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Ep. 30: Exploring the World of Japanese Craft Sake (Interview with Nancy Matsumoto and Michael Tremblay)

It’s always exciting to read a new book about sake. There are not that many of them published outside Japan.  But the fact that this new book is written by two amazing authors and sake specialists Nancy Matsumoto, a renowned sake and food journalist and Michael Tremblay, Sake Samurai and sake educator, makes it even more thrilling.

In this episode, I am talking with Nancy and Michael about their new book, Exploring the World of Japanese Craft Sake: how they came up with the idea, what it is like writing a book together, the main concept, key points, the people they met and sake they drank.

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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:

  • Nancy’s and Michael’s sake stories
  • Coming up with the idea for the book
  • What is it like to write a book together?
  • The book’s concept and structure
  • Sake vs Wine: Terroir
  • Key points of the book
  • People and discoveries
  • Looking back: Do you remember your first sake?
  • Sake of the episode: Sohomare Kimoto Tokubetsu Junmai & Sohomare Kimoto Junmai Daiginjo (Nancy) and Gozenshu 9 Junmai Usu-Nigori Bodaimoto (Michael) 


Exploring the World of Japanese Craft Sake: Rice, Water, Earth

Sake mentioned:

Sohomare Sake
Sohomare Sake Brewery
World Sale Imports UK (importer)
Kimoto Tokubetsu Junmai
The Whiskey Exchange
Kimoto Junmai Daiginjo
Sorakami Online Store

Gozenshu Junmai Bodaimoto Usu-nigori (Misty Mountain)
Tengu Sake

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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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