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Sake Experience 2018: So Who Won?

We’ve received questions from HYPER JAPAN attendees about which sake were voted the winners of the Sake Experience 2018.

With three categories, the winners were:

People’s Favourite

Kubota Senjyu
Type of Sake: Ginjo
Rice Variety: Gohyakumangoku
Rice Polish Ratio / ABV: 55% / 15%
Best Served: Chilled, Room temp., Warm

This food friendly sake has a clean aroma of fennel, spearmint and subtle green apple. It has a spicy yet refreshing & crisp aftertaste, and pairs nicely with many dishes. It can be served at a variety of temperatures.

Best Sake for Sake Beginners

Shirakabegura MIO Sparkling Sake
Type of Sake: Sparkling
Rice Variety: Gohyakumangoku
Rice Polish Ratio / ABV: 60% / 5%
Best Served: Chilled

This gently carbonated, low-alcohol sake showcases the natural sweetness and fruitiness of rice. A great introductory sake, ideal as an aperitif or served with a light sweet course, such as fruit or sorbet.

Best Match with Non-Japanese Food

Koimari Saki Ginjo
Type of Sake: Ginjo
Rice Variety: Gohyakumangoku
Rice Polish Ratio / ABV: 60% / 15%
Best Served: Chilled

A gentle nose of cedar, black cherry, and dried porcini mushroom. Well-balanced body with refreshing acidity, mellow umami, and sweet notes of dried apricot and sour cherry. Excellent with prawns or scallops.