July 2018

Sake Victories – IWC Gold Medal Winning Sakes

Posted by Beau Timken in 2018, IWC, July, Medals, Newsletter

It’s difficult to list all of the medal winning sakes from the IWC 2018 event in Yamagata Prefecture, but we wanted to highlight a few to help you purchase sakes that spoke to the judges in Japan.

Sake Victories – IWC Gold Medal Winning Sakes AThe good news is that there are a lot of medal winning sakes already available in the US, and many more have since been ordered by American importers. That is one of the strengths of the IWC Sake Competition is that the winning selections are available to a vast of the public consumers.


We cannot possibly list every sake that medaled or was commended in Yamagata at the IWC, but herewith are a few selections that are easy for you to purchase and here also are a few breweries that made medal worthy products. This is only a partial list but it is worthy of your attention.

Team True Sake Recommends The Following IWC Medal Winning Sakes:

GOLD Medal 2018 

Sparkling Sake
Ichinokura Suzune Wabi Sparkling
  • Trophy Winner in 2016

    Dewazakura Oka Ginjo "Cherry Bouquet"

  • Will be the “Welcome Sake” at Sake Day 2018

    Koshi No Kanbai Tokusen Ginjo "Vanishing Point"
  • A very important brewery in the sake world

    Junmai Daiginjo
    Dassai 23 Junmai Daiginjo "Otter Festival"

  • Recent flooding at their brewery may affect availability

    Takenotsuyu Hakuro Suishu Junmai Daiginjo "Winter Water"
  • Owner Masao Aisawa will be at Sake Day 2018!

    Taiheizan Tenko Kimoto Junmai Daiginjo "Heavenly Grace"
  • Perennial Winner of Gold Medals – almost every year without failure

  • Junmai
    Tengumai Yamahai Junmai "Dance of the Demon"
  • Beau-Zone Layer last month

    Suehiro Densho Yamahai Junmai "Ancient Method"
  • See this month’s Top Ten list for food pairings with this sake

  • Honjozo
    Ichinokura Mukansa Super-Dry Honjozo "Unclassified"
  • Was the Welcome Sake at Sake Day 2015
  • Sake Victories – IWC Gold Medal Winning Sakes B

    We are contacting several of our importers to determine if they have several other Gold Medal winning sakes in their offerings so we can special order.


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