Why sake made with rice polished to less than 1% is so expensive

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The most expensive sake is brewed with polished grains of rice.
Niizawa Brewery, in Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture, brews sake with rice polished to less than 1%.
Bottles of this sake cost almost $10,000.

Sake has been brewed in Japan for thousands of years. The most expensive kind, made with polished grains of rice, is called junmai daiginjo. One bottle can easily cost over $100. And the more the rice is polished, the more expensive the sake. Niizawa Brewery, in Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture, brews sake with rice polished to less than 1% of its original size. The most expensive bottles of this sake cost almost $10,000. We followed a master sake brewer to find out how sake is made and why some bottles can be so expensive.

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