The new episode of Sugidama Podcast is out: the terrific interview with Akemi Yokoyama where she's talking about everything koji including amazake and bread making. Listen to the episode and please leave a review on Apple Podcasts if you use it. Alternatively, share the episode on your social media and let everyone know about it. Kampai!
The new episode of Sugidama Podcast is about rice, the essence of sake. What type of rice do exist, what is the difference between table and sake rice, key sake rice varieties and interesting facts. Download and enjoy! If you like the episode please leave a review in Apple Podcasts or share the episode with your friends. Kampai!
The importance of water is difficult to overestimate. It’s second only to the brewer’s skill and as important as good rice and koji. But honestly, given good water, a skilful toji can make excellent sake from even table rice. But I am not sure if even a genius of a toji can make a delicious sake from low-quality water.
What could be more disappointing than ordering something, waiting for it with excitement and then realising that it’s something you don’t like. It happens quite often unfortunately and buying and ordering sake is not an exception. So in this episode, I would like to give you a few tips on choosing sake and also talk about some parameters you will find on the bottle beside a milling ratio. And my tips of course are based on my own experience.
We've got a new contributor, Jamie Ryder, sake sommelier and the owner of Yamato Magazine. I have reviewed Kamoizumi Red Maple last year in the post 5 great sake to enjoy this autumn. So now you can compare our tasting notes. Kampai!
Phew, I have finally finished preparing the printed version of the interview with Satomi. It wasn't as easy as I initially thought. I have used an online service to transcribe the podcast episode. But then it took ages to edit the text. The clever online programme hasn't once recognised the word sake, writing it in million versions from second to soccer etc. But I have finally finished the edit. SO now everyone who would like to read the interview can do it. But it's worth to listen to the episode of the podcast with the interview to catch Satomi great personality and the relaxed atmosphere of our conversation!
Another excellent review from Jordan Smithcroft! White Rabbit stands as one of the most interesting and delicious junmai sake I’ve ever had the pleasure to taste. All the more impressive if one notes my general gravitation towards junmai, honjozo and futsushu. It’s the perfect choice for both junmai enthusiasts, looking for a twist on the well-established flavour and aroma characteristics of their favourite premium class, as well as those dedicated to the more typically fruity (junmai) ginjo grade, looking to ease themselves into exploring less polished nihonshu.
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Caressing the beautifully presented 720ml brown glass bottle of Masumi Hiyaoroshi, I couldn’t wait to see how all of this came together in the sake. Stored in the fridge since delivery, I brought this up to just below room temperature for the grand opening, which I decided to do unaccompanied by food.
The origin of sake is covered in mystery. In order to get some clarity, I have spoken to Natsuki Kikuya, who is a certified sake and wine professional, educator and…