Chronicles of the sake journey

5 great sparkling sake for the festive season!

Following my article about sparkling sake, I decided to follow it with 5 quick recommendations for sparkling sake available outside Japan. I think that the selection of sparkling sake has massively improved in recent years. You can choose between sweeter and drier variants, have more affordable or luxury brands and...

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Sparkling sake, awasake

Sparkling sake: gimmick or real stuff?

It's New Year/Christmas time and a very good excuse to try sparkling sake. Make a surprise and bring a bottle to your party (well if we can still have New Year parties) or just to your own Christmas/New Year Eve table and toast the new 2022 with a glass of...

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Kanzake, otsukan

5 great sake to drink warm

Kanzake Time Follow-Up!

Following the article about kanzake, I present five recommendations for the sake which are great to drink warm or even hot. In addition, I am including a special TSUKI kijoshu sake from the Kanpai London brewery, which has just been released. I think that the fact that you can drink...

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About Author


Alex is a London-based sake blogger, podcaster, IWC Sake judge and sake advocate. He is a publisher of the Sugidama Blog website and a host of the Sugidama Podcast. Alex has an International Kikisake-shi (Sake Specialist) qualification from SSI (Sake Service Institute). He sees his mission as expanding the awareness of Japanese sake among as many people as possible and helping the growing community of sake lovers to bring together beautiful Japanese sake and non-Japanese food as a way to build a better understanding between our cultures.