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 in mid-August after an extended entry period.
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!
This year’s London Sake Challenge took place virtually in September 2020. Specially added for this year, we welcomed entries into two new categories, Wines of Japan and New World Sake.
|Kikusui Sake Co., Ltd.||Kuramitsu||Niigata|
|Takagi Shuzo Inc.||Toyonoume Junmai-Daiginjo Ryuso||Kochi|
|Kawazu Sake Brewing Company||Junmaidaiginjo Hanayuki||Kumamoto|
|Raifuku shuzo Co.Ltd||Raifuku Junmaidaiginjo Betsuatsurae||Ibaraki|
|Katoukichibee Shouten||Born : Tokusen Junmaidaiginjo||Fukui|
|Otokoyama Honten Co.,Ltd.||Sotenden JunmaiDaiginjo||Miyagi|
|Asahi Syuzo Co., Ltd./Shinto no Inori Association||Shinto No Inori Saio||Mie|
|Eikoh Sake Brewery Inc.||Shusen Eikoh Junmai-Daiginjo Laugh With Sake||Ehime|
|Tatsuuma-Honke Brewing Co. Ltd.||Kuromatsu Hakushika Junmaidaiginjo||Hyogo|
|Dassai brewery / Lucky Sake AG||Heavensake Junmai Daiginjo||Yamaguchi|
|Hachinohe Shuzo co.,ltd.||Mutsu Hassen Daiginjo||Aomori|
|Shimonoseki Shuzo Co.,LTD.||Kurabito No Jimansake||Yamaguchi|
|Iwase shuzo Co.,LTD||Iwanoi hei wanoshirabe||Chiba|
|Yoshimura-Hideo Shoten Co,Ltd./story Co.,Ltd||「Do-an」~HATATOSE||Wakayama|
|Chiyomusubi Sake Brewery Co., LTD.||ＣＨＩＹＯＭＵＳＵＢＩ ＳＯＲＡＨ||Tottori|
|Hachinohe Shuzo co.,ltd.||Mutsh Hassen Rice Ale||Aomori|
|Les Larmes du Levant||Le Vent||Rhone-Alpes|
|Saito Brewery Co., Ltd.||Awa Kuromitsu Umeshu||Tokushima|
|Kokonoesaika Co,Ltd||Aonotsuyu Umeshu||Wakayama|
|Kokonoesaika Co,Ltd||Saika Yuzushu||Wakayama|
|Katashimo Winery||RI-KA-EN Red Muscat Bailey A 2018||Osaka|
|Domaine Kayagatake||Adagio di Uenoyama||Yamanashi|