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Sugidama Podcast: how to choose sake you will enjoy

5 tips to pick up the sake you will enjoy (plus what is SMV)

What could be more disappointing than ordering something, waiting for it with excitement and then realising that it’s something you don’t like. It happens quite often unfortunately and buying and ordering sake is not an exception. So in this episode, I would like to give you a few tips on choosing sake and also talk about some parameters you will find on the bottle beside a milling ratio. And my tips of course are based on my own experience.

In addition to this episode, you can listen to the interviews I did with Satomi, Oliver, Erika and Natsuki last year (episodes 07, 09, 10 and 11) as they also had great and useful tips.

Don’t forget, Sugidama Podcast now has a sponsor, London Sake, an excellent online sake store. London Sake has one of the widest selections of premium and craft sake available online today. They deliver across the UK and Europe, and with over 100 sake from 25 breweries, there really is something for everyone.

Using simple online tasting notes and sensible, affordable food pairings they help you find the perfect sake without any of the fuss. Listeners of the podcast can get a 10% discount Listen to the episode to get the magical code! London Sake: making sake simple.

Episode’s Content:

  • Tip #1: Ask the staff
  • Tip #2: Ginjo and junmai food pairing
  • Tip #3: The type of sake will give you a hint
  • Tip #4: Check the price
  • Tip #5: What the numbers on the label mean
  • Sake of the episode: Dewazakura Ichiro “Abbey Road” Junmai Daiginjo

Sake mentioned:
Dewazakura Ichiro “Abbey Road” Junmai Daiginjo
Dewazakura Sake Brewery
London Sake

Music used:
Wirklich Wichtig (CB 27) by Checkie Brown

Just Arround the World (Kielokaz ID 362) by KieLoKaz


Vocal: Svetlana


Alex is a London-based sake blogger, podcaster, IWC Sake judge and sake advocate. He is a publisher of the Sugidama Blog website and a host of the Sugidama Podcast. Alex has an International Kikisake-shi (Sake Specialist) qualification from SSI (Sake Service Institute). He sees his mission as expanding the awareness of Japanese sake among as many people as possible and helping the growing community of sake lovers to bring together beautiful Japanese sake and non-Japanese food as a way to build a better understanding between our cultures.

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