Organised by the Sake Sommelier Association (SSA), the London Sake Challenge is Europe’s oldest sake contest and one of the most prestigious sake competitions globally. The London Sake Challenge, established in 2012, pioneered a new style of alcohol competition in Europe: the first to focus exclusively on sake. This year, we will again be breaking new ground by hosting the first ever virtual London Sake Challenge. This year’s event takes place virtually on Wednesday 15th July 2020.
Building on years of experience, and drawing on the sake expertise of our team of Certified, Advanced and Master Sake Sommelier judges; the London Sake Challenge seeks to identify and celebrate the very best that the sake world has to offer.
The London Sake Challenge competition is opened to all types and designations of sake from every corner of the world. This year though, there are two new categories for entered sake to win awards in:
Consistently covered by the Japanese, British, and international media; the London Sake Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for those looking to boost the prestige of their product and expand into new markets.
We believe that judging sake is as difficult as judging wine (if not more so), and for that reason our judges are all Certified, Advanced and Master Sake Sommeliers. In order to prioritise the health & safety of our sommeliers, this year’s judges have all been selected from UK-based sake sommeliers. The SSA has still ensured that our judges represent a wide variety of nationalities and backgrounds to provide entrants with the benefit of international palates and interpretations towards the judging process.
We at the London Sake Challenge take great pride in our passion and experience. We strive to treat sake with the same love and respect as the master brewers who craft it.
London Sake Challenge 2020 Announced!
Due to the difficulties caused by Coronavirus, the Sake Sommelier Association has decided not to cancel this year’s competition – but instead host it virtually!
This year’s event, taking place on Wednesday 15th July 2020, is aimed to adapt to current situation whilst still respecting our aim goal to identify and celebrate the best sake available.
This year’s competition is will also open up two new categories: Japanese Wine and New World Sake. These categories will be looking to award some of the finest wines & liqueurs created in Japan; and the exciting new sake being created across the world!
To enter your products into the competition, or to find out more information,
please see our How to Enter page here.
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|Raifuku shuzo CO.,LTD||Raifuku Tokubetsujunmaisyu Misatonishiki||Ibaraki||Junmai|
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|Usui Souten Co.,Ltd||Seisyu Hakubanishiki Daiginjo Urarasyu||Nagano||Daiginjo|
|Shimonoseki Shuzo CO.,LTD.||KURABITO NO JIMANSAKE||Yamaguchi||Junmai Ginjo|
|Kasumitsuru Co., Ltd.||Kimoto Junmai Kasumitsuru||Hyogo||Junmai|
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|Nambu Sake Brewery Inc||MISATONISHIKI JUNMAIDAIGINJO||Fukui||Junmai Daiginjo|
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|Katoukichibee Shouten||Born：Wing Of Japan||Fukui||Junmai Daiginjo|
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