Full Course Details

Course Prerequisites

  • Pass Certified Sake Adviser Exam
    • NOTE: Students that attended the Sake Adviser course will receive a $100 discount on the Sommelier course. Please contact us prior to registration in order to receive your discount code. Thank you.
  • Pass Comparable Certification Course
    • Consult Instructor

Course Date & Time

  • October 22, 2018: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • October 23, 2018: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • October 24, 2018 (Exam): see below for exam schedule breakdown

Course Overview

  • 15 Hours
  • Requirements for Success as a Kikisake-shi
  • Alcoholic Beverages: The Basics
  • History of Sake
  • Ingredients of Sake
  • How Sake is Made
  • Sake Tasting
  • Serving Sake
  • Reading Sake Labels


  • Exam Date: October 24, 2018
  • Part I – General Information
  • Part II – Service
  • Part III – Blind Tasting

Sake Tastings

<Junmai Ginjo>
Taisetsu Junmai Ginjo
Kikusui Junmai Ginjo
Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo

<Junmai Daiginjo>
Kubota Manju Junmai Daiginjo
Tamanohikari Junmai Daiginjo
Sharaku Junmai Daiginjo
Born Gold Junmai Daiginjo
Nanbu Bijin Junmai Daiginjo

<Tokubetsu Junmai>
Kamotsuru Tokubetsu Junmai
Suigei Tokubetsu Junmai
Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu Junmai

Takenotsuyu Junmai
Fudo Junmai Extra Dry

Michinoku Onikoroshi
Hakkaisan Honjozo

Funaguchi Kikusui
Born Muroka Nama Genshu
Shochikubai Organic Rice Sake

Kikumasamune Kimoto Junmai
Tengumai Yamahai Junmai

<Speciality Sake>
Kikumasamune Taru Sake
MIO Sparkling Sake
Shochikubai Nigori Silky Mild

*Sake will be subject to change depending on availability


Course Location Information

New York Mutual Trading Inc.

Tel: 201-933-9555

77 Metro Way, Secaucus, NJ 07094

Note: Shuttle will be provided from Mutual Trading Kitchen in Manhattan at 7:15 am (711 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10017)

Shuttle Pick-up Location

MTC Kitchen

711 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10017

Note: Shuttle will be provided from Mutual Trading Kitchen in Manhattan at 7:00 am.




Instructor: Timothy Sullivan

Founder, UrbanSake.com, America’s foremost sake website
2007 Sake Samurai, Japan Sake Brewer’s Association
International Sake Sommelier, Sake Service Institute
Certified Sake Educator Level 3, Wine & Spirit Education Trust

Co-founder, SakeJourneys.com
Official Brand Ambassador, Hakkaisan Sake Brewery

With his first sip in 2005, Timothy Sullivan simply fell in love with premium Japanese sake.  This inspired him to start the first sake blog in the United States: UrbanSake.com, America’s most popular sake blog & education website. His passion for sake has grown this site into America’s leading resource for sake related news, events and education.  In 2007, the Japanese Sake Brewer’s Association awarded Sullivan the title of “Sake Samurai” in recognition of his work to promote sake outside of Japan.