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Ontario Spring Water Sake Company

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Address: 51 Gristmill Lane, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4, Canada
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Sake Brewery Experience in Distillery District
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Traditional Sake in the North

I did not expect such traditional tasting experience inToronto and had decent glasses of sake. The production process looks traditional and the shop master (Nori) is friendly and... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2016
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Tokyo
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Reviewed November 6, 2016

I did not expect such traditional tasting experience inToronto and had decent glasses of sake. The production process looks traditional and the shop master (Nori) is friendly and knowledeable. They have "Arabashiri" - newly brewed sake - almost every month which is unique as the cold climate makes such multiple production possible in a year. The low temperature fermentation sake... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed October 24, 2016

We were walking around the Distillery district when we saw a sign for sake tasting and brewery. I love sake and so we stopped in. The gentleman behind the counter was very nice and well versed in his craft. Tried several different sakes and found everyone delicious. We spent an hour or so drinking sake and talking and the time... More 

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Troy, Michigan
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Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

This is probably the best kept secret of the distillery district. Unfortunately their tasting and touring hours are a bit finicky so make sure to plan ahead. For I believe $10 you get 3 small pours of sake - definitely worth it. We did not participate in the tour but it looked and sounded very informative - was going on... More 

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Los Angeles
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Reviewed November 29, 2015

I am not usually a big Distillery District fan. The buildings are beautiful, but it feels like a tourist attraction rather than a real part of the city. That said, I love Ontarion Spring Water Sake Company (Izumi). I think it's incredible that people decided to start it up here and make such a good product. I am no connoisseur... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

Every time I am in the area, I have to pick up a bottle or two. My favourite is the Asian pear sake. The staff are always friendly. I could easily sit there for a few hours having a lot of drinks.

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Reviewed December 7, 2014

After cold rolls of sushi across the lane, drop in for a unique drink! We've tried Spring Water Sake in summer, but the slightly warm sake is better suited to winter frost. Ontario Spring Water Sake Company is opposite Touhenboku Sushi beside Distillery's Sports Gallery. Just outside, two photo booths (Kinder surprise and Santa's) provide a colourful backdrop to Parliament... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is not really a tour as you will spend the whole time sitting and listening to the guide. Fortunately, the tour guide that we had was just fantastic. He was extremely entertaining. We got to try different sakes and the guide explained how sake is brewed and what are the differences between certain types. He also showed us some... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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Reviewed September 5, 2014

I took the tour at the sake distillery. While it's more of a tutored tasting vs. an actual tour where you're walking around the parts of the distillery, it's well worth it. I learned so much about how sake is made and Japanese culture. We tasted around 4 sakes, and they were excellent! (All of this for just $15.) Make... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Try a few different type of sake and learn about the distilling process. You can participate in a tour or just do a tasting in the storefront. This was a unique and fun attraction in the distillery district. Make this one of your priorities :)

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Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

Currently on the 54th batch, this micro brewery is learning as it goes and educating it's clientele on the way. Tour is worth it for the tasting alone.

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