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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  •   I didnt know what to expect when taking this tour, i was completely suprised to find out that as well as a brewery tour and tasting we would also be learning how to read Sake Bottle labels. It was a great day.

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  •   I had a lot of fun on this tasting It was like a college intro to the complexities of sake. I actually tried to sign up for three hour but It was sold out. So i signed up for the 1.5 hour one. I was...More

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    7/11/2019
  •   We visited a real brewery and learned a ton about the process and the ingredients. Then off we go to taste a bunch of different sake + food paring. The guide Kotaro was really knowledgeable and answered all our questions in perfect english. I highly...More

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  •   There is so much to learn about sake making and consumption, and Kotaro does a great job presenting the information in an understandable and logical flow. It was clear that he put a lot of thought and effort into crafting and refining the presentation and...More

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  •   We had a wonderful time on Kotaro's sake tour in Kyoto. It was incredibly informative, and we came away with a much greater appreciation for sake. Kotaro puts his heart and soul into the tour, and in our opinion it is a 'must do' while...More

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    7/05/2019
  •   I never knew the complexity, care, and reverence that's entailed in making Sake. This tour not only opened my eyes to theses elements, but it was very informative. The background, history, process, and esp. learning to pair Sake with various foods was super nice. I've...More

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  •   Nice and friendly guide and the explanation about the sake is very clear and informative. The 7 glasses of sake that I have tried are really good!

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    7/04/2019
  •   Wow, what an unexpectedly fantastic tour. I learned so much about sake making and Japanese cuisine and culture. It was also great to be far away from tourist zones and experience the real Japan. Even if you’re not a sake lover, this is a worthwhile...More

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    6/28/2019
  •   I have been exploring the different drinks of Japan (matcha tasting/tours at d:matcha, whiskey tasting at Yamazaki, etc.) and this sake tour was a great part of my exploration. Kotaro was knowledgable about the differences in sake and how it was made. Ending with a...More

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  •   We have done multiple tours in Japan and this one was fun and informative. It starts out a bit like a seminar but ends with a full fleged sake tasting session with a pretty good amount of sake. It was definitely a learning experience but...More

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