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Junmai ('pure sake') is a high-quality class of sake, the rice-based alcoholic beverage which has become a strong symbol of Japanese culture. To qualify as junmai, a sake must be made with rice polished (to remove bran and improve taste) to below 70% of its original weight, and must not be fortified with distilled alcohol.
Approximately 75% of sake produced today is futsu, the everyday sake. By contrast, junmai-shu is usually heavier and fuller in flavor than other types of sake, and often the acidity is higher.
The rice used to produce all special-designation sakes (of which junmai is one) must be polished to a legally defined degree. At least 15% of the rice used in these sakes must also be affected by koji-kin, a filamental fungus which helps to break down starches into sugar. Koji (Aspergillus oryzae) is also used in the production of other fermented food products, including soy sauce ... more
Japan is famous for its sake rice wine rather than any other alcoholic beverage, but wine has been made there for several hundred years, if not longer. Beer and whisky have also earned themselves a place in the modern Japanese consciousness, and have even risen to become significant contributors to the national economy.... more