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 →

SPARKLING AFS

By far my favourite sparkling sake ever tried and I've had a few. The sparkling AFS from Kidoizumi Shuzo in Chiba prefecture is a complex, intense sake with a perfect interplay of acidity and sweetness. A standard sake fermentation starter is made with 3 additions of steamed rice, koji-rice and water over 4 days, however... 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 →

NIIDA SHIZENSHU

​ The minimalist label of the Niida Shizenshu (にいだしぜんしゅ) is a hint of what to expect. 'Shizen' meaning 'natural' is the preferred term used as getting certified organic is a very complicated process in Japan. Since 2011, Niida Honke (仁井田本家) in Fukushima prefecture, have been using sustainable organic rice, which they harvest themselves. They also... Continue Reading →

TERADA HONKE BREWERY

More likely to find their sake on a shelf next to a natural wine, their sake is literally off the charts in temrs of flavour profile. If there's a sake brewer out there that is bucking the trend, Terada Honke brewery would be the first to come to mind. Musubi, their sake made from 100%... 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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