Sake On-nomi #16 - Say Cheese, not Cheers!

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Sake On-nomi #16 - Say Cheese, not Cheers!

For the 16th theartofsake Sake On-nomi, we are doing cheese and sake pairing again! This time with a different line up of cheese and sake selection. Cheese was surprisingly easy to pair with sake despite their strong & complex flavour profile. It was quite a fun challenge to find the perfect sake pairing.

During our R&D, we tasted many pairings that worked well at the start but fell short of our pairing standard. Nevertheless, we have found the other (sake) half for all five of the delicious cheeses from Bake Hour! These pairings beautifully complement each other and enhances the best flavours of both the sake and cheese. 

Learn about the 5 different cheese that you would be having from our special guest, Shirley Lau, the owner of Bake Hour.  

Your Sake On-nomi kit would include a sake tasting flight of 5 x 80ml bottles, 5 x 50g cheese and a placemat containing sake taste notes and Zoom Meet details.

You can either purchase the kit at $68 or the Full bottle set at $288 (U.P. $320). Our individual bottles will also be discounted for a week, you can purchase them here! 

The Zoom Live Video Conference for the Sake On-nomi will be held on Wednesday, 11 November 2020. The event will start at 8pm. The room will launch at 7:45pm for networking. To join, please purchase our Tasting Set or Full Bottle Set at our website. If you have any issues, please whatsapp +65 8855 0073.

Please note: the tasting sets will only be sent out during the late afternoon of the event day. We will bottle the samples that day to keep it as fresh as possible.

See you!


1. Keiryu Daiginjo Jinbei X Brie
Pairing the Brie with Keiryu Daiginjo Jinbei was a breeze (pun intended). This sake enhances the buttery and milkiness of the brie while keeping the sweetness intact. The previously mild brie now dances on our taste buds with grace.

2. Toko Junmai Ginjo Genshu X Wyngaard
After trying to matchmake the headstrong, heavy, roasted &slightly bitter Wyngaard with 5 different sakes, we have all came to the consensus that the Toko Junmai Ginjo Genshu shall take a spot in our onnomi again. Unlike others we tried, this sake brings out the savoury, smoky aspect and reduces the bitterness with its flavourful profile. 

3. Nihonsakari Junmai Daiginjo Namazake X Asiago Pressato 
This was a challenging pairing as the cheese hits pungent and gamy. Yet, there is something really addictive about the Asiago Pressato that slowly grows on you, exposing its earthy flavour. The Nihonsakari Junmai Daiginjo Namazake stands as the victor, keeping the best of the Asiago Pressato &blending the gaminess into a cleaner and brighter taste. 

4. Kamoizumi Junmai Hiyaoroshi X OG Kristal 
Who would have thought that the new season's autumn sake would delicately balance the very classically cheesy OG Kristal? Since OG Kristal was packed with umami, many sakes we tried pushed it to the extreme - one even make it taste like straight up soy sauce. No thank you. However, the Hiyaoroshi surprised us all with its sweet and lightness while keeping the cheese in its aftertaste.  

5. Tsuki No Katsura Junmai Daiginjo Nigori  X Blue Stilton 
This blue cheese is less scary than most out there. It tastes like sea salt and seaweed with slight floral & herbal notes. Overall, really pleasant! We loved the nigori as it complements the Blue Stilton completely, allowing that unique "land" and "sea" taste to ride with the sake. 


Purchase your tasting sets at https://theartofsake.com/collections/ira-sake-onnomi

Our Previous Sake On-nomi

Sake On-nomi #15 Toko Virtual Tour
Sake on-nomi #14 Seasonal Sake
Sake On-nomi #13 Daiginjo Kanpai for World Sake Day
Sake On-nomi #12 Chocolate Sake Pairing
Sake On-nomi #11 Guess the Daiginjo
Sake On-nomi #10 Sake Rice Selection
Sake On-nomi #9 - Aged Ham with Sake Pairing
Sake On-nomi #8 - Japanese Sake GI
Sake On-nomi #7 - Cheese with Sake Pairing
Sake On-nomi #6 - Namazake Selection
Sake On-nomi #5 - Sake Blind Tasting
Sake On-nomi #4 - Premium Daiginjo Selection
Sake On-nomi #3 - Unique Style Selection
Sake On-nomi #2 - Niigata Sake Selection
Sake On-nomi #1 - Dewazakura from Yamagata


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