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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.

2018 on Sugidama

2018 on Sugidama

Ding dong, 2018 is coming to the end. Just a few days, and it’s 2019. It’s been almost a year since I started Sugidama Blog, and it was a wonderful year. I have published 30 posts, grew the audience to 500 unique visits per month, redesigned the website and learnt a lot about website development in WordPress. Sometimes, I even feel that I’m turning into a WordPress nerd, not a sake blogger. But, no, sake is still the main thing…

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From ginjo to junmai: say no to ginjo snobbism

From ginjo to junmai: say no to ginjo snobbism

I think we should coin a term “ginjo snobbism” and add to the list of existing myths about sake. John Gauntner mentioned it in both of his books and other people were also talking about it at sake events. So what is it? Basically, it’s a myth that only ginjo sake is worth drinking. And by ginjo, I mean all kinds of super premium sake: ginjo, daiginjo, junmai ginjo and junmai daiginjo. Another misconception is that many people don’t realise…

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Christmas at Ichiba

Christmas at Ichiba

Christmas is coming quicker than everyone expected! It feels like summer was only yesterday and here we are, buying advent calendars for kids (I’d love to buy a sake one for myself but still can’t find it!). The countdown has just begun. All shops around London are running Christmas promotions enticing spoilt for choice Londoners and tourists by beautiful shop windows, lucrative deals, Santa’s grottos, Christmas songs (I wish they play something new) and other exiting and not so activities….

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Sugidama Sake & Curry Discovery Night

Sugidama Sake & Curry Discovery Night

Will sake go well with curry? It was the topic, which intrigued me after hearing several people talking about their experience. A Japanese friend of mine told me quite categorically that it’s not a good idea. “We, Japanese, don’t really drink sake with curry as it will spoil the sake! Our cuisine is very subtle, so sake and Japanese food will complement each other,” was her response. However, a few other people were more positive. “Sake works spectacularly with Indian…

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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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SSI Kikisake-shi: rest of the course and exam tips

SSI Kikisake-shi: rest of the course and exam tips

After writing the first part about the International Kikisake-shi course I wanted to wait until my exam results are back. And I have passed! What a relief. So back to my story. And I have some Kikisake-shi exam tips in case you would like to become a sake professional too. Day 2: How sake is made and the industry’s overview The second day was the most technical one. We were talking about how the sake is made as well as did a…

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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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