15 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.

    Sake Ingredients: Rice, the Essence of Sake

    Sake Ingredients: Rice, the Essence of Sake

    Rice is the essence of sake. It’s the source of alcohol and it gives sake its flavour, aroma, texture and character. It’s like grape to wine but slightly different. But rice is not the most suitable ingredient for an alcoholic beverage for one obvious...

    • 26 min
    Sake Ingredients: The power of Water

    Sake Ingredients: The power of Water

    The importance of water is difficult to overestimate. It’s second only to the brewer’s skill and as important as good rice and koji.  But honestly, given good water, a skilful toji can make excellent sake from even table rice. But I am not sure if even...

    • 23 min
    5 tips to pick up the sake you will enjoy (plus what is SMV)

    5 tips to pick up the sake you will enjoy (plus what is SMV)

    What could be more disappointing than ordering something, waiting for it with excitement and then realising that it’s something you don’t like. It happens quite often unfortunately and buying and ordering sake is not an exception. So in this episode, I...

    • 28 min
    5 Essential Books about Sake

    5 Essential Books about Sake

    There are plenty of books about wine or whiskey. You go to any bookshop and you can always find something. Unfortunately, there are actually not many English language books available about the beautiful drink of Japanese sake. Definitely more than 5...

    • 29 min
    Through the time: the history of sake (Interview with Natsuki Kikuya)

    Through the time: the history of sake (Interview with Natsuki Kikuya)

    The origin of sake is covered in mystery. In order to get some clarity, I have spoken to Natsuki Kikuya, who is a certified sake and wine professional, educator and sake sommelier. She’s been a sake judge at the prestigious IWC Sake Category since 2011....

    • 53 min
    How to Open a Sake Bar in London and Survive a Lockdown (Interview with Erika Haigh from Moto London)

    How to Open a Sake Bar in London and Survive a Lockdown (Interview with Erika Haigh from Moto London)

    Erika a sake and wine specialist and director of Moto London, a sake bar which opened in London Covent Garden just about a year ago. She is an amazing person and whom I have known for some time through my blog, Instagram and personally. The story of...

    • 1 hr 8 min

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