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Wakatake Onikoroshi Sake: Demon Slayer Junmai vs Ginjo vs Daiginjo Review

Last Updated on May 2024

Introducing Wakatake Sake Brewery’s iconic “Onikoroshi” series – three premium sakes named after the legendary demon slayer. While the name evokes images of fierce warriors, these sakes charm with their elegant, balanced flavors. Let’s explore what makes each one special.

Best Overall


Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Daiginjo

Elegant, balanced, with subtle fruity notes

  • Sake Classification: Junmai Daiginjo
  • Aroma & Flavor: Peach, Melon
  • Sake Meter Value: +0
  • Acidity Level: 1.5 (Average)


Wakakatake onikoroshi junmai genshu

Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Genshu

Full-bodied, rich flavor, extra dry

  • Sake Classification: Junmai Genshu
  • Aroma & Flavor: Pear, Lychee, Nutty
  • Sake Meter Value: +9 (Very Dry)
  • Acidity Level: 1.6 (Average)

Hidden Gem

Wakatake junmai ginjo

Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Ginjo

Fruity, floral aroma at an affordable price

  • Sake Classification: Junmai Ginjo
  • Aroma & Flavor: Asian Pear, Melon, Banana
  • Sake Meter Value: +3 (Slightly dry)
  • Acidity Level: 1.3 (Average)

Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Daiginjo

Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Daiginjo Image

Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Daiginjo is a high-end sake offering from Omuraya Brewing Company. This sake, affectionately referred to as “Demon Slayer,” surprisingly embodies sweetness rather than fierceness. It offers a clear, delicately fruity aroma with a velvety texture that finishes on a crisp note. Brewed in Shizuoka prefecture, it utilizes a blend of Yamadanishiki, Gohyakumangoku, and Aichinokaori rice varieties, fermented with Shizuoka yeast (NEW-5). It pairs well with a variety of meats and seafood, making it a versatile addition to mealtime. The ideal serving temperature ranges from cold (40-60°F) to warm (85-115°F).

  • ✅ Sake Classification: Junmai Daiginjo
  • ✅ Aroma & Flavor: Peach, Melon
  • ✅ Sake Meter Value: +0
  • ✅ Acidity Level: 1.5 (Average)


  • Delicious Taste
  • Versatile Pairings
  • Quality Ingredients
  • Serving Temperature Flexibility
  • Highly Praised by Customers
  • Premium Brand Reputation


  • Price Point
  • Specific Taste Profile
  • Availability
  • Alcohol Content

Additional information

Despite its higher price point, the Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Daiginjo has been highly recommended for its exceptional quality. With an alcohol content of 16.5%, this sake is perfect for those who enjoy a stronger taste in their beverages. It offers great value for money, reflected in its high customer satisfaction rating of 4.88 from 32 reviews. So next time you’re planning a sushi night, remember the Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Daiginjo for an elevated dining experience.

Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Genshu

Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Genshu Bottle

If your definition of a good night includes a captivating tale of ‘drink and dare’, then hold on to your seats, sake samurais! The star of this chapter is none other than the Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Genshu, hailing from the lands of Shizuoka prefecture. A “genshu” or undiluted Junmai sake, this feisty fellow brings to the table a formidable, concentrated flavor and a hefty alcohol content (a formidable 17.5%). Creamy, fruity, and a tad nutty, it’s a carnival of flavors in your mouth. With tasting notes like pear, lychee, and banana, it’s more like a mini tropical getaway in every sip! 🌴🍹

  • ✅ Sake Classification: Junmai Genshu
  • ✅ Aroma & Flavor: Pear, Lychee, Banana and a hint of Nuttiness
  • ✅ Sake Meter Value: +9 (Very Dry)
  • ✅ Acidity Level: 1.6 (Average Acidity)


  • Higher Alcohol Content: If you’re in for a stronger brew, this “genshu” with its 17.5% alcohol content is your go-to mate!
  • Complex Flavor Profile: A beautiful ensemble of pear, lychee, and banana with an undercurrent of nuttiness – it’s a flavor opera!
  • Versatile Pairing: Whether it’s sushi, seafood, or cheese, this sake is your culinary chameleon. 🍣🧀
  • Flexible Serving Temperatures: Ice, cold, room temp, or warm – this sake is as accommodating as they come!
  • Customer Love: With an average rating of 4.78, it’s safe to say this sake has a fan club!


  • Licorice Lovin’: If you’re not a fan of licorice, you might want to be prepared for that sneaky flavor note.
  • Higher Alcohol Content: The high alcohol content might not be everyone’s cup of sake, especially for those who like their brews light and breezy.
  • Availability Blues: Depending on your location, you might find this sake playing hard to get.
  • Mixed Opinions: When it comes to its dryness, people’s opinions vary as much as the serving temperatures!

Heartwarming Tales and Rainy Day Sakes!

Now, the Wakatake Junmai Genshu isn’t just another sake in the market – it’s a sake with a memorable personal story! Back in 2020, during the chilling embrace of winter, when pandemic restrictions had forced us to serve only outdoors, a couple walked in, unfazed by the rain and ready for a good time.

Every other table hurried through their meals, eager to escape the cold and the rain, but not this couple. They sat, engrossed in each other’s company, savoring the Wakatake Junmai Genshu, one sip at a time. And when they were done, they called for another bottle, only to give it to the staff to enjoy!

As I look back on that rainy night, it was moments like these – of kindness, good company, and excellent drinks – that warmed our hearts and kept the spirit of our restaurant alive. So here’s a toast to all the rain-soaked dinners, to shared bottles of sake, and the heartwarming tales they bring! 🍶

Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Ginjo

Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Ginjo

Introducing the captivating Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Ginjo, a sake with a rich history dating back to 1975, and a recipe straight out of the local lore archives. With a history as fascinating as the sake is delicious, it’s a must-try for all sake enthusiasts.

Hailing from the scenic Shizuoka prefecture, nestled in the Chubu region, this sake is a delightful blend of fruity and floral flavors that tantalize your palate. Made with Ginginga rice and Shizuoka (NEW-5) yeast, it strikes a perfect balance between strong and soft, making it a versatile choice for any sake lover.

On the nose, you’ll find a bouquet of Asian pear, melon, and banana. On the palate, these flavors intertwine beautifully, creating a harmonious symphony of tastes. Best enjoyed at temperatures ranging between cool (40-60°F) or warm (85-115°F), it is a versatile sake that is sure to please, no matter the occasion.

  • ✅ Sake Classification: Junmai Ginjo
  • ✅ Aroma & Flavor: Asian Pear, Melon, Banana
  • ✅ Sake Meter Value: +3 (Slightly dry)
  • ✅ Acidity Level: 1.3 (Average)


  • Historic Authenticity: A traditional recipe from 1975
  • Versatile Pairing: Pairs well with a variety of foods
  • Temperature Flexibility: Can be enjoyed cold or warm
  • Positive Reviews: High average customer rating of 4.86 out of 5
  • Unique Flavor Profile: Distinctive blend of fruity flavors
  • Accessible: Balanced flavor that appeals to novices and aficionados alike
  • Premium Ingredients: Brewed with Ginginga rice and Shizuoka (NEW-5) yeast


  • Price: May be a bit pricey for some
  • Dryness: Could be too dry for those who prefer sweeter sake
  • Heftier Body: Might not appeal to those who prefer lighter sakes
  • Alcohol Content: The 16.0% alcohol content could be strong for some
  • Limited Availability: Might be challenging to find depending on where you live

A Sip of History

Did you know that Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Ginjo has a rich history? That’s right! It dates back to 1975, and the recipe was salvaged from an old local document. This delightful beverage was once enjoyed by travelers crossing the frosty Oi River. Now, you can enjoy it right in the comfort of your own home. No frosty expedition necessary!

Comparing the Onikoroshi Trio

The Onikoroshi series showcases Wakatake Brewery’s skill at crafting balanced, flavorful sakes. The Daiginjo offers the most refined and elegant experience, with its delicate fruit aromas. For those who enjoy an extra dry, bold, and rich flavor, the Genshu is a great option. Meanwhile, the Ginjo provides an affordable introduction to the lineup’s characteristic fruitiness.

Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai GinjoWakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai GenshuWakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Daiginjo
Alcohol Content16.0%17.5%16.5%
Taste ProfileLight & DryLight & DryRich & Dry
Key FlavorsAsian Pear, Melon, BananaMelon, Banana, LicoricePeach, Melon
Recommended PairingSeafood, Cheese, FruitsSushi/Sashimi, Seafood, CheeseMeat, Seafood
Rice VarietyYamadanishiki, GohyakumangokuGohyakumangokuYamadanishiki, Gohyakumangoku, Aichinokaori
Yeast VarietyShizuoka (No.9)Shizuoka (No.2)Shizuoka (NEW-5)
A table comparing the different Wakatake sakes.

About the Wakatake Brand

A mark of distinction in the sake world, Wakatake emerges from the storied vaults of Omuraya Brewing Company, a legacy spanning back to 1832. This historic brewery resides along the Tokaido Road, an ancient highway in Japan where wayfarers would pause their journeys due to Oi River floods.

The sake brands of Omuraya – including Wakatake, Wakatake “Onikoroshi,” “Onna Nakase”, and “Oniotome” – each embody a commitment to superior craftsmanship. From embracing quality ingredients such as the soft water sourced from the Minami Alps, to the continuity of utilizing a rice milling machine passed down through three generations, Wakatake showcases the brewery’s dedication to tradition and quality.

The real turning point came in 2002, when the brewery decided to fully dedicate itself to producing premium sake. Now under its seventh generation of ownership, Omuraya continues to delight both locals and travelers alike with its exquisite offerings, notably the Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Daiginjo Demon Slayer and Wakatake Junmai Genshu.

In essence, each sip of a Wakatake sake is a toast to tradition, quality, and the enduring art of sake brewing. So whether you’re a seasoned sake connoisseur or a curious newcomer, a bottle of Wakatake Onikoroshi Demon Slayer offers an unforgettable journey through the captivating world of sake. 🥂


What is Wakatake sake?

Wakatake sake is a premium brand of sake brewed by the Omuraya Brewing Company in the Shizuoka prefecture of Japan. The name “Wakatake” is one of the proud trademarks of Omuraya, which has been crafting sake along the historic Tokaido Road since 1832. The brewery offers several types of sake under the Wakatake label, including Junmai Daiginjo, Junmai Ginjo, and Junmai Genshu.

What does demon slayer sake taste like?

The Demon Slayer, or Onikoroshi, sake typically has a robust flavor profile with an interesting blend of fruity and floral notes. The Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Ginjo, for example, presents a bouquet of Asian pear, melon, and banana. While it starts with a subtle sweetness, it leaves a slightly dry finish, which is characteristic of the Onikoroshi sake varieties.

How much alcohol is in demon slayer sake?

The alcohol content in Demon Slayer, or Onikoroshi sake, can vary depending on the specific type and brewing process. However, generally, it falls within the range of traditional sake alcohol content. For instance, the Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Ginjo has an alcohol content of 16.0%.

What is Onikoroshi?

Onikoroshi is a term used in the sake brewing industry to describe a type of sake that is sharp, dry, and strong. The term literally translates to “Demon Slayer.” It’s often applied to robust sakes that were considered potent enough to “slay a demon.” Wakatake Onikoroshi is a range of sakes produced by the Omuraya Brewing Company that embody these characteristics.

What does Wakatake Onikoroshi mean?

Wakatake Onikoroshi combines two Japanese terms. “Wakatake” is a trademark name of the Omuraya Brewing Company and does not have a specific translation, while “Onikoroshi” translates to “Demon Slayer.” Therefore, Wakatake Onikoroshi can be interpreted as a sake from Wakatake that possesses the robust and dry qualities powerful enough to slay a demon, hence, the name Demon Slayer sake.

Which Demon Slayer is Right for You?

As we journey down memory lane, you may recall my unforgettable encounter with Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Genshu. This sake holds a special place in my heart and initiated my enduring love affair with Wakatake sake. But enough about me, let’s focus on you!

If your palate craves dry, slightly acidic sakes that are enjoyable to sip, then let me introduce you to the Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Genshu Demon Slayer. This sake, as I have waxed lyrical before, possesses an impeccable balance of dryness and acidity that makes each sip an experience worth savoring.

Now, if you fancy a symphony of refined flavors dancing on your tongue, the Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Daiginjo should be your choice. This variant of Wakatake Demon Slayer offers refined fruity notes, akin to an elegant ballet, that will sweep you off your feet. Trust me, it’s akin to sipping on sophistication!

In essence, the right Wakatake Onikoroshi for you is the one that best suits your taste buds and your mood. Whether it’s the dry and acidic Wakatake Junmai, or the fruitier and more refined Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Daiginjo, there’s a world of flavors waiting for you to explore. As always, happy sake-sipping! 🥂

Our #1 Recommendation: Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Daiginjo

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Editor’s Choice

Meet our top dog, Wakatake “Onikoroshi” Junmai Daiginjo! A high-end sake crafted with love (and probably a touch of magic) in the heart of Shizuoka prefecture. This sake, not just a pretty face, boasts a rich and dry taste with a tantalizing hint of sweetness. Imagine sipping on a potion that fills your senses with the essence of peach and melon. And the best part? It’s a versatile performer that pairs nicely with just about anything. All this in a single bottle that can be served cold or warmed up to match your mood and the weather. A little heads up, though, this charmer has an alcohol content of 16.5% – potent enough to make a demon dance!






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