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spirits tasting

Sake Shochu Showdown

spirits tasting

Sake Shochu Showdown

105 reviews
Over 90 people rated this experience 5 stars.
Sip spirits with a renowned shōchū expert
Sip spirits with a renowned shōchū expert
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Drinks, Food
Hosted in
English
spirits tasting

Sake Shochu Showdown

spirits tasting

Sake Shochu Showdown

105 reviews
Over 90 people rated this experience 5 stars.
Sip spirits with a renowned shōchū expert
Sip spirits with a renowned shōchū expert
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Drinks, Food
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Learn about sake (a brewed rice drink) and shochu (a Japanese spirit) while tasting a diverse range of both traditional beverages. Some 53 ingredients can be used in the production of shochu, such as sweet potato, brown sugar, barley, rice, or buckwheat. Each one adds its own unique flavor and aroma to the distilled liquor. As we explore these differences, I’ll describe shochu’s history, production process, and cultural relevance. We’ll do an equally deep dive into sake (which is made from fermented rice) to see how distinct and dynamic these two national drinks can be. I’ll also share tips on how to converse with bartenders and servers in my favorite bars and bottle shops in Tokyo. You’ll leave with new confidence when it comes to selecting shochu or sake from a menu.

What's included

Food
Light appetizers Please let me know of any dietary restrictions.
Drinks
Sake and shochu tasting

Your host

Christopher
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Guests hosted
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Christopher

I’m the author of the first English-language book on shochu, Japan’s national spirit, and I’ve worked in two shochu distilleries. I’m also a contributor to the “Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails,” and the world's only dual-certified (Japan and US) shōchū expert, with an advanced qualification in sake for good measure. I’ve lived in Tokyo for 15 years and I love sharing my passion for shochu and sake with others.

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Where you'll be

We’ll share a table at HAVESPI Shinjuku, a cozy bar hiding on an upper floor within the Shinjuku shopping district. With its large shochu selection and cocktail mixing space, this non-smoking bar has a relaxed vibe, perfect for a tasting. You can also bring your own food in here!

Availability

If you don’t see availability for the time you are looking for, you can .
Tue, Sep 17    From 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
$76 per person
8 of 8 spots left
Over 90 people rated this experience 5 stars.

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

Feel free to bring your own drinking snacks!
Christopher
spirits tasting
Sake Shochu Showdown
105 reviews
$76 per person
105 reviews
$76 per person