Sake Experience 2018 at the HYPER JAPAN Festival

The Eat-Japan Sake Experience, one of Europe’s biggest public tasting events for sake, where you can try, learn, buy, and vote as you enjoy Japan’s most traditional tipple, returned once again for HYPER JAPAN 2018. This year's event featured 7 breweries, who brought with them 19 different sakes and fruit based liqueurs.

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We’re delighted to announce that around 1000 visitors participated in this event, voting for their favourite sake in three different categories. The results were as follows.

People's Favourite

Your overall favourite sake

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

The ideal introductory sake

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

The sake you would most like to try with another cuisine

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.