2020 has been quite a year. It has been a year of unexpected change and with it, we've also tried many new things in tears and laughter.
We had to change our business model when the pandemic hit us and Singapore went into circuit breaker. We ventured into B2C and launched our website, theartofsake.com.
Instead of doing sake pairing at restaurants, we moved to zoom meetings and our "Sake On-nomi" was born. Doing our online event non-stop every 2 weeks this year, we completed our 18th session! We can't believe how far we came from a fun, informal and local-inspired packaging to printing proper bottle labels and one-upping ourselves on the placemat designs with every session. We often joke that our office is now a mini bottling factory - each and every mini bottles are painstakingly washed, filled, bottled and delivered every session. Even so, the continuous support for our on-nomi made everything worth it. We hope that you've found them enjoyable and educational!
With no experience, we tried our hands at video making, scripting sake introductions while trying to keep them entertaining. We are always very hearten when you tell us you've come because you watched our videos on YouTube. Once, we even hosted a Facebook Live. That was fun too.
Even though Warehouse Sales in this year were scaled down, we still managed to raise funds for charity. Due to your overwhelming support at our recent Pre-Christmas Warehouse Sale, we managed to raise a total of $960. We also received $490.79 in donations over the last 9 months on our website, which we matched and rounded up the donations to $2000.
A big THANK YOU for making this happen. Moving forward into 2021, we want to increase our support to help the Children of Singapore and bring smiles to them beyond the festive season.
All in all, thank you for choosing our sakes at theartofsake.com, be it to drink in merriment or as a celebratory gift for your best pal or loved ones. To show our deep appreciation, we would like to gift you a special promo code "THANKYOU2020", to get $10 off your next purchase, with a $100 minimum spending. Valid till 31st Dec 2020. Without you, there would be no us.
Here's a toast to a meaningful 2021 ahead! May your year be a smooth-sailing one.
The IWC Sake Competition was introduced in 2007 with the support of the Japanese Sake Brewers Association. It has grown into one of the most recognised sake competitions with the most diverse set of judges from around the world.
The International Wine Challenge 2020 was delayed from April to November 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We finally have the results!
This year, there were 1401 sakes within 9 categories. Some observations by the head judges was that there were fewer entries for low alcohol (12%) Junmais, maybe it is a trend that is fading. CO2 is more common in sakes, carrying on the trend from previous years.
Our portfolio breweries did very well this year, winning 4 of the 31 trophies up for grabs.
Link to the website and other winners http://internationalwinechallenge.com/
Our year end warehouse sale is back on 12 to 13 December and it's the biggest sale of 2020! This time we are doing it as a closed door event, strictly for ticket holders only!As December is the month of giving, we would be raising funds for the Singapore Children's Society. We will be collecting a small entry fee of $10/pax that we would donate fully to the Singapore Children's Society.The entry fee would include free-flow on-site sake tasting, access to warehouse exclusive sakes up to 35% discount, PLUS a limited edition Nihonsakari Tote Bag as a door gift. It doesn't get...
For the 18th theartofsake Sake On-nomi, we are going back to our roots!
Manotsuru sake from Sado Island, Niigata, was one of the 6 original brands we started with in 2008. Niigata is one of the most famous places for sake, and they make the largest amount of super premium sake of any prefecture in Japan. Niigata people also have the very legit record of drinking the most amount of sake per pax in Japan.
Sado Island is kind of the Pulau Ubin of Japan. Around the same size as Singapore, there used to be a gold mine on the island. Currently they are famous for their agriculture, as well as the conservation park for the beautiful but endangered Toki (Crested Ibis)
Manotsuru Sake is made by Obata Shuzo, and the brewery was founded in 1892. Their owner, Rumiko Obata, is the 5th generation owner, and is responsible for the brewery's international appeal.
Rumiko will be joining our onnomi session, so please feel free to ask her more about her sake.
The tasting set will be available at S$45/-. Full Bottle Tasting Set will be available for $398 (Original Price $490) you can purchase them here!
1. Manotsuru Junmai Sakura
A light, gentle brew filled with aromas of sweet rice, fresh spring water and hints of mineral.
2. Manotsuru Junmai Cho Karakuchi
Although dry, it still has a refreshing finish that makes you feel the softness of the rice. You can get notes of unripen fruits, and rice bran on the nose, with black pepper and other spice on the mouth
3. Manotsuru Junmai Daiginjo Sado Yamadanishiki
Made using Yamadanishiki rice grown in Sado Island. It is graceful and elegant, the nose is the bouquet of roses , orange blossom and apple. Complex sweet spice notes towards the finish.
4. Manotsuru Junmai Daiginjo Miku
Made using Koshitanrei rice from Sado Island. It has a rich, complex tropical fruit aroma of mango and pineapple. Citrus acidity with a refreshing and fragrant fruity taste. Savory with some spicy herbal texture.
5. Manotsuru Daiginjo Maho
Pure, clean perfumes of rich melon, pear, cotton candy with slight green notes. Luscious and full on the palette with a velvety texture. The elegant flavors progressively spreads, culminating into an explosion of fruit with mineral finish. Deep, elegant and complex. IWC Gold Medal
Purchase your tasting sets at https://theartofsake.com/collections/ira-sake-onnomi
For the 17th theartofsake Sake On-nomi, we are doing something really premium and very highly requested. A Vertical tasting of the Japanese Cult Sake Brand, Juyondai.
Elegant, #1 Brewery in Japan, Expensive, Value for Money, Not Worth the Money, Juicy, Sweet; These are some of the common things we hear about the brewery's sake. This time, you get to decide for yourself!
Juyondai (十四代) is made by Takagi Sake in Yamagata Prefecture. Founded in 1615, this brewery is currently on its 15th generation owner. There are actually another 2 sake brands under this brewery, but Juyondai is the most famous.
As one of the most expensive sake in the market, Juyondai is not only expensive but also has a the most premium entry pricing. Their entry level Honmaru, a tokubetsu honjozo, is around 10 times the price in Singapore from its equivalent from other breweries! This is actually due to market forces, and to how difficult is it to get a hold of the sake.
Juyondai is famous for its unique, fragrant and fruity aromas and its very rich and concentrated flavour. The brewery also spends a lot of time and money in the development of new Sake Rice. They have created a few unique sake rice, Tatsunootoshigo, Sake Mirai, and recently Ushuhomare.
Another unusual thing about this brewery is they keep many things mysterious and secret, this may be a part of their appeal! They seldom grant visits and interviews, and they do not even have their own website.
1. Juyondai Honmaru (Tokubetsu Honjozo)
Refreshing and sweet flavours, with a rich and velvety mouthfeel, it has an off-dry finish. This Tokubetsu Honjozo is polished down to 55%, and the jozo alcohol added to it is made in-house.
2. Juyondai Nakadori Junmai Muroka
This sake is unfiltered, giving it more breadth of taste compared to other Juyondai. It still retained its silky texture, and its fruity and floral aroma. Polished to 55%, this sake still maintains a good amount of umami.
3. Juyondai Ginsen (Ginjo)
This sake is made from the "king of sake rice", Yamadanishiki. It has a mild fruity nose, and sweet. Polished to 50%, it can technically be called a Daiginjo, but the brewery decided to just call it a Ginjo Sake.
4. Juyondai Nakadori Junmai Ginjo Yamadanishiki
Fruity and gorgeous aroma of melon, Juicy & Fruity without being cloying. Polished to 50%, This is one of Juyondai's signature sakes.
5. Juyondai Nakadori Daiginjo Yamadanishiki
This is probably the most characteristic Juyondai Sake. Clean, Fruity & Juicy. Polished to 35%, this sake is at the front gate of Juyondai's most premium Sakes.
Purchase your tasting sets at https://theartofsake.com/collections/ira-sake-onnomi
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