5 sake to celebrate Christmas and New Year

It feels like summer was only yesterday, and behold, it's already the end of the year! And it’s a great time to try new sake. Not only there are plenty of opportunities to try it at various tastings but also it’s a good way to celebrate the New Year a bit differently with a glass of sparkling sake at the midnight or a tumbler of nice mellow koshu at the end of the night. Read about my 5 choices of festive sake and make your choice. Kampai!

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Sugidama Tsukimi Sake Drinks

Have you ever experienced that sweet feeling when you have been contemplating about doing something for some time and finally accomplishing it? You look back and say: Yes, we did it! Sugidama Tsukimi Sake Drinks were fun and a great opportunity to meet old and new friends with a glass of sake.

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Moonlight and… sake! What is Tsukimi?
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Moonlight and… sake! What is Tsukimi?

Tsukimi (月見)is an ancient Japanese tradition of autumn moon viewing. So what did and does tsukimi involve? At the very beginning, it was a moon-viewing party at which people play music and compose poetry. I assume that Heian aristocrats were drinking sake on those parties as well.

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SSI sake taste profiles
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SSI sake taste profiles

SSI taste profiles is a great way to assess and remember the sake you try. The Sake Service Institute (SSI) have divided all the sake into four categories, kun-shu, sou-shu, jun-shu and juku-shu based on two criteria: aroma and flavour. Read a brief overview of all the four profiles including examples of sake for each.

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