The number of entry for SAKE COMPETITION 2015

Total: 1028


Junmai Ginjo:347

Junmai Daiginjo:261

Free Style :100


All Sake entered are stored in refrigerated room until the judging day.


The competition is carried out totally blind. Each sake is poured into Kikijoko (official sake tasting cup)  and tasted at room temperature. We have strict rules for the setting of tasting such as the distance between each sake, the distance from table to Haki, and the timing of Tomoarai.

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In each category, the order is decided randomly by computer. At the preliminary judging, number of sake will be cut down to about half, by 20 selected judges. On the next day, at the final, in addition to 20 judges, total of 36 judges will be tasting about 500 sake. Our judges are industry professionals, brewery owners and master brewers.

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Judging criteria

Each sake tasted will be scored individually with 1 to 5 points as follows:

1, Outstanding

2, Good

3, Standard

4, Slightly off standard

5, Doesn’t meet standard



Sake tasting basically adopts a point-deduction scoring system, whereas wine tasting adopts a point-add system. For example, aroma is not suitable for drinking, then 1 point will be deducted.