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Message in a Bottle: Interview with Andy Travers, London Sake

In the final episode of Season 2, I am talking to Andy Travers, the founder of London Sake, an online sake shop, and Sugidama Podcast’s sponsor. We covered quite a lot of topics from the London Sake story, to the Olympics, bottle labels and managed to taste and discussed three excellent sake during our conversation.

London Sake is an excellent online sake store and has one of the widest premium and craft sake selections 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:

  • Andy’s sake journey
  • London Sake story
  • Dassai 45
  • Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai
  • Sake bottle labels
  • Will the Tokyo Olympics boost sake sales outside Japan?
  • London Sake customers
  • Shirakabegura Junmai Daiginjo
  • The art of selecting sake
  • Looking ahead
  • Sake of the episode: Shichiken Junmai Daiginjo

Sake mentioned:

Dassai 45 Junmai Daiginjo
Asahi Shuzo
London Sake

Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai
Nanbu Bijin Brewery
London Sake

Shirakabegura Junmai Daiginjo
Shirakabegura Brewery
London Sake

Shichiken Junmai Daiginjo
Shichiken  Sake Brewery
London 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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