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“Great place for a quick warm up” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ontario Spring Water Sake Company

Ontario Spring Water Sake Company
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Sake Brewery Experience in Distillery District
Ranked #159 of 500 things to do in Toronto
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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405 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
“Great place for a quick warm up”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

This was the first shop we went into in the Distillery District. Per other TripAdvisor reviews, we did not take the tour. We chose instead to warm up with a small carafe of warm sake for $10. It was good. The guy behind the counter was friendly and chatty.

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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“great experience, sake, service and informative tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

Distillery District is a great walking area with fine shops, galleries and restaurants. Don't miss this place! Smallish place with a sake bar and GREAT tasting sake to suit your personal taste. Friendly service. I tried most of their sake and although I have 3 favourites, all were very pleasant to me and my wife. They take pride in their processes of making fine sake. As the area is quite small, the tour is contained in the public area in front of glass that separates the public area and the area where the sake is made. Our tour guide is not only a guide but does assist in the sake manufacturing processes. He was very informative and friendly as was the staff at the sake bar and of course the owner whom I spoke to.

Most of their sake has not been pasteurized giving better flavour. It can keep for 6 months after purchasing whether opened or not and must be kept in the fridge. They do offer sake that has been pasteurized once and can be found at some LCBO stores. This can be kept for up to one year whether opened or not and does not have to be refrigerated. I have a slight preference for the flavour of the non-pasteurized sake.

There is a small area where you can buy sake sets, T-shirts, sake(of course), soap, dressings made from ingredients from the sake process and other items. I bought a sake set made in Japan (and there are some other nice looking ones made in China) and a bottle of sake. I will definitely return again to buy more sake. The prices are similar to other brands at the LCBO that have been pasteurized I believe twice.

There is a fee for the tour ($15.00) that includes 4 tasting of different sakes. It takes about 1 hour.

Visited December 2013
Thank AlanCarter
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128 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Wonderful Surprise!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

You can find this shop in the Distillery District. Very tasty saki. They have tasting tours for a fee. Our guide/saleswoman was very knowledgeable and friendly. It's a beautiful shop and worth the visit even if you don't want the tour.

Visited May 2013
Thank HappyTraveler1202
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“Great place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I went on the Sake tasting tour! It was great! We learned how Sake was made and had several tastings!
The guide was very friendly and made the tour fun! We would recommend this place to anyone.
You can also go in and taste the Sake at the bar.

Thank Charay
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Mendham, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“A surprising discovery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

We wandered into this "brewery" in the Historic Distillery District" of Toronto, and fell into the opportunity to learn all about the making of sake and its different, very subtle qualities. We started with trying a sampler of three sakes, all chilled, learning that the best sakes are unpasteurized and most subtly appreciated unheated, which changes its taste. We tried the one sake that is pasteurized, and therefore recommended for warming (Nama Cho).

There is a tasting tour, but our scheduling conflicted. Very likely an excellent experience, judging by the friendly and informative service we received during our tasting at the small bar.

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Visited October 2013
Thank Elise D
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