Awards

Competition builds character

Japan National New Sake Appraisal

This appraisal was established in 1911 by Japan's National Research Institute of Brewing. It remains the largest and most respected sake appraisal in the country. Submission is limited to daiginjo-class sake, which is judged by professional sake appraisers with the aim of improving the quality of sake produced by participating breweries.

Award history

  • 2021
  • Gold
  • 2020
  • No appraisal due to pandemic
  • 2019
  • Gold
  • 2018
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • Gold
  • 2016
  • Gold
  • 2015
  • Gold
  • 2014
  • Gold
  • 2013
  • Gold
  • 2012
  • Gold
  • International Wine Challenge (UK)

    The International Wine Challenge (IWC) is one of the world's most prestigious blind tasting boards, founded in 1984. The SAKE division has grown exponentially since it was founded in 2007, as have the sales and reputations of the ever-growing list of award-winning sake producers.

    Kura Master (France)

    Established in Paris in 2017, Kura Master was created expressly with the French market in mind. The mostly French panel of judges includes a master craftsman of France (MOF) and sommeliers and barmen from the top hotels and restaurants of the country.

    Award history

    2021
    Platinum
    2020
    Gold
    2018
    Gold
    • Nanago
    • Kippuku Kinju
    • MIYASAKA Miyama Nishiki
    2017
    Gold

    U.S. National Sake Appraisal

    The U.S. National Sake Appraisal has been held annually since 2001 and is the oldest sake appraisal conducted outside Japan. Eleven judges—usually nine from Japan and two from the U.S.—evaluate approximately 500 sake entries over three days following traditional Japanese judging procedures. Top-scoring labels receive gold and silver awards, with “Grand Prix,” “Second Grand Prix” and “Third Grand Prix” awards given to entries with the highest marks in each category.

    Award history

    2021
    Gold
    2020
    Gold
    Silver
    2019
    Gold
    Silver
    2018
    Gold
    Silver
    2017
    Gold
    Silver
    2016
    Gold
    Silver
    2015
    Third Grand Prize
    Gold
    Silver
    • Kippuku Kinju
    2014
    Gold
    Silver
    2013
    Gold
    • Yumedono
    • Miyasaka Yawaraka Junmai
    • Kaden Tezukuri
    Silver
    2012
    Gold
    • Sanka
    • Miyasaka Yawaraka Junmai
    • Kaden Tezukuri
    Silver
    2011
    Gold
    Silver