We know that some types of liquor are pretty expensive, like certain types of wine or champagne. In Japan, locals love a particular kind of wine which they call sake. Also known as Nihonshu, Sake is a rice-based alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin. Even Americans have come to love Sake with a passion. In fact, there is one particular kind that’s considered the world’s most expensive sake.
Sake is a rice wine and involves a process of polishing the rice so that areas of the grain that are undesirable are discarded. There are three premium sakes that involve this kind of rice processing–junmai, ginjo, and the most expensive of the three – dai gingo. Making dai gingo sake is an extremely detailed process as the rice is polished down to just fifty percent of its original size.
That’s not all there is to it, however, as this process is only as good as the rice used is. This is why choosing the perfect kind of rice is just as important, and just as tedious. Most rice that is used to make sake is a mixture of different types. But the finest sake uses Kame no O, which is a pure strain of rice that was discovered in Amarune, Yamagata Prefecture over a hundred years ago. Real sake drinkers know if this rice is used because of the sake’s unique flavor which surpasses all others. People crave for this particular sake so much that it was actually the main incentive for having the Amarune 2001 summit in this area and the rice has even had a song composed.
The most expensive sake in the world uses only the finest ingredients and an extremely articulate process to come up with the very best-tasting sake in the entire world. The dai gingo sake is being sold by the first store to proclaim itself as the first store dedicated to this wonderful Japanese drink. The name of the store is TrueSake and the sake is called Kame no O and is manufactured by Wataribune. This sake is sold for $500 for a 720-ml bottle (not even a liter). Indeed, sake lovers would shell out good money for the most expensive sake in the world.