The 14th International Sake Challenge (ISC) was held on Wednesday 16th September at Tokyo American Club. Over 120 of the leading Sake from across Japan participated.
This year, each sake was tasted by all the judges, and 8 Trophies, 21 Gold Medals, 40 Silver Medals, and 35 Bronze Medals were awarded. The sakes are judged blind, with a 180ml standard kiki-choko, with an option to use a standard wine glass, or Riedel daiginjo glasses for daiginjos only.
Not to be confused with the International Wine Challenge, the ISC is organised by another body. They has close links to all the leading international wine education bodies, such as the Institute of Masters of Wine and the Wine & Spirit Educational Trust (WSET). Its judging panel is made up of 5 of the leading Japanese Sake experts, and 5 leading international wine experts.
Their primary goal is the development of understanding, awareness, distribution and sales of Sake internationally.
I would like to congratulate all the winners, especially those in our portfolio! Our breweries won 4 of the 8 Trophies on offer!
Sake Breweries in our Portfolio who won awards
Suzuki Sake Brewery (Hideyoshi)
Hideyoshi Junmai Daiginjo Matsuemon - Trophy (Junmai Daiginjo)
Hideyoshi Junmai Ginjo Shosei - Trophy (Junmai Ginjo)
Hideyoshi Daiginjo - Silver (Daiginjo/Ginjo)
Hideyoshi Junmai Daiginjo - Silver (Junmai Daiginjo)
Watanabe Sake Brewery (Hourai)
Hourai Josen - Trophy (Futsu)
Hourai Junmai Ginjo Kadentezukuri - Gold (Junmai Ginjo)
Hourai Junmai Daiginjo Irootoko - Silver (Junmai Daiginjo)
Hourai Tezukuri Junmai Hidahomare - Silver (Junmai)
Hourai Junmai Daiginjo Gokuiden - Bronze (Junmai Daiginjo)
Link to the website and other winners http://sakechallenge.com/