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!
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!
After going to the presentation of Miyagi prefecture, I have it on my list of future destinations. It's famous not only for it capital, Sendai, founded by powerful lord of teh Sengoku era, Date Masamune, not only for Matsushima Bay, which is considered as one of Japan's most scenic views but for its great food and beautiful sake!
I have come across Toshimaya Sake Brewery at Edo Tokyo Kirari event in London. Toshimaya is the oldest sake brewery in Tokyo and a producer of shirozake popular during Hinamatsuri.
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It feels like summer was only yesterday, and behold, it's already the end of the year! And it’s a great time to try new sake. Not only there are plenty of opportunities to try it at various tastings but also it’s a good way to celebrate the New Year a bit differently with a glass of sparkling sake at the midnight or a tumbler of nice mellow koshu at the end of the night. Read about my 5 choices of festive sake and make your choice. Kampai!
Autumn is a special time for sake. To help you to choose a right sake I have selected 5 sake to drink with hearty autumn meals. I have also included a few simple tips how to choose a perfect autumn sake! Kampai!
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.
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.