The Cultural Significance of Sake: Celebrating Tradition and Heritage

During a visit to a Japanese bar in Tokyo, your first instinct is to order sake. Unfortunately, asking the bartender for “sake” in Japanese would only get you a blank look. This is because the word sake, in Japanese, just means alcohol. Instead, during your sake tasting, you should ask for “nihonshu,” or “Japan’s alcohol.” The […]

A Guide To the 5 Main Types of Sake

Sake is becoming increasingly in-demand in the United States. Japanese exports to the U.S. are now at over 9 million liters a year. Not all sake is the same. There are lots of different types out there for you to try out.  Read on to find out about the different types of sake. What is Sake? First, you need […]

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WSET Level 3 Sake: Enhancing Your Expertise in Sake Production and Appreciation

Have you ever thought about getting professionally certified as a beverage connoisseur? The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) is a globally recognized, certified institution that offers courses for enthusiasts and industry professionals alike. Professional certification demands knowledge, ability, and an experienced palate – yet that doesn’t mean it’s out of reach. Read on to […]

Sake and Shochu: A Dynamic Duo for Beverage Enthusiasts

If you’re a beverage enthusiast looking to explore something new and exciting, consider getting to know sake and shochu. These drinks are a dynamic duo that has been enjoyed by Japanese culture for centuries, but more recently, they’ve been making their way into popular bars and restaurants worldwide. But what exactly are sake and shochu? Sake […]

Sake: The Art of Pairing for the Discerning Drinker

Sake, the traditional Japanese rice wine, has been gaining popularity worldwide in recent years (and it’s becoming particularly popular in the US). But the history of sake dates back thousands of years, with records suggesting that it was first brewed in Japan over 2,000 years ago. Sake-making has since become an art form, with skilled brewers […]