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Ep. 31 Emergence of Sake Series: The Age of Prosperity: Sake in the Edo Period

The Edo period for sake brewing was like the Victorian era for the industrial revolution. So many things that happened then still influence the drink now: from technological advances and new brewing techniques to the geography and taste. In this episode, we are looking at the evolution of sake during the Edo period and the emergence of kimoto as a dominating brewing method.

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Episode’s Content:

  • The Edo period: setting up the scene
  • How the centre of sake brewing moved from Kyoto to Hyogo
  • Ikeda, Itami and Nadagogo
  • Sakekabe: the end of year-round sake brewing
  • Technical advances of the Edo period
  • Kimoto method: it’s not only about yamaoroshi
  • Sake of the episode: Tamagawa ‘Time Machine’ Junmai Kimoto and Genroku Redux

Sake mentioned:
Tamagawa ‘Time Machine’ Junmai Kimoto
Kinoshita Brewery
World Sake Import UK
London Sake
Genroku Redux
Konishi Brewery Online Shop
Tengu Sake

Sake Deep Drive: Kimoto: Raising Wee Beasties

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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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