatives.


Nihonshu-do (SMV):  +2.5   Acidity:  1.5      Amino acids:  1.4


Other information


Serving temp.:  Chilled or slightly warm

Tasting note: Moderately aromatic, lightly floral, hints of banana & pear.  Soft clean finish. Food pairing: Grilled fish & vegetables. Steamed oysters. Vegetable tempura with salt.


Aoki Shuzo is located in the Minami-Uonuma district, which is well know as the best appellation for the cultivation of the most popular table rice Koshi Hikari.  Aoki has awarded gold medals at the Japan National Sake Competition many times such as in 2016, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010 etc. Kakurei Junmai Ginjo was awarded Gold at “Joy of Sake” US National Sale Appraisal in 2015.