Where to buy Sake
This information is provided by the ‘Where to buy sake’ website www.wheretobuysake.com from Yoshitake & Associates
* Stocks over 20 sake brands
|*||Hedonism Wines||3-7 Davies St, Mayfair, W1K 3LD|
|*||Ichiba||Unit 0220, Relay Square, Westfield, W12 7HB|
|*||Japan Centre / Panton Street||35b Panton Street, SW1Y 4EA|
|*||Japan Centre / Westfield Stratford City||Umai, 1 Fresh Food, Great Eastern Market, Westfield Stratford City. E20 1GL|
|*||Japan House||101-111 Kensington High St, W8 5SA|
|*||Natural Natural / Finchley Road||1 Goldhurst Terrace,
|*||Natural Natural / Ealing Common||21 Station Parade,
|*||SAKAYA at Pantechnicon||19 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8LB|
|*||Rice Wine||82 Brewer Street, W1F 9UA|
|*||TK Trading||The Chase Centre, Unit 6-7, Chase Rd, NW10 6QD|
|*||The Whisky Exchange||2 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9HH|
|Atari-Ya / Finchley||595 High Road, N12 0DY|
|Atari-Ya / Acton||7 Station Parade, W3 0DS|
|Atari-Ya / Golders Green||15-16 Monkville Parade, NW11 0AL|
|Atari-Ya / Kingston||44 Coombe Road, Kington-upon-Thames, KT2 7AF|
|Atari-Ya / Swiss Cottage||75 Fairfax Road, NW6 4EE|
|Kanpai Sake||Unit 2A.2 Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Road, London SE15 3SN|
|Sainsbury||Check your close shop|
|Selfridges||400 Oxford St, Marylebone, W1A 1AB|
|The Oxford Wine Company||6 TURL STREET OXFORD, OX1 3DQ|
|Wholefoods||Check your close shop|
* Stocks over 10 sake brands
Japan’s national drink sake has played a central role in Japanese life and culture for the past 2,000 years. Sake is sometimes referred to as “rice wine” but the brewing process is more similar to beer, converting starch to sugar for the fermentation process. Undiluted sake contains 18%–20% ABV (although this is often lowered to about 15% by adding water prior to bottling).
The earliest reference to alcohol in Japan is recorded in the Book of Wei in the Records of the Three Kingdoms, a 3rd century Chinese text. Sake is more specifically referred to in the Kojiki, Japan’s first written history, which was compiled in 712 AD.
Once found only in Japanese restaurants outside its native land, sake is now served in discerning shops and restaurants of all types. As sake becomes more popular, customers are looking for guidance on how to choose, serve and enjoy sake.
Sake is such an integral part of Japanese cuisine and heritage that developing an appreciation of it will add to anyone’s understanding of Japanese history, culture and society.
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