Soboshu, the sake brewed by monks played a very important role in the development of sake brewing techniques in medieval Japan. The monasteries possessed many key components necessary for successful sake-making: economic power, skilled labour force, scientific knowledge and strong political clout. However, it all was ended by Oda Nobunaga, who saw temples as a threat to his rule.
One of the very significant inventions was bodaimoto, a brewing technique developed by the monks of the Shoryaku-ji Temple on Mt. Bodai in Nara, which opened the way to brewing sake in commercial qualities. I was also talking about bodaimoto in Episode 2 of the podcast.
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.
- Sake innovations by monks
- How bodaimoto is made
- Kamakura period and Sake Prohibition
- Muromachi periods: the start of the commercialisation of sake brewing
- Sengoku Jidai: the end of soboshu
- End of the era and pre-Edo sake
- Sake of the episode: Gozenshu Junmai Bodaimoto Usu-nigori Namazake Misty Stream
Sake Deep Drive Episode 2: Bodaimoto – Brewing at the Buddha’s Foot
Sugidama Podcast on Podchaser – please review if you don’t use Apple Podcasts
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