Our judges are industry professionals, brewery owners and master brewers. In 2017, 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 required 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.