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A Day in the Life of a Sake Expert

As Alex Walter, a sake expert, my day revolves around the intricate world of sake. The traditional Japanese rice wine is more than just a beverage; it’s a symbol of culture, tradition, and an art form that requires immense knowledge and skill.

My Morning Routine

Each morning, I begin my day with a refreshing cup of green tea, accompanied by a small plate of umeboshi, pickled plums. The tangy taste of the plums paired with the subtle bitterness of the tea is a great palate cleanser and sets the stage for the day’s sake tastings. I then review my schedule, which often includes visiting breweries, conducting tastings, and giving lectures or seminars about sake.

Visiting Breweries

Visiting breweries is an essential part of my job. It allows me to witness the sake brewing process firsthand, which is a fascinating blend of tradition and modern technology. The air in the breweries is filled with the sweet aroma of fermenting rice, and the sight of the brewers meticulously checking the sake is a testament to the dedication and passion that goes into making this exquisite drink.

Conducting Tastings

One of the highlights of my day is conducting sake tastings. I relish the opportunity to sample a variety of sakes, each with its unique flavor profile. From the light and fruity Ginjo to the rich and full-bodied Junmai, the diversity in sake is astounding. I use these tastings to not only educate others about sake but also to continually refine my palate and deepen my understanding of this versatile beverage.

Sharing Knowledge

In the evenings, I often give lectures or seminars about sake. It’s an opportunity for me to share my passion and knowledge with others, whether they’re industry professionals or just enthusiasts. I discuss the history of sake, the brewing process, and of course, the art of tasting sake.

My Evening Wind Down

After a long day, I wind down with a glass of my favorite sake, a Junmai Daiginjo from a small brewery in Niigata. Its delicate balance of sweetness and acidity, coupled with its smooth finish, is the perfect end to my day. As I savor each sip, I reflect on the day’s experiences and look forward to what the next day will bring in my journey as a sake expert.

In the world of sake, there’s always something new to learn, a new flavor to discover, and a new experience to savor. It’s a journey of continuous learning and exploration, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. So, here’s to the world of sake, a world that I’m privileged to be a part of and excited to share with others.


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