Sake Reviews

Choya Futsushu Sake Review: A Highly Sessionable Nihonshu

Choya futsushu sake has notes of banana, pineapple, oats, pear and grapefruit.

Among the many exciting aspects of sake are the different grades with their own distinctive characteristics, like the savoury qualities of a good honjozo. Futsushu (ordinary/table) nihonshu has a mixed reputation, despite being the most common type of sake, accounting for 75% of all sake produced in Japan. 

Compared to premium grades like a daiginjo, futsushu can be derided as being ‘low-quality’ and that is simply untrue. After tasting Choya futsushu sake, I can say that there’s a lot to enjoy about the category. 

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The Kokoro Files

The Kokoro Files: Justin Potts

Justin Potts is a co-host of Sake on Air.

The Kokoro Files shares the stories of people and their connection to Japan. This connection takes many forms, and in the case of Justin Potts, it set him off on a life-long quest to learn all there is about nihonshu. A co-host of the amazing Sake on Air podcast, food and beverage entrepreneur and Master of Sake, Justin has plenty of stories to share about his love affair with sake.

Read on to learn about how his journey started, the genesis of Sake on Air and where he feels the industry is going.

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Pop Culture and Japan

Riedel Junmai Sake Glass Review: Perfect For Drinking Complex Nihonshu

The Riedel junmai sake glass is perfect for drinking compex nihonshu.

The great thing about drinking sake is that it can be enjoyed in numerous vessels. From small ochoko cups to wine glasses, every vessel provides a new experience to enjoy, reflecting the wonderful diversity of nihonshu.

I’ve officially taken my sake geekery to the next level by investing in specially designed glassware that’s perfect for drinking Junmai (pure rice) sake. Crafted by the Riedel Glass Company, the Junmai sake glass really does make a difference when imbibing Japan’s national drink.

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Japanese Cuisine

Lockdown Food Service Review: YaoYao Noodles Solves Ramen Cravings With Awesome DIY Kits

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought unprecedented disruption to business all over the world. Lockdowns have closed restaurants and bars, forcing the hospitality industry to adapt rapidly to people staying at home. The same situation happened in my home city of Manchester and I was seriously craving some good ramen broth.

The solution? Call on YaoYao Noodles to come to the rescue and deliver a ramen noodle kit.

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