24 episodes

This is a podcast to chronicle my journey into the world of sake and other Japanese drinks, food, culture and history. While I have a sake qualification (International Kikisake-shi), I still consider myself as a novice in the sake world. I have plenty to learn about the drink and I want to share this experience with my listeners through personal accounts, interesting facts about sake and interviews with sake experts.

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This is a podcast to chronicle my journey into the world of sake and other Japanese drinks, food, culture and history. While I have a sake qualification (International Kikisake-shi), I still consider myself as a novice in the sake world. I have plenty to learn about the drink and I want to share this experience with my listeners through personal accounts, interesting facts about sake and interviews with sake experts.

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

    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 journeyLondon Sake storyDassai 45Nanbu Bijin Tokubetsu JunmaiSake bottle labelsWill the Tokyo Olympics boost sake sales outside Japan?London Sake customersShirakabegura Junmai DaiginjoThe art of selecting sakeLooking aheadSake of the episode: Shichiken Junmai DaiginjoKampai!
    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 https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Checkie_Brown_1005/hey/Wirklich_Wichtig_CB_27
    Just Arround the World (Kielokaz ID 362) by KieLoKaz
     https://freemusicarchive.org/music/KieLoKaz/Free_Ganymed/Just_Arround_the_World_Kielokaz_ID_362
    Licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

    Vocal: Svetlana

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Sake Focus: Ginjo, Luxury in a Glass

    Sake Focus: Ginjo, Luxury in a Glass

    The fourth episode in the short Sake Focus series is about ginjo, premium and super-premium sake made from highly polished rice. The name comes from two Chinese characters and could be translated as "crafted or carefully brewing".  But there's much more in ginjo than just a high milling ratio.

    Don't forget, Sugidama Podcast now has a sponsor, London Sake, an excellent online sake store. London Sake has one of the widest selections of premium and craft sake 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:
    What is ginjo and its historyHow ginjo sake brewing is different from less polished sakeSkills, process, and ingredientsGrades and types of ginjo sakeWhen ginjo is not ginjo but tokubetsuHow to drink ginjo: temperature, food etc.Sake of the episode: Kanpai London Kaze Junmai GinjoKampai!
    Sake mentioned:
    Kanpai London Kaze Junmai Ginjo
    Kanpai London Sake Brewery

    Super-flat Rice Polishing

    Sugidama Blog: 5 Sake to drink in Summer 2021

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    Music used:
    Wirklich Wichtig (CB 27) by Checkie Brown https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Checkie_Brown_1005/hey/Wirklich_Wichtig_CB_27
    Just Arround the World (Kielokaz ID 362) by KieLoKaz
     https://freemusicarchive.org/music/KieLoKaz/Free_Ganymed/Just_Arround_the_World_Kielokaz_ID_362
    Licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

    Vocal: Svetlana

    • 22 min
    Sake Focus: Namazake, Life in a Bottle

    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.

    Don't forget, Sugidama Podcast now has a sponsor, London Sake, an excellent online sake store. London Sake has one of the widest selections of premium and craft sake 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:
    What is namazakeTypes of namazake: namazake, namachozo, namazumeAutumn sake: Hiyaoroshi and Aki-AgariOther types of nama and not: Shiboritate, Kassei Seishu, ShinshuNama Genshu and Nama Genshu MurokaNamazake Character: aroma, taste, food pairingNamazake storage, how to buySake of the episode: Kikusui Funaguchi Nama Genshu HonjozoKampai!
    Sake mentioned:
    Kikusui Funaguchi Nama Genshu Honjozo
    Kikusui Sake Brewery
    London Sake

    Sugidama Blog: One cup to rule them all: 5 single-serving sake to try

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    Music used:
    Wirklich Wichtig (CB 27) by Checkie Brown https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Checkie_Brown_1005/hey/Wirklich_Wichtig_CB_27
    Just Arround the World (Kielokaz ID 362) by KieLoKaz
     https://freemusicarchive.org/music/KieLoKaz/Free_Ganymed/Just_Arround_the_World_Kielokaz_ID_362
    Licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

    Vocal: Svetlana

    • 24 min
    Sake Focus: Nigori, a descendant of a sacred drink

    Sake Focus: Nigori, a descendant of a sacred drink

    The second episode in the short Sake Focus series is about nigori, which takes its origin from the ancient sacred drink called doburoku. Doburoku is the oldest method of sake brewing which survived more than a thousand years of history and is still around nowadays. Nigori is cloudy sake, where rice and yeast particles from fermentation left in the final product. Sometimes it’s called unfiltered sake, but it’s not correct. Listen to the episode to find out why.

    Don't forget, Sugidama Podcast now has a sponsor, London Sake, an excellent online sake store. London Sake has one of the widest selections of premium and craft sake 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:
    What is nigoriDoburoku: the origin of nigorizakeThe emergence of seishuReturn of nigoriTypes of nigoriNigori: taste and food pairingSake of the episode: Kamoizumi Summer Snow GinjoKampai!
    Sake mentioned:
    Kamoizumi Summer Snow Ginjo
    Kamoizumi Sake Brewery (no product information available)
    Sorakami

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    Music used:
    Wirklich Wichtig (CB 27) by Checkie Brown https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Checkie_Brown_1005/hey/Wirklich_Wichtig_CB_27
    Just Arround the World (Kielokaz ID 362) by KieLoKaz
     https://freemusicarchive.org/music/KieLoKaz/Free_Ganymed/Just_Arround_the_World_Kielokaz_ID_362
    Licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

    Vocal: Svetlana

    • 23 min
    Sake Focus: Junmai/Honjozo

    Sake Focus: Junmai/Honjozo

    Recently, I have spoken to one of my listeners, who praised this podcast for its wonderful content. “But you know”, he said. “Sake is a completely new thing for me and I feel a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information you put in each episode. Why don’t you make them a bit easier to digest?” And he’s absolutely right. So I decided to do a series of episodes focusing on one particular topic, I have mentioned before. And this time it's junmai/honjozo.

    Don't forget, Sugidama Podcast now has a sponsor, London Sake, an excellent online sake store. London Sake has one of the widest selections of premium and craft sake 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:
    What is junmaiHistory of adding alcohol to sakeJunmai is backHow to drink junmai (aroma, taste & food pairing)How to drink honjozo (aroma, taste & food pairing)Is junmai better than non-junmai?Sake of the episode Double bill: Urakasumi Honjozo and Urakasumi JunmaiKampai!
    Sake mentioned:
    Urakasumi Honjikomi Honjozo
    Urakasumi Sake Brewery
    London Sake

    Urakasumi Misty Bay Junmai
    Urakasumi Sake Brewery
    London Sake

    Music used:
    Wirklich Wichtig (CB 27) by Checkie Brown https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Checkie_Brown_1005/hey/Wirklich_Wichtig_CB_27
    Just Arround the World (Kielokaz ID 362) by KieLoKaz
     https://freemusicarchive.org/music/KieLoKaz/Free_Ganymed/Just_Arround_the_World_Kielokaz_ID_362
    Licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

    Vocal: Svetlana

    • 25 min
    Sake Ingredients: Yeast, the Unsung Hero of Sake Brewing

    Sake Ingredients: Yeast, the Unsung Hero of Sake Brewing

    The conclusion of the Sake Ingredients mini-series with an interview with Andrew Russell about sake yeast, which he calls an unsung hero of sake brewing. Andrew moved to Japan from Scotland to pursue his interest in what he described as “a fascinating and multifaceted country” and fulfil his dream of becoming a sake brewer. He started working as kurabito, a sake brewery worker, first at a small brewery on the outskirts of Okayama prefecture and then at iconic Imada Shuzo, a sake brewery located in Hitroshima prefecture.
    Imada Shuzo is famous not only for its amazing sake Imada Fukucho, but also for its toji, Miho Imada, who has been recently named one of the 100 most influential women by BBC.

    Don't forget, Sugidama Podcast now has a sponsor, London Sake, an excellent online sake store. London Sake has one of the widest selections of premium and craft sake 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:
    Andrew Russell: introduction and 3 memorable sakeKurabito's LifeRole of sake yeast in sake brewingIs sake yeast different from other yeasts?History of sake yeastHow yeast affects sakePopular and interesting sake yeastsFoamless yeastFuture development of sake yeastSake of the episode: Tamagawa 'Red Label' Yamahai Genshu JunmaiKampai!
    Sake mentioned:
    Tamagawa 'Red Label' Yamahai Genshu Junmai
    Kinoshita Sake Brewery
    London Sake

    Andrew Russell
    Origin Sake

    Imada Shuzo Honten
    Imada Sake Brewery
    Miho Imada

    Music used:
    Wirklich Wichtig (CB 27) by Checkie Brown https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Checkie_Brown_1005/hey/Wirklich_Wichtig_CB_27
    Just Arround the World (Kielokaz ID 362) by KieLoKaz
     https://freemusicarchive.org/music/KieLoKaz/Free_Ganymed/Just_Arround_the_World_Kielokaz_ID_362
    Licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

    Vocal: Svetlana

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

Gardenboy88 ,

Another great podcast

Another great podcast - this time on mirin, a relative of sake used for cooking and also sometimes drinking. Highly recommended

Katie Ches ,

Brilliant!

Never thought I’d find a podcast about Sake and it’s brilliant! Really informative and fun to learn more - particularly loved the episode with Oliver Hilton-Johnson who is extremely knowledgeable 👍🏼

Rpashaq ,

Podcast for all sake lovers

Love Sake? Want to know more about this fascinating beverage? Look no further!
Alex has it all: buckets of knowledge with a touch of poetry. Can’t wait for more episodes!

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