Tag: sake

There’s finally a certified Vegan sake

There’s finally a certified Vegan sake

The world now has its first officially Vegan sake, coming from Iwate Prefecture’s Nambu Bijin. By nature, pretty much all sake is probably Vegan anyway, since it’s generally only made from koji, rice, and water. But actually obtaining certification as a Vegan product is a […]

Link 8888, a sake aged in Chivas Regal casks

Link 8888, a sake aged in Chivas Regal casks

Sake maker Masuizumi has teamed up with Pernod Ricard Japan to bring out a sake called “Link 8888,” which has been aged in ex-Chivas Regal casks. The 8888 in the name refers to the fact that the brewery of Masuizumi is located approximately 8,888km from […]

Furusato Nozei: Japan’s government-sponsored booze

Furusato Nozei: Japan’s government-sponsored booze

Background: Local taxes in Japan Like many other countries in the world, residents of Japan pay taxes on their income at three levels: national, prefectural, and local. In the US this equates to paying federal, state, and city income taxes (14 states have places with […]

Kinmon Akita brings whisky into the world of aged sake

Kinmon Akita brings whisky into the world of aged sake

The Kinmon Akita Sake Brewery has revealed some aged sakes due out on December 17th that supposedly have a whisky finish. This, combined with the long maturation of 10 to 30 years — ultra long for sake — should bring about some rather unique flavors. […]

Review: Single Malt Whisky White Oak Akashi Sake Cask

Review: Single Malt Whisky White Oak Akashi Sake Cask

Releases like this White Oak Akashi Sake Cask make me feel warm and fuzzy about the future of Japanese whisky. And that’s not just because it’s 50% abv! Japanese Whisky Shortage for a few years I mean, sure — we are in the midst of […]

Single Malt Whisky White Oak Akashi Sake Cask… what is it?

Single Malt Whisky White Oak Akashi Sake Cask… what is it?

Aichi Prefecture-based Fujikei Kyoi Co. Ltd. has announced the release of Single Malt Whisky White Oak Akashi Sake Cask, a 3-year whisky that spends all of its time maturing in American white oak ex-sake casks. You are unlikely to find this one available online in […]

Take the aroma of sake to the afterlife with One Cup Ozeki sake incense sticks

Take the aroma of sake to the afterlife with One Cup Ozeki sake incense sticks

Candle and incense maker Kameyama has teamed up with famous sake maker Ozeki to produce One Cup Ozeki brand sake scented incense for use at home. “Your loved ones’ hearts may be throbbing in anticipation of being able to drink everyday in heaven,” the PR […]

Review: Muji Sake, 2017 edition

Review: Muji Sake, 2017 edition

As reported last month, un-brand brand Muji released a Muji sake again in 2017, this time on December 22. Luckily I live nearby the flagship in Yurakucho, so I managed to pick up a bottle on launch day before they sold out. Let’s have some […]

Muji Sake comes again on December 22, 2017

Muji Sake comes again on December 22, 2017

Minimalist powerhouse and anti-brand Muji is releasing a Muji Sake again this year that uses only Nagasa-mai rice from Chiba’s Kamogawa city. Famous for its rice since Japan’s Edo period, the area is more recently known for the Oyama Senmaida, selected as one of Japan’s […]

Coming to Tokyo Combinis Soon: Canned Hot Sake

Coming to Tokyo Combinis Soon: Canned Hot Sake

At any convenience store in Japan you’ll find a section devoted to bottles and cans of hot drinks, usually tea and coffee. Beginning on October 2nd we can add another item to the list: canned hot sake! Canned coffee has been around in Japan since […]