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Ep. 49: How to Enjoy Sake: Easy Buying Guide

The new season of Sugidama Sake Podcast is out and I am releasing the first episode on Saturday! This is the start of a mini-series “How to Enjoy Sake”.  After talking to a lot of people who don’t drink sake I have realised that very often the reason is that they believe that sake has some special rules for buying, drinking and enjoying it and they don’t know them.

In reality, sake is like any other drink, has its own particularities but they are not as complex and different from other alcoholic beverages as some people think. Its a Japanese drink so some of the language associated with it is Japanese, but it should not be a problem if you don’t know it. You can start your sake journey without any advance knowledge.

And in the first episode of the series I am giving very simple and easy tips for buying your sake.

Another exciting thing is that I am organising Sake & Pintxos Discovery Night to celebrate versatility of sake. It’s a drink that can be enjoyed with any kind of food! And on December 14 we will drink it with iconic Basque food, pintxos, which are so ubiquitous in Northern Spain.

If you are in London that day, please come! It would be great to meet any of my listeners. The tickets and the event information: Sake & Pintxos Discovery Night.

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 plus shochu and some other beverages. 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:

  • Sake & Pintxos Discovery Night: a bit of the back story
  • “How to Enjoy Sake” mini-series idea
  • Where to buy sake?
  • Is a price of sake a factor?
  • Sake lingo: should I know all this strange words?
  • Why is sake shop staff  invaluable?
  • Sake of the episode: Kamoizumi “Red Maple” 2-Year Aged Nama Genshu Ginjo


Sake of the episode:
Kamoizumi “Red Maple” 2-Year Aged Nama Genshu Ginjo
Kamoizumi Shuzo
World Sake Imports UK
London Sake

Red Maple Full Review
Sugidama Blog

Sake & Pintxos Discovery Night

Sugidama Podcast on Podchaser – please review if you don’t use Apple Podcasts

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

Just Arround the World (Kielokaz ID 362) by KieLoKaz

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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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