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
Sake bottles in Japan House

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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5 great sake to try this summer
5 sake to drink this summer

5 great sake to try this summer

Summer is a perfect time to try sake. You can enjoy a sparkling sake while chilling out in the shade, a robust junmai sake with BBQ or refined ginjo sake at a dinner party. Just look out for opportunities!

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Hyakujuro Junmai Daiginjo (Black Face)
Hyakujuro Junmai Daiginjo (Black Face)

Hyakujuro Junmai Daiginjo (Black Face)

Hyakujuro Junmai Daiginjo is a sweeter sake with fruity aroma and some dried fruit and honey in the taste. It's full of umami and goes very well with hearty food like a miso marinated salmon we had with it last time.

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Cherry Blossom: Japan 2016
Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom: Japan 2016

A weekend read for you! A slightly long post with a lot of beautiful images of sakura blossom in Japan from our trip a few years ago! Open a bottle of sake, snuggle on your sofa and enjoy. Kampai!

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Sake Workshop at Ichiba London
Pouring Keigetsu Yuzusake

Sake Workshop at Ichiba London

Last Thursday, I had an invitation to a sake workshop at Ichiba London, the largest Japanese food hall in Europe. The workshop covered usual topics of sake origin, ingredients, brewing method and the classification with a focus on rice varieties used in sake making.

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