Sake Experience 2016 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 2016. This year's event featured 8 breweries, who brought with them 23 different sakes and fruit based liqueurs.

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We’re delighted to announce that more than 800 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

hanafugaHana-Fuga Yuzu Sparkling

Type of Sake: Sake-based fruit liqueur
Rice Variety: Nakateshinsenbon and others
Rice Polish Ratio / ABV: - / 5%
Best Served: Chilled

A light, refreshing, and delicately sweet blend of yuzu citrus and sparkling sake. With intense aromas of yuzu marmalade, crystallised tangerine zest, and honey. The perfect preprandial for all Bellini lovers.

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.