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Tippsy's writers contribute to bringing unique content around Japanese Sake, food culture and trends to you.

Tippsy Recipe & Shichida “75”

August 09, 2019

Tippsy Recipe & Shichida “75”

By Alice Hama

This sake has a complex aroma of baked fruits like fig and prune followed by grain nuances such as rye and buckwheat.

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Spotlight: Jessica Joly (Part 2)

August 02, 2019

Spotlight: Jessica Joly (Part 2)

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Jessica Joly is Marketing Director for Sake Discoveries, a New York-based company spreading sake awareness through events, branding, and education.

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Tippsy Recipe & Fukuju Blue

June 24, 2019

Tippsy Recipe & Fukuju Blue

By Alice Hama

Tippsy brings you simple but delicious recipes that pair well with our selected sake.

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Spotlight: Jessica Joly (Part 1)

May 22, 2019

Spotlight: Jessica Joly (Part 1)

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

In our third Spotlight, we talk to Jessica Joly whose creativity is bringing sake to new heights and audiences!

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Sake-Tasting Tour at Ishikawa Brewing Company, Tokyo

April 20, 2019

Sake-Tasting Tour at Ishikawa Brewing Company, Tokyo

By Hayataro Sakitsu

Ishikawa Brewing Company offers a sake-tasting tour in English and Japanese, and is close enough to Tokyo that you can take a tour there in half a day!


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Bringing Japan Home: IKEBANA

April 13, 2019

Bringing Japan Home: IKEBANA

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Even if you can't see the cherry blossoms, you can bring home a part of Japan through the wonderful art of Ikebana flower arrangements!

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Enchanting Sakura

April 06, 2019

Enchanting Sakura

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Every year, cherry blossoms (sakura) bring so much beauty and joy to locals and visitors alike. It is a source of inspiration for poetry, art, cuisine, and much more!

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Fact 6: Most Expensive Sake is Not the Tastiest Sake

March 27, 2019

Fact 6: Most Expensive Sake is Not the Tastiest Sake

By Saki Kimura

Sake ranges in price from affordable to expensive, but prices aren't the only determination for taste. Personal preferences, food combinations, and other conditions play a big role in the sake that will be most appealing to you!

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Spotlight: Bridging Sake & Wine, Tippsy Interviews Alice Hama

March 20, 2019

Spotlight: Bridging Sake & Wine, Tippsy Interviews Alice Hama

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

In our second Spotlight, leading female sommelier Alice Hama tells us about the expanding world of wine and sake, and shares excellent recommendations for "bridging" the two global beverages.

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Sake Recommendations for Wine Drinkers

March 11, 2019

Sake Recommendations for Wine Drinkers

By Saki Kimura

Sake is attracting the attention of sommeliers and wine lovers! Read Saki's tips on selecting sake based on your general wine preferences and tastes.

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Fact 5: Sake Complements More Than Japanese Cuisine

February 22, 2019

Fact 5: Sake Complements More Than Japanese Cuisine

By Saki Kimura

In Part 5 of her series on "Misunderstood Facts", Saki Kimura, a Sake Sommelier/ Food Journalist based in San Francisco, tells us about pairing sake with other types of cuisine.

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Fact 4: You Should Not Make Sake Piping Hot

February 01, 2019

Fact 4: You Should Not Make Sake Piping Hot

By Saki Kimura

Continuing her series, "6 Facts That Are Misunderstood About Sake," Saki Kimura shares how to properly warm sake without losing its delicate taste and aroma.

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Can you make sake with regular table rice?

January 25, 2019

Can you make sake with regular table rice?

By Seika Suzuki

Not all rice is suitable for brewing sake. Certain types of Japonica rice have special components that are used for brewing sake. The most important property is "shinpaku" which plays an important role in saccharification, the conversion of starch to sugar, and influences the taste and aroma of the final product.

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Spotlight continued: Tippsy Interviews Timothy Sullivan (Part 2)

January 19, 2019

Spotlight continued: Tippsy Interviews Timothy Sullivan (Part 2)

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

In Part 2 of our interview, Timothy Sullivan tells us about his experiences with Hakkaisan Brewery and the changes in Japan that are bringing premium sake to the forefront.

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Spotlight: Tippsy Interviews Timothy Sullivan (Part 1)

January 10, 2019

Spotlight: Tippsy Interviews Timothy Sullivan (Part 1)

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

"Sake is Japanese culture in a cup—a microcosm of the larger expression of Japanese culture." We kick off our new Spotlight Series with our first guest, Hakkaisan Global Brand Ambassador, Sake Educator and Sake Sommelier Timothy Sullivan.

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Fact 3: Sake should not always be preserved like wine

December 28, 2018

Fact 3: Sake should not always be preserved like wine

By Saki Kimura

Saki Kimura, a Sake Sommelier/ Food Journalist based in San Francisco, writes a special series of articles "6 Facts that Are Misunderstood About Sake"

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Fact 2: Sake is Not a Spirit

December 28, 2018

Fact 2: Sake is Not a Spirit

By Saki Kimura

One of the most shocking sake experiences working as a sake sommelier in Tokyo was when I saw a visitor from overseas chugging a glass of sake. Surprised and curious at the same time, I couldn’t help but ask “Why do you drink sake like tequila?

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Why is the brand

December 17, 2018

Why is the brand "Dassai" so famous?

By Genki Ito

How did "Dassai" brand become so famous? You will see how a small brewery located in distant small town in Yamaguchi Prefecture innovated the sake industry.

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Top 5 Gifts for Sake Lovers

December 11, 2018

Top 5 Gifts for Sake Lovers

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

The art of sake deserves to be celebrated! Here are the Top 5 gift recommendations for your sake-loving friend or co-worker. Use the right sake vessels to enjoy hot or chilled sake. Serve it on a beautiful wooden tray, reminiscent of Japan, or in a modern ice bucket.

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What is rice polishing ratio?

November 11, 2018

What is rice polishing ratio?

By Seika Suzuki

Seika studies "Japanese sake" at Niigata University in Japan, which is located at the center of sake production. She explains the basics of "Rice Polishing Ratio" and how that affects the overall quality of sake.

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Journey Into Sake

October 15, 2018

Journey Into Sake

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Our Content Editor, Louie Anne talks about her first encounter with sake and her cultural experience growing up in beautiful Okinawa, Japan.

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Fact 1: Sake Is Made From Rice

October 01, 2018

Fact 1: Sake Is Made From Rice

By Saki Kimura

Sake, Japanese traditional alcoholic drink, is mysterious and complicated. Its flavor can easily change depending on temperature, vessels and food. Though it seems drinkable and smooth, you can get really drunk if you don’t know the proper way to enjoy it.

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