SAKE COMPETITION 2020 will be held as scheduled.
The SAKE COMPETITION Executive Committee will take necessary precautionary measures and reduce the size of SAKE COMPETITION 2020 in light of the global COVID-19 spread, taking into account the policies of Japanese Government, we will carefully follow on future changes in the situation and the government's countermeasures, and decide on a final decision to hold or cancel on April 10.
SAKE COMPETITION 2020 Calendar
Preliminary Judging – 12 May (at Tokyo metropolitan industrial trade center)
Final Judging – 14 May (at Tokyo metropolitan industrial trade center)
Announcement of results and Official Event – 15 June (at Peninsula Tokyo)
SAKE COMPETITION 2020 is all 7 categories
All sake must be commercially available from 1 July 2019 to 31 December 2020 or intended to become available within this period. Regardless of the sales date, name of sake, label and product features have to be fixed before 30 April 2019.
Sake which qualifies as “Junmai” in Tokutei meisho (Specially designated). “Tokubestu Junmai” , “Yamahai Junmai” and “Kimoto Junmai” also can enter Junmai category.
2, Junmai Ginjo
Sake which qualifies as “Junmai Gingo” in Tokutei meisho (Specially designated). “Yamahai Junmai Ginjo” and “Kimoto Junmai Ginjo” can enter Junmai Ginjo category. Sake which can be determined as ” Junmai Ginjo”, such as “Ginjo Junmai” is also acceptable in this category.
3, Junmai Daiginjo
Sake which qualifies as “Junmai Daiginjo” in Tokutei meisho (Specially designated). “Yamahai Junmai Daiginjo” and “Kimoto Junmai Daiginjo” can enter Junmai Ginjo category. Sake which can be determined as ” Junmai Daiginjo”, such as “Daiginjo Junmai” is also acceptable in this category.
4, Ginjo and Daiginjo (distilled alcohol added)
Sake which qualifies as “Ginjo” and “Daiginjo” in Tokutei meisho (Specially designated). “Yamahai Ginjo/Daiginjo” and “Kimoto Ginjo/Daiginjo” can enter Ginjo/Daiginjo category.
5, Super premium
Sake which enters for super premium category has to be sold at more than 10,000 yen (720ml) and 15,000 yen (1800ml).
Not necessary to be qualified as Seishu, as long as Seishu base sparkling with more than 3.0 gas volume. Except, adding fruit juice, artificial flavor, and artificial coloring.
7, Oversea brewed sake
This is a special category for sake which brewed outside of Japan.
SAKE COMPETITION Judges
Our judges are industry professionals, brewery owners and master brewers. In 2018, 10 judges are from prefectural industrial research centers where they research and develop prefectural yeasts and unique brewing technologies. Others are brewers who are well-know for their high ability of Kikizake. Tasting over 600 sake in one day is not easy thing to do. We require our judges to have adequate experience of tasting large number of sake. They are required to judge at least 120 sake in one hour.
Each sake tasted will be scored individually with 1 to 5 points by using mark sheets. The competition is carried out totally in blind. Both bottles and caps are standardized so that judges are not able to recognize by the appearance. In addition, judges are not allow to touch the bottles. Our staffs are locating at each section for pouring sake and making sure to keep the conditions.