Must Try in Summer – Sparkling Sake

Summer is coming!

Spring has passed away as the falling of sakura cherry blossoms, beautiful but short. As the temperature goes higher and higher, summer is around the corner. At a dinner during a hot summer, would you like a sparkling sake?

When talking about sparkling sake, there are mainly two types according to different production methods. One is carbon dioxide gas injection method, the other is secondary fermentation method in a bottle, which is similar to champagne.

Carbon dioxide gas injection method

It is made by dissolving carbon dioxide in sake. It’s the best process for undiluted Junmai sakes without carbon filtration to do like this. One of the most typical bottles of this is Mio(澪), which can be said is the most popular sparkling sake nowadays especially among female and young drinkers.
Mio is produced by Takarashuzo brewery in Kyoto. Hakutsuru brewery in Kobe used to be the sake brewery that has the largest sake production amount, but thanks to Mio, Takarashuzo has surpassed Hakutsuru and become the No.1 in sake producing industry.

In-bottle secondary fermentation method

It’s a method without pasteurization after fermentation so you can bottle alive yeast in. So it does not stop fermentation but and keep going ahead in the bottle. And this in-bottle secondary fermentation produces much carbon dioxide gas which makes it a sparkling sake.
This method is mostly used to unfiltered Junmai sake. Because the remained textures of rice in the bottle can help the secondary fermentation.
On the other hand, Nanbubijin brewery in Iwate prefecture has made a difference. They have released a sparkling sake which is not cloudy at all. When pouring into a glass, a line of sparkling foam rises just like champagne. Brewing master and staffs of Nanbubijin brewery have spent a lot of efforts and finally succeeded and wrote a new page in the history of sparkling sake.

Find Your Favourite!

Besides Mio and Nanbubijin, there are still a variety of other sparkling sakes, such as Utakata from Gekkeikan brewery and Suzune from Ithinokura brewery, etc. They are all different, having their own charming characters, waiting for your tasting during this coming summer!

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Do you also want to try great local sake produced in Kyoto while visiting the city? Join our sake tour on a Kyoto Insider Sake Experience tour. You’ll get to taste and learn about a variety of sake and the secrets of sake and Kyoto culture!

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  •   It was a great chance to see the process and history behind Kyoto’s sake brewing scene as well as the variety of flavors and tastes that come from sake.

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  •   Really enjoyed the intimate sake tasting with Kotaro. The experience itself is in Fushimi, which is a bit away from the typical tourist areas in Kyoto. Even so, the experience was still great. Kotaro is very knowledgeable, gives great recommendations, and truly likes to share...More

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  •   The guide was really great and explained all the details you need to know about sake. The tasting was also great especially with the food pairing.

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  •   Very good evening; we were late and they kindly waited for us. We had a very informative session on sake, how to recognize the different kinds; how to buy them and how to enjoy them and match them to the food we were eating.

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  •   Excellent tour, Kotaro was very knowledgeable, me and my wife had no knowledge of sake but after the tour we can make an educated choice in picking a bottle of nihonshu (sake)

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  •   This was great to learn the process of making sake and of course tasting with food pairings. Have come out more knowledgeable and can confidently order the type of sake I like at a restaurant.

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    9/09/2019
  •   We did the 1.5 hour tasting and I would definitely say its a must experience event. Kotaro goes through the details of how sake is made, the various classifications and how to think about selecting a tasty sake that will pair well with whatever you...More

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  •   I went with my partner and both of us knew very little about Sake. The tour guides were very informative and spoke English well. We learnt a lot about Sake and it’s history along with pairing Sake with food and how to read Sake bottles....More

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