The number of entry for SAKE COMPETITION 2017

453breweries ,total 1730 entries(including 8 breweries,22 entries from overseas)

【Junmai】448 entries (including 1 oversea entry)

【Junmai Ginjo】518 entries

【Junmai Daiginjo】414 entries

【Ginjo】196 entries

【Super Premium】62 entries

【Sparkling】71 entries

【Oversea entry】21 entries

All Sakes 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.


In each category, the order is decided randomly by computer. At the preliminary judging, number of sake will be cut down to about the half, by 30 selected judges. On the next day, at the final, 38 judges will be tasting about 600 sake. Our judges are industry professionals, brewery owners, and master brewers. In 2016, 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 500 sake in one day is not an easy thing to do. We required our judges to have adequate experience of tasting a large number of sake at one time.

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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.