The season of making plum wine

The season of making plum wine

Making plum wine is a race against time!  In Japan, the months of preparing plum wine is from May to June, this when supermarkets and stores desig...

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The above photo was taken in Takeno Shuzo (Yasakaturu) in Kyoto.

Tobin, what does it really mean?

(The above photo was taken in Takeno Shuzo/Yasakaturu in Kyoto.)   Given that there are many sake terms that are daunting to the uninitiated, sake ...

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Ways to enjoy shochu-Part 2

Ways to enjoy shochu-Part 2

Shochu, a distilled alcohol beverage made with barley, rice or sweet potato. Often served neat, on the rocks or with soda, and is as versatile as v...

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Ways to enjoy shochu-Part 1

Ways to enjoy shochu-Part 1

Generally made from rice, sweet potato and barley, shochu produced by Japanese distilleries have aromas that range from sweet to smokey that are d...

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Sake Storage Tips

Sake Storage Tips

Not to worry you don't need a wood barrel to store your sake.    Storing sake correctly is essential to maintain its quality and structure, nothin...

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How to warm sake

暖酒方法

Warming sake is like decanting matured wine, it opens up the sake and reveals subtle flavors that would otherwise hidden if it is chilled. Keep in...

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