There is something magical in sake brewing. Sake is a process-driven drink compared to wine which is driven but its main ingredient, grapes. While ingredients play a very important role…
I know it took a bit longer to produce this episode. But I am very happy that it is published on World Sake Day. For the last few years, I was celebrating it by going to various sake tasting, meeting friends I had not seen for a while and chatting about new sake trends, experiences, plans and how sake is getting more popular. Alas, not this year. I guess a lot of sake lovers will celebrate this day at home or logging into a virtual drinking party or sake tasting. Let's hope that the next year will be much better and we will see each other as they say now "offline" and drink an ochoko or two for each other's health. Kampai!
Now it's time to catch up with my blog posts. I have spent a lot of time writing and recording the first few episodes of my podcast. If you have not listened to it, it's available on the website as well as on all podcasting platforms. Just search for Sugidama Podcast :-). This post is a slightly abridged version of the first episode about the common sake myths. Sake is still a mysterious drink for many people and as all mysterious objects, it's surrounded by those myths and legends. Some myths are true but a lot of them are plainly false. Read on and see for yourself. And if you want more details, please listen to the podcast. Kampai!
A new episode of Sugidama Podcast is out! This time I talk about sake brewing methods: kimoto, yamahai, sokujo-moto and bodaimoto. How they are different from each other and how sake made with each method taste. If you like the podcast, please leave a review and share it with your friends! Kampai!
Later than intended but a new episode of Sugidame Podcast is out! Learn about sake types: nigori, nama, genshu koshu etc. Please share the episode with your friends and everyone, who wants to know more about sake. Kampai!
Junmai, honjozo, ginjo, daiginjo... What do all these strange words mean? Do we have to know them to enjoy sake? It will definitely help you to identify the sake types…
Welcome to the first episode of Sugidama Podcast, the podcast about Japanese sake, the amazing drink, I am madly in love with, profoundly fascinated by and eager to tell you about! Sake is a mysterious drink for the Western audience. Many heard but only a few have tried. As any mysterious object, it’s surrounded by myths and legends. Some of them are completely false and others have some truth in them. Before I started my sake journey I also had many misconceptions about it. So I would like to share some of the most common myths and bust them here. Or see if there is any truth in them.
The world is in the lockdown but you can still buy sake online. I have compiled a quick list of sake I would recommend buying. It's based on the online availability (some stocks look like being dried out), possible occasions, offers and my preferences. Also, I decided to feature some of the smaller specialised sake online shops to support them during this difficult time. Pick any sake from the above or go to the websites of the amazing featured online sake shops and choose something you like. Write a comment on how your sake journey is navigating through the quarantine and enjoy a sip or two of sake! Stay home and keep safe! Kanpai!
I have started writing this post before all this coronavirus pandemic became so critical and severe. When the situation worsened I almost abandoned this article thinking that in such dire times it's probably not really relevant. However, after a week in self-isolation, I thought that people can still enjoy sake at home by ordering it online. So please stay safe, don't go outside unless it's really necessary and have a sip or two of one the featured sake looking how the nature is awaking outside oblivious of all out troubles. Kampai!
Crafts through generations There are many wonders in Japan: temples, gardens, food and sake. But there is one thing that has been always fascinating me: the continuity of craft, the…