IWC 2018 Awards Dinner

10th July 2018, Grosvenor House Hotel

Sake samurai in partnership with IWC is pleased to announce the final result of this year’s sake judging.

IWC announced the winner of its Champion Sake at the IWC 2018 Awards Dinner held on 10 July 2018 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. They saw a record 1,639 sake entries from 456 breweries from all over the world – from regions as diverse as USA to Switzerland, and they were judged in Yamagata, Japan in May.

The IWC Sake Champion 2018 prize went to Okunomatsu Adatara Ginjo produced by Okunomatsu Sake brewery in Fukushima. This is the second time that sake from Fukushima grabbed the champion’s prize, previously awarded in 2015. This sake stood out for judges by demonstrating pretty, floral notes of honeysuckle, jasmine, peach, ripe pear and melon.

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IWC 2018 Award Winning Sake Tasting

9th July 2018, Embassy of Japan

Prior to the IWC Awards Dinner, where the Champion sake and top awards are to be announced, the Embassy of Japan and Sake Samurai Association hosted the celebration tasting for the finalist sake makers. This ‘Crème de la crème’ annual tasting was long awaited by sake lovers and the trade, and a staggering number of over 250 guests applied for entry to the special night.

The fourteen attending sake makers were all trophy winners for IWC’s nine sake categories. The event was also attended by the chairman and vice-chairman of Sake Samurai. Guests enjoyed sampling the most acclaimed craftsmanship of Japan’s oldest industry and tasted over 30 different brands throughout the evening.

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