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Sake Times Article on Noguchi-Toji

April 22, 2022

In this article from April 2022 SAKETIMES speaks to veteran brewmaster, Noguchi Naohiko, about his sake philosophy and his rise to the top of brewing.

The article is full of great insight and quotes from the man himself, including:

“No matter how skillful a mentor may be, it’s never a good idea to study under just one person.”

– Noguchi Naohiko talking to SAKETIMES

Tengu Sake lists a good number of Noguchi-Toji’s sakes, you can find further information on this fabulous brewery on the brewery’s page, and discover all the sakes in our shop.

IWC Sake Merchant of the Year 2018

July 20, 2018

Tengu Sake IWC Sake Merchant of the Year 2018

Amazing – we did it again!!! Tengu Sake has been awarded IWC Specialist Sake Merchant of the Year 2018!

That’s three year’s running. What an achievement and I’m so proud that all the hard work Tengu Sake has been doing over the years is being recognised. Thank you to everyone: our customers and friends, without you this would not have been possible.

Tengu Sake still adheres to it’s principle tenets:

Here’s to another year of slingin’ quality sake!

Tatenokawa “Zenith” Komyo Dewasansan

March 12, 2018

Tatenokawa Komyo Zenith label

This year marks a world first – the first sake ever to be polished down to a mere 1% – Tatenokawa “Zenith” Komyo Dewsansan

It is difficult to overplay the level of technical complexity and, thus, achievement associated with this astonishing accomplishment. Tatenokawa are well known for pushing the boundaries of what is achievable with highly polished rice. They had already produced an 8% polished and a 7% polished sake but, 1% is a whole different level.

When the 1% was announced, I took the opportunity to ask both Jumpei Sato, Tatenokawa’s CEO & Head Brewer, and Takeshi Sato (no relation), Tatenokawa’s number 2 a number of questions. (more…)

Is sake gluten free?

May 6, 2016

Is sake gluten free

I was recently asked is sake gluten free or not (some of you may have noticed that on some of our bottles gluten is indeed listed as an allergen). The answer, in a word, is complicated.


Sake Myths

February 15, 2015

There are a lot of sake myths and mis-information out there so here are a few facts we hope will clear things up!

In summary the rough, boiling-hot gut-rot of yore is no more! Instead, as interest has grown and technology (both manufacturing and transportation) has improved, the quality of sake available in the UK has improved immeasurably.

We hope that has cleared up some of the sake myths and encouraged you to give it a go!  Pop on over to our shop to see what you can find.

Using the Tengu Sake Master Specs

January 23, 2015

In our shop we quote a series of ‘Master Specs’ for all our sake. These are not special Tengu Sake Master Specs in so much as we didn’t come up with the system, these are metrics given by most brewers. As the name suggest you kind of have to be an expert to really understand what they mean and how they’ll affect you experience. I can’t fully explain them all here but what I can give you is an insight into what they mean, future blog entries will expand (under master specs tag), and tastings I host will help your understanding so do pop along!

The last thing I want is for these specs to be intimidating. Sake is a very involved subject and the rabbit-hole goes very deep! These specs are design for those that already know a lot about sake. However, the more you drink it and the more you learn about it (this blog is a good place to start) the more you’ll begin to understand what these stats mean.

Today is International Sake Day!

October 1, 2014

Well, technically it’s nihonshu no hi (日本酒の日) so just ‘Sake Day’ but I think that’s less of a call to action than INTERNATIONAL SAKE DAY!!!!

It’s a bonafide date in the Japanese calendar but why should 1st October in particular be Sake Day? As ever, it’s complicated but here goes… (more…)

Hyper Japan Award

August 7, 2014


The accolades keep rolling in!

Rocky Mountain has been voted “Best Sake with British Food” at this year’s Sake Experience at Hyper Japan. Over 1100 people visited the Sake Experience (a 44% increase on last year).

To celebrate our award I’m offering a 10% discount and free delivery for a half case (6 bottles+) of Rocky Mountain!

Rocky Mountain offer
NB – discount only shows after you’ve logged in/registered and added 6 bottles of Rocky Mountain to your shopping cart. Discount only applicable to Rocky Mountain.


Rustic, raw and earthy

JAPANESE NAME OF SAKE:  Gozenshu 9 Regular
TYPE OF SAKE:                        Junmai Bodaimoto
BREWERY:                                Tsuji Honten

This is a rustic, raw and earthy sake with malt, caramel and cereal all present on the nose. The flavours are smoothly presented, well-balanced, rich and deep. Again, caramel, malt and cereal are the predominant flavours and, when warmed (30°C – 45°C), Rocky Mountain favours the sweeter caramel notes.

Full umami in this sake means it’s a wonderful pair with richer flavours. Think cheese burger, think BBQ, think anti pasti, roasts, game, cheese, tomato sauces…

So, next time you’re reaching for a full-bodied red to go with your summer BBQ, why not grab a bottle of Rocky Mountain, wow your friends and experience umami matching like never before.

Visit the Tengu Sake shop and buy now!

Brand new, updated website!

January 17, 2014

Exciting times! We just rolled out an updated version of our website www.tengusake.com.

How’s it different, you say?! Check it out:


You can now create a profile, place an order, and pay for it all via the website. No more paying over the phone or by bank transfer.


Simply create an account when you checkout and, next time you login, all your delivery preferences will be there!



Most awesomely, finding the perfect sake for you just got easier! How? You can now filter your sake choices using our unique pictogram system, simply by clicking on the pictograms at the top of the page.


You can do this on both our Discover Our Sake page and our All Products page. Go on, try it now!  NB – these two pages have now been combined into one, our Sake Shop.


More information is now detailed about each sake on the sake‘s product page. The right-hand column now details:


We’ve done all this to make it easier for you to find and order the sake you want. As ever, if you’re struggling do not hesitate to give us a call or drop us an email, we’re always happy to give advice!

Tengu Sake’s success at IWC 2013!

July 23, 2013| 1 Comment


In April of every year the International Wine Challenge judges thousands of wines and hundreds of sake. This year attracted 583 entries into the sake category making it, by far, the largest sake competition outside of Japan and the most internationally renowned. 2013 is our first year of entering the competition (hell, it’s the first year we’ve had any sake!)

Tengu Sake entered 10 sake and won 9 awards!