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Dojima Sake Brewery: how the £1,000 sake tastes like

Dojima Sake Brewery: how the £1,000 sake tastes like

Dojima Sake Brewery has been the talk of the sake industry for recent months not only because it’s the first sake brewery in the opened by a Japanese company but also due to its £1,000 per bottle price tag. I’ve managed to try this beautiful sake and here’s my report.

OYSTER x SAKE at Oystermen

OYSTER x SAKE at Oystermen

So do you always order Chianti with Tuscan Wild Boar Ragu or Red Burgundy with Beef Bourguignon? What about Angus steak? Do you have it with Scotch whiskey or ale? Of course not! You don’t have to match a dish and a drink by country. However, there is a very common myth about sake, that you have always to drink it with Japanese food. The argument goes like this: sake has been developed for hundreds of years to complement the delicate nature of…

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Sake and Food pairing events plans

Sake and Food pairing events plans

After getting my Kikisake-shi qualification (see my post 1 and post 2 about the course) I am eager to put it in action. One of the ideas I’ve got is to do a series of events in London next year to pair sake with various foods and cuisines. I’m thinking about calling them Sugidama Sake & Food Discovery events. I have already spoken to a couple of Italian restaurants and a cheese shop about using them as potential venues for the…

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Tosa Sake Fair and Ryoma Sakamoto’s legacy

Tosa Sake Fair and Ryoma Sakamoto’s legacy

Ryoma Sakamoto’s iconic photo Born in Tosa province in 1836 and assassinated in Kyoto in 1867, Ryoma Sakamoto was one of the most inspiring and romantic revolutionary figures in Japan during the final years of the Tokugawa shogunate. He was a real visionary and one of his greatest achievements was Eight Proposals While Shipboard, a plan to reform Japan in order to turn it into a modern country. Incidentally, it’s also a name of a Tosa sake, which I tasted…

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JFC Sake Expo & Food Show Pt. 2

JFC Sake Expo & Food Show Pt. 2

Continuing from my previous post about the JFC Sake Expo and Food Show. I spent around 3.5 hours at the show and tried quite a lot of different sake. However, this time I was more careful and stuck to the tips I outlined in one of my previous posts. I only tasted the sake I was particularly interested in, despite some temptation I hardly tried any shochu, I had some food as well thanks to other stalls, which presented some…

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JFC Sake Expo & Food Show Pt. 1

JFC Sake Expo & Food Show Pt. 1

Last week I attended the Sake Expo & Food Show organised by JFC in London. JFC is one of the largest distributors of Japanese food products globally and in the UK in particular. The Sake Expo was obviously the most interesting part of the event for me. JFC’s suppliers include such large sake companies as Hakutsuru, Ozeki, Kiku-Masamune, Asahi Shuzo (Dassai) as well as a number of smaller breweries. I also got an opportunity to put into action my own tips about sake tasting I’ve…

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