Summer requires summer sake. Everything is seasonal in Japan, and sake, the drink that counts 1000 years of history, is not an exception. However, summer sake is a relatively new concept and the term natsuzake (夏酒, summer sake) only appeared in 2007 coined by the Sake Service Institute (SSI) as a response to low demand for sake during the hot summer months in Japan. So I decided to look at the sake available here in the UK and came up with a list of 5 sake to drink in summer 2021.
Single-serving sake is becoming more popular outside Japan. I have noticed that the choice now is much better than a couple of years ago. So I decided to write a review of the most popular 'one cup' sake. Enjoy and kampai!
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.
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.
A guest post today, a review of Kuncho Nigori Nama Genshu from Jordan Smithcroft, is a sake enthusiast and writer, being WSET Sake Level 1 certified and working towards his SSA Sake Sommelier status. Kampai!
Here my recommendations for the 5 best sake for rainy and cold late autumn days. But you can drink these sake during winter too. And on crisp and sunny days! These sake will go great with comfort food. Some of them are amazing on its own. If you decide to follow my recommendations (and I don't see why not!), let me know what you think. Kampai!
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!