Trivia Night - Sake On-nomi #39

Event Summary:

In Sake On-nomi #39, we challenged our participants to a round of trivia night! Drink sake, answer trivia and learn something along the way!

Brave participants that took part in this event stood a chance to win the limited edition, award winning Hideyoshi Daiginjo Genshu Matsuemon (worth $128).

As we had a industry friend join our event, we have decided the extend the prize sake to the 2nd place as well. 

Hosting it on Kahoot means that the fastest + most accurate finger wins the quiz. There are 5 pit-stops where we would pause the quiz to taste the sakes chosen for the night.

Do the questions get easier as you drink? Absolutely not. Good luck! 

Here were some of the interesting and tricky questions:

Answer: Sudo Honke Sake Brewery is almost 900 years old! Founded in 1141 and run by the 55th generation of the Sudo family, it is the oldest sake brewery in Japan.

Answer: Because of the unique process of using Koji to make sake, sake is the only alcohol with significant amount of umami.

Answer: Nada grows 25% of the Yamadanishiki in Japan, also known as the King of sake rice. It's an impressive feat for a GI the size of the Jurong. It is called "Nada-gogo" because Nada's sake breweries/factories are divided into five villages: Nishi-gō, Mikage-gō, Uozaki-gō, Nishinomiya-gō, Imazu-gō. 

The other options are very close answers and here's why - 
i) Nara is the birthplace of sake
ii) Niigata ranks 1st on most amount of PREMIUM sake, but 3rd in overall sake made
iii) Kyoto ranks 2nd on both premium and overall sakes made

Answer: Iwai is a sake rice grown in Kyoto. It is suitable for sake making, but it has a low yield at 34kg per acre, making it expensive to use. Its characteristics synergises well with the famous Fushimizu water, resulting in soft velvety sakes. 

Check out our 2 of our sakes made with Iwai rice here: 
-Tsuki no Katsura Junmai Daiginjo "Heian-Kyo" 
-Tsuki no Katsura Junmai Daiginjo Nigori

Answer: Definitely not Dewanosato rice haha! "Dewa" here stands for Dewasansan rice, which is now considered the perfect sake rice to make Junmai Ginjo sake with its good umami and large shinpaku. "33" is another cheeky name for "sansan" , or mountain, as seen in the logo.

Check out our 2 Dewasansan sakes here: 
-Dewazakura Junmai Ginjo Dewasansan 
-Dewazakura Junmai Ginjo Dewasansan Namagenshu

Answer: Omachi rice grains are prone to cracking as it is a pure-strain heirloom rice. In fact, omachi rice is the granddaddy of all sakamai.

Despite being incredibly hard to brew with omachi, Gozenshu has managed to brew a top quality sake at 40% polishing ratio. Check it out here: 
Gozenshu Junmai Daiginjo Omachi Bodaimoto 

If you would like to experience rare omachi rice from different regions, check out our Gozenshu Omachi Trilogy bundle here.

Answer: Did you know that most sakamai are cross-strains?
i) Yamadanishiki (Yamadaho x Tankan Wataribune)
ii) Gohyaku Mangoku (Kikusui X Shin-200-go)
iii) Gin No Yume (Yamadanishiki X Hinohikari)

Answer: A masu (枡 ("square") or 升 ("measure") was originally a square wooden box used to measure rice in Japan during the feudal period. It is around 180ml, hence, most sakes are bottled at 720ml. We do not recommend drinking from a masu as the corners can trap bacteria, making it not the most hygenic drinkware. 

Don't have proper drinkwares for sake? We got you covered, check out our sake cups and glasses here

Last but not least, the Killer Question of the night:

Answer: Kamanoo is a heirloom rice that has similar status to omachi. Here are the rice of the flavour profiles mentioned. 

  • Rich, dry, citrusy, earthy, umami Kamenoo
  • Fragrant, fruity, elegant, and complex = Yamadanishiki
  • Aromatic, earthy, mellow, rich, and complex = Omachi 
  • High umami, clean and crisp, dry = Oseto

Don't believe us? Try our Kamenoo sakes here: 
-Senkin Junmai Daiginjo Urara
-Senkin Nature Organic Kimoto
-Senkin Modern Kamenoo 

Winner Announcement: 

Congrats to our 2 winners, Adrian S. and Wei en! It was a good fight!

Thank you everyone who joined our Trivia Night event and also leaving us review. We hope that you've enjoyed yourselves and learnt new things about sake. Catch you in the next Sake On-nomi Session!


Sayuri Lim

Your Sake On-nomi set will include:

1) a sake tasting flight of 5 x 70ml bottles
2) a placemat containing sake tasting notes and Zoom details
3) an hour's session with our in-house educator, Adrian Goh

Sake Selection:
1) Dewazakura Junmai Daiginjo Yukiwakamaru
2) Imayotsukasa Junmai Daiginjo Woodcask
3) Imanishiki Junmai Daiginjo Nenrin
4) Ishizuchi Daiginjo Daiyuuho (event-exclusive sake)
5) Keigetsu Nigori Junmai Daiginjo 50

Event Date: 26 Jan 2022, 8pm.

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Our Previous Sake On-nomi

Sake On-nomi #38 - Manotsuru Blind Tasting Set
Sake On-nomi #37 - Uncompromising Sake Excellence

Sake On-nomi #36 - End Your Year with a W
Sake On-nomi #35 - Oyster & Sake Pairing 
Sake On-nomi #34 - Experience Kozaemon

Sake On-nomi #33 - Fall for the flavours of Autumn
Sake On-nomi #32 - Sake All-Star! World Sake Day
Sake On-nomi #31 - Mid-Autumn Sake Pairing
Sake On-nomi #30 - Sake of the Mountain Peak
Sake On-nomi #29 - SG Childhood Snacks and Sake Pairing

Sake On-nomi #28 - Beginner's Guide to Japanese Sake
Sake On-nomi #27 - World Chocolate Day with Sake 
Sake On-nomi #26 - Royals of the Sake World 

Sake On-nomi #25 - Sake and Snacks Party with DDDK!
Sake On-nomi #24 - Dreams of Hourai-zon 
Sake On-nomi #23 - "Sake Warming!"
Sake On-nomi #22 - Rebloom of Sakari 
Sake On-nomi #21 - The Art of Sake x Lion City Meadery 

Sake On-nomi #20 - Celebrate CNY with Sake!
Sake On-nomi #19 - Gozenshu: Brewery of Ancient Style

Sake On-nomi #18- Taste Of Manotsuru

Sake On-nomi #17 - Juyondai Vertical Tasting
Sake On-nomi #16 Cheese & Sake Pairing
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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