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!
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.