Experience Umami

While a large majority of sake breweries are aiming for fruity/floral types, Philip Harper, maybe the only non-Japanese master brewer in Japan, is going for flavour and has created an umami bomb. On the nose, definitely an earthy and savoury character with spices, roasted nuts, soy sauce and dried fruits. It's full bodied, off-dry with... Continue Reading →

Matching Sake with Seafood Pasta

I’ll be honest with you, I’m a fiend for bold, complex, flavourful sake and the simpler styles never really enticed me. That is until I started pairing them with food, and today, spaghetti allo scoglio was on the menu; pasta with fresh seafood. Being from the island of Sardinia, I would usually pair this summer... Continue Reading →

Meet Legendary Naohiko Noguchi

Master brewer Naohiko Noguchi goes by the nickname of kamisama meaning ‘god’ and rightly so. With experience in sake brewing that spans seven decades, and winning “Gold Prize” 27 times at contests hosted by the National Bureau's Research Institute of Brewing, are there any that match this legendary status? A sake brewer since he was 16,... Continue Reading →

Matching Sake with Spicy Food

This year's summer in Tokyo is an absolute scorcher with record temperatures as high as 41 degrees, and even the sighting of man-umbrellas! It may seem counterproductive but when it gets this hot, I often turn to spicy food as it seems to keep me cooler but what kind of sake is best paired with... Continue Reading →

The New Junmai Sake Glass by Riedel

Glassware: it's more than just aesthetics. Choosing the right vessel to drink your sake can either enhance or leave you missing out on what the producer intended you to experience, just as with wine. When it comes to sake, the traditional ceramic cup, the o-choko, is the default choice but can be somewhat limiting for... Continue Reading →

What is Sake?

You’ll often hear the word ‘rice wine’ being thrown around since it has a similar alcohol level to wine but sake is in fact made in breweries not wineries and closer to beer in its production process. Also in Japanese, the word sake is actually a generic term meaning 'alcohol' and you're better off sticking to... Continue Reading →

Rice Polishing: How Low Can You Go?

Three years ago, I walked into a bar and drank a sake that changed everything for me. Until then I'd understood that there was a direct correlation between how much a brewer polishes his rice and how good the resulting sake will be. Premium sake? That's the stuff made from rice that's had 50% polished... Continue Reading →

Get to Know Sparkling Sake

Sparkling sake is a relatively new category that is certainly growing and shows no signs of slowing down. Every time I start with a sparkling sake at my tastings, people are surprised as I was when I first got into sake, and simply didn’t know it existed! Just like it’s wine counterpart, it’s a great... Continue Reading →

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