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The Emergence of Sake: Roots of Nihonshu

After a break Sugidama Podcast is back with a short series talking about the emergence of sake brewing methods from ancient times to our days. In this episode, we are talking about the roots of sake from how people discovered alcohol in the first place to ancient sake brewing technics used up to 800 CE using archaeological evidence and Japanese myths and legends.

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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:

  • The emergence of alcohol
  • Origin of Sake: theories and legends
  • Kuchikamizake: an ancient sake brewing method
  • Storm God Susanoo and Yamata no Orochi
  • How ancient sake looked and tasted
  • Sake of episode: Jidai Yamahai Junmai Ginjo

Sake mentioned:
Jidai Yamahai Junmai Ginjo
Hayashi Honten
Tengu Sake

Sugidama Blog: Kanzake Time! The joys of warm sake
Sugidama Blog: 5 great sake to drink warm

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


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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