Sake is a fermented alcoholic beverage made from rice. Originally from Japan, it’s now a popular drink in the US. You’ll find many different varieties of sake available on the market. Here’s how to choose the best sake for you:

Learn about the flavors of sake. Junmai-sho has a full, rich taste, while nigori sake is sweeter and milder. You’ll find different varieties are best for warm sake, cold sake, sake bombs and dessert sake. You can find detailed sake reviews at

Head to your nearest Asian grocer or specialty shop. You’ll find sake in most regular supermarkets, but the selection is usually limited. An Asian grocer is the best place to find many different types of sake.

Shop online. offers dozens of varieties of sake, with a helpful buying guide to help you find sakes to your taste. Plug in your favorite beers, favorite wine, or the meal you’re planning to serve with your sake, and the sake selector will choose the best sake for you.

Try different varieties. You’ll need to try different types of sake to know which one you like best. If you don’t have a local Japanese restaurant with a tasting menu, hold a sake party with friends and share the cost of several bottles. Enjoy!


  • The best sake is not always the most expensive. Some cheap sake is better than premium sake, especially when served warm.