In the final episode of Season 2, I am talking to Andy Travers, the founder of London Sake, an online sake shop, and Sugidama Podcast's sponsor. We covered quite a lot of topics from the London Sake story, to the Olympics, bottle labels and managed to taste and discussed three excellent sake during our conversation.
This is a podcast to chronicle my journey into the world of sake and other Japanese drinks, food, culture and history. While I have a sake qualification (International Kikisake-shi), I still consider myself as a novice in the sake world. I have plenty to learn about the drink and I want to share this experience with my listeners through personal accounts, interesting facts about sake and interviews with sake experts.
A new episode of Sugidama Podcast is about ginjo, premium and super-premium sake known for its fruity aroma and refined taste. I talk about the history of ginjo style, characteristics of the sake and food pairing and drinking recommendations.
Continuing the Sake Focus series with an episode on namazake, unpasteurised sake, known for its wild and funky character. Nama can be translated from Japanese as live, raw, fresh, or even natural. And it's all true about namazake. Listen to the episode to find out about different types of namazake including famous autumn sake called hiyaoroshi.
The second episode in the short Sake Focus series is about nigori, which takes its origin from the ancient sacred drink called doburoku. I am talking about types of nigori, how it's brewed, food pairing and more. Enjoy the episode and leave a review if you like it. It's the best way to support Sugidama Podcast. Kampai!
Recently, I have spoken to one of my listeners, who praised this podcast for its wonderful content. “But you know”, he said. “Sake is a completely new thing for me and I feel a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information you put in each episode. Why don’t you make them a bit easier to digest?” And he’s absolutely right. So I decided to do a series of episodes focusing on one particular topic, I have mentioned before. And this time it's junmai/honjozo.
The amazing conversation with Andrew Russell, a Britain-born sake brewer, who lives and work in Japan, at the iconic Imada Shuzo. We talked not only about yeast, an unsung hero of sake brewing according to Andrew, but also about his life as kurabito, a brewery worker.
The results of the IWC Sake competition are out! Check them out at the IWC website. This year I happened to be one of the sake judges and it was a tough but amazing experience. Listen to the new episode of Sugidama POdcast to find out how the competition works and about my personal experience as an IWC Sake judge. Kampai!
Do you know what irisake was and how it was used in the Edo period? What about mirin? Can you drink it or only use it for cooking? Listen to the new episode of Sugidama Podcast featuring Kinu Yukawa, a Japanese food specialist, chef and cookery teacher to find out! Kampai!
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!