7/13 Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest #Sake #Sommelier Natsuki Kikuya

7/13 Sake Sommelier Natsuki Kikuya

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear abt #wine w/ #Sake #Sommelier Natsuki Kikuya @natsukipim

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: We’d like 2 introduce you to #Sake #Sommelier Natuski Kikuya @natsukipim #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 Natsuki Kikuya @natsukipim say hello & so she knows UR here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Don’t forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order 4 every1 2 C see it! #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: As we ask Natsuki Kikuya @natsukipim our Qs, you can ask her Ur Qs as well! She’ll do her best 2 answer all Qs in order #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl Hi Everyone!! Welcome to #SommChat sake world with me!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: W/so many participants gr8 Q's R asked! Even if u dont ask 1, S/O 2 @KeeperColl & @natsukipim 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Let’s start talking with #Sake #Sommelier Natsuki Kikuya @natsukipim about #Sake with #SommChat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: @KeeperColl @natsukipim Hello! Looking forward to some #Sake discussion #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @RichardPF so glad you can join in on the #Sake #SommChat today #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @natsukipim How did you become interested in #sake? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl My family has been making #sake in Akita Pref for over 350 yrs, and that was my first start! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat peep: are there any beginner #Sake books that you would recommend @natsukipim

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl There are many great books on #sake but definitely recommend @JohnGauntner's all books! #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl Also I do make #sake magazine Museum of Sake, you cab read them on my website: museumofsake.co.uk/journal/ #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @natsukipim What experience did you have working with #sake before starting @MuseSake ? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl My first job was working at #sake shop at Hasegawa Saketen, very prestigious sake shop in Tokyo, then move to London to cont.. #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl to work at #Zuma restaurant in London as #sake sommelier. #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl I had taken #Kikizakeshi certificate , equirevent to sake somm, then visited as many sake breweries as possible! #SommChat

Irene L @i_on_food_drink: @natsukipim for your travel list: @ArtisanSake in Vancouver, Canada and check sakebc.ca #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @i_on_food_drink @ArtisanSake my next sake journey destination done! thank you!! #SommChat

Irene L @i_on_food_drink: @natsukipim and also here, wine regions, craft distilling and craft beer with excellent international cuisine 🇨🇦 😃 #SommChat

Allison Smith @allisonsmith95: Hi @natsukipim! Does #sake pair well with a variety of foods? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl YES!! As #sake has such low acidity and no tannin, it's very difficult to get paring wring. We even have saying... #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim:@allisonsmith95 Of course! I highly recommend with any NON-Japanese food, my favourites are oysters, a range of cheese and truffles! #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @allisonsmith95 @KeeperColl YES!! As #sake has such low acidity and no tannin, it's very difficult to get paring wring. We even have saying... #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl that "#Sake wa Ryori o erabanai", meaning "sake never fight with food, or chooses food".#SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm @natsukipim How does one become a #sake #sommelier other than #Kikisakeshi Certificate? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl I had helped to set up the advanced #sake L3 qualification at @WSETglobal 2 years ago, It's available at 12 different cities now #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl or recommend to take @JohnGauntner 's advanced #sake course! #SommChat

Drew Gourdie @drewbie_g: How big a factor is the amount of polishing the rice in determining the style / flavor of #Sake? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @drewbie_g Great question!! As core of rice contains pure starch & outer layers contains vitamin, protein, starch and other... #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @drewbie_g inpurities, more you polish the rice, you will only use pure starch in the core, hence sake becomes purier, cleaner #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @drewbie_g and could be more fregrant or elegant. whereas less polished rice #sake becomes richer, bolder, & full umami & complex #SommChat

Drew Gourdie @drewbie_g: Fascinating! Both styles have advantages! #SommChat twitter.com/natsukipim/sta… #SommChat

Drew Gourdie @drewbie_g: Thanks for the guidance! #Sake 🍶#SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @drewbie_g Read more on museumofsake.co.uk/exploresake/ #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @natsukipim What is @MuseSake and what is its mission? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl @MuseSake's mission is to introduce the world of #sake 2 western audience, & bring its culture &tradition to their daily lives! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @natsukipim What are the classifications of #sake and what makes them different? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl If there is "#JUNMAI" on top of category, there is no distilled alcohol added, junmai means pure rice. #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl #sake classifications is related with rice polishing ratio, plus to add or not add brewer's neutral sprits #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm do you see many #Sake bars in the #UK and if not do many #wine & #spirit bars offer Sake @natsukipim

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl Actually there is NO #sake bars in UK!!! :( it is my next mission I think... but more bars & wine bars offers sake now #SommChat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: @natsukipim How many new #Sake breweries are opening in Europe? @KeeperColl #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @RichardPF As long as I know, last & this year there are two opened in #Spain, and one about to open in #Italy, UK's first one is..#SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @RichardPF UK's first #DojimaBrewery is opening at the end of this year hopefully. #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @RichardPF plus we have Norway's @NogneO already #SommChat

Drew Gourdie @drewbie_g: There are endless #Sake bars here in Canada @natsukipim; Toronto is home to @OntarioSake, which makes excellent sake as well! #SommChat 🍶

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @natsukipim How has the #sake market in the #UK evolved over the past 5 yrs? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl With all Japanese restaurants growing, it has been #sake renaissance in UK in past 3-5 years! more non-Japanese bars & #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl & restanrants serving #sake as a new flavour #SommChat

Drew Gourdie @drewbie_g: Is it quality vs quantity? Polishing means more purity but less input ingredient available / higher cost? #SommChat twitter.com/natsukipim/sta…

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @drewbie_g yes more cost on #Daiginjo or #Ginjo quality as over 40% or rice is removed, yet it's NOT exactly linked with quality, … #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat #Somm how do you introduce/sell #Sake to a beginner as a server? #Somm @natsukipim

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Looks like we all need to travel to #Canada to try these out @drewbie_g #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @natsukipim Besides size, what are the main differences between the #Japanese #sake market and Western sake markets? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl Main difference would be difinitely the distance. As #sake quality matteres a lot with its "freshness", misstored or #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl over-stored #sake loses its original quality and it is always our challenge to improve this... #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat #Somm how do you introduce/sell #Sake to a beginner as a server? #Somm @natsukipim

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl The best selling points: its versatility, pureness, cleansing & umami enhancing effects, but love to say its beauty effects! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @natsukipim What are your favorite food and #sake combinations that most people don't say right away? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl One of my favourite is very British food, #sake & spice, Indian curry ! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat #Somm - is #sake marked up in #Uk like wine and if not what is typical mark up @natsukipim

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl Many places still mark up the same as #wine, yet as #sake prices r usually higher some tends 2 mark up lower than wine #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl Especially for the cheaper #sake i believe you sell more sake if you drop down your GP. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @natsukipim What have been some of your favorite events that @MuseSake has put on? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl My favourite events of @MuseSake was with @HIXRestaurants, #sake & British food paring with Mark Hix #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl and @MuseSake's one week pop-up #sake bar at Hoxton, @hoxcupsakebar ! it was very popular ;) #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @natsukipim What are some #sake you would suggest for a beginner? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl new generation Sparkling #sake would open eyes to beginners I believe. Any fregrant Daiginjo styles like Dassai too #SommChat

Drew Gourdie @drewbie_g: I love milky, unfiltered #sake, but is hard to find in Canada @natsukipim ; do you have faves within that style? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @drewbie_g My favourite #Nigori, cloudy #sake is #Shirakawago Sasanigori, #Kamoizumi Summer Snow & Tosa Shiragiku Gin no Yume ! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @natsukipim Does the taste of #sake change dependent on its container? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl Indeed! ISO wine glasses r good 4 professional tasting, yet traditional #Ochoko, #Guinomi & #Sakazuki is very playful. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat peep: can you also recommend some of UR fav clear, filtered #Sake served cold @natsukipim

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl All there are many... but my facourite chilled is Kaze no Mori and #Hakurakusei, #Aramasa at moment! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @natsukipim How can you be sure to order a quality #sake at a restaurant or bar? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl Any #sake with premium category (NOT Futsushu) is supposed to be good! museumofsake.co.uk/exploresake/#/… #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim @KeeperColl Though said earlier, freshness changes quality, check bottle label for bottling date, & make sure its less than 2yrold #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: q fr #SommChat #Somm what is the history of serving the #Sake in a glass inside of wooden box @natsukipim & how much she it be filled?

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl #Masu box was used to be measuring cup 4 #sake & rice, not drinking vassel! Im personally against drinking out of masu #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl but how to drink is normally first to finish the glass, then drink the sake in box. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @natsukipim What do you enjoy drinking besides #sake? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl I love a range of drinks including #sherry, new world wine & #speakeasy cocktails! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat peep: is there a correct tempature for cold sake that it should be served at @natsukipim

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl all depending on the sake characteristics, but very light fresh style to be about champagne temp, but others about 42 #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr #SommChat #Somm - how do they serve #Sake in #Japan and do you see #Sake pairings with menus there @natsukipim

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl In Japan we drink #sake casual w/ wide ranfge of food, commonly we have shared tapas sized dishes over one sake! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @natsukipim What do you like to do in your personal time? #SommChat

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl I love eating, cooking, and talking about good food :D #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Q fr shy #SommChat #Somm @natsukipim do you do blind tastings with #Sake and so do you have a guide like with #wine?

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl Its quite difficult to blind taste #sake but I love blind tasting #Yeast difference! #6, 7, 9, & 1801! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed talking w/ #Sake #Sommelier Natsuki Kikuya @natsukipim on #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Great to have Natsuki Kikuya @natsukipim join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Please join us in thanking Natsuki Kikuya @natsukipim for her time on #SommChat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: @KeeperColl @natsukipim Thanks very much for sharing your Sake knowledge and passion #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: @RichardPF it was great to see you today on #SommChat have a great day!

natsuki kikuya @natsukipim: @KeeperColl Thanks so much for having me, great pleasure to be here #SommChat with you all!!

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl: Mark UR calendar for #SommChat w/ #Winemaker @Arinzano_US Manuel Louzada Wed 7/20/16 12N ET!

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