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Sake Focus: Namazake, Life in a Bottle

The third episode in the short Sake Focus series is about namazake, unpasteurised sake which is known for its unruly wild and lively character. Nama can be translated from Japanese as live, raw, fresh, or even natural. And it’s all true about namazake. Listen to the episode to find out about different types of namazake including famous autumn sake called hiyaoroshi.

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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:

  • What is namazake
  • Types of namazake: namazake, namachozo, namazume
  • Autumn sake: Hiyaoroshi and Aki-Agari
  • Other types of nama and not: Shiboritate, Kassei Seishu, Shinshu
  • Nama Genshu and Nama Genshu Muroka
  • Namazake Character: aroma, taste, food pairing
  • Namazake storage, how to buy
  • Sake of the episode: Kikusui Funaguchi Nama Genshu Honjozo

Sake mentioned:
Kikusui Funaguchi Nama Genshu Honjozo
Kikusui 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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