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Mar 23, 2009 03:06 PM

Where to buy aged sake in Boston?

I tried Hanahato Kijoshu at O Ya and really loved it. It's a dessert sake, aged 8 years. I can't seem to find any place in Boston that carries it for sale. I know Oishii serves this particular sake as well. I tried ordering it online but unfortunately Massachusetts law prohibits the shipping of hard alcohol to this state. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where to go? Thanks very much in advance!

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  1. Try Fresh Pond Liquors (next to Whole Foods in Alewife). I don't know if they have that sake in particular, however they have the largest sake collection I have seen in the area.

    1. Wine and Cheese Cask in Somerville has a good sake selection as well.

      1. Try Golden Goose Market on Commercial St on the Waterfront. I don't know if they have the specific sake you want but they've expanded their offerings. Probably call before driving over.

        1. Reliable Market in Union Square, Somerville has quite a selection. I don't know about aged, but I've gotten the kind with real gold leaf flakes in it, for a special celebration

            1. re: krazykid

              Not to be a debbie-downer, but according to that web site, they only ship in CA.

              For a local source, I second the Wine & Cheese cask. If they don't have it, they can probably direct you to someone who does.

              1. re: pickledtink

                Massachusetts does not allow alcohol of any sort to be shipped in from out of state to a private individual.

                1. re: BobB

                  Are you sure? Can you provide the current details? I think this has changed, at least for some wines, or there are LOTS of scofflaws in CA, NY, and FL based on my first-hand experience over the past couple of years.

                  1. re: rlh

                    I just tried to research this on line and it appears that the law has changed somewhat - as best I can determine, out-of-state wineries can now ship into MA, but they must fit certain parameters (small producers only) and go through a complicated permitting and approval process.