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Where to buy aged sake in Boston?

chiQ Mar 23, 2009 03:06 PM

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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    Gabatta Mar 23, 2009 03:46 PM

    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. capeanne Mar 23, 2009 03:48 PM

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

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        9lives Mar 23, 2009 03:54 PM

        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. BobB Mar 24, 2009 09:25 AM

          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

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            krazykid Mar 25, 2009 02:14 PM

            You can get it from TrueSake.com:


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            1. re: krazykid
              pickledtink Mar 25, 2009 04:54 PM

              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
                BobB Mar 26, 2009 04:55 AM

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

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                  rlh Mar 27, 2009 06:27 AM

                  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
                    BobB Mar 27, 2009 06:46 AM

                    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.

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              jforman Sep 19, 2009 06:27 AM

              It just so happens I was at O Ya earlier this week, had the same sake and have been searching for it as well I've found a couple online retailers, one out of CA (liquorama.net), but have not attempted to buy it because of the aforementioned laws prohibiting inbound alcohol shipment to MA.

              Did you end up finding it anywhere local?

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              1. re: jforman
                rlh Sep 20, 2009 04:28 PM

                Unofficial shipments from online retailers are not unheard of - really. Give them a call or send and email to see what's possible. The laws are apparently not clear cut on this and not all retailers just say no and don't try to creatively abide by the requirements.

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                taooffood Sep 20, 2009 10:12 PM

                Supposedly stocked by Corporate Wines in Woburn:

                Not familiar with the company, but can't hurt to give them a call

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                  cigalechanta Sep 21, 2009 07:43 PM

                  The wine and cask, across from Dali's in Somerville

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