Kampai! Sake trivia question #5

Phew, that question #4 was a toughie! Answers spanned a range of 5 to 26 percent. According to Chris Pearce, expert Japan-U.S. sake appraiser and founder of the Joy, entries in the U.S. National Sake Appraisal and Joy of Sake represent the top 15 percent of all sake brewed in Japan and include honjozo, junmai, ginjo and daiginjo.

Two answers qualified as correct, and in our random drawing one emerged supreme: Congratulations CHRIS W.! You win the complete package: a beautiful lady T-shirt, Joy of Sake cup and logo fan. We’ll be in touch!

Let’s ease up a bit (it’s Monday, after all): Today’s trivia challenge moves the difficulty level back to daiginjo-easy:

What does it mean when a sake server pours so much that your glass overflows?

Game on! Prize: Two Joy of Sake cups — and may they always overflow!



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9 responses to “Kampai! Sake trivia question #5

  1. Lynda Takara

    A show of appreciation, celebration, ritual or ceremony, it’s all good!

  2. It’s a restaurant’s show of kindness for appreciation of your business. It’s an act of celebration and welcome.

  3. I believe we’re talking about the gesture of generosity shown by the pourer. The nihonshu will fill the first (typically glass cup) and it will overflow into a wooden or plastic masu (box-type cup). It’s up to the discretion of the pourer if they fill the masu or not. If they overflow the masu, well, then they’re not paying attention.

  4. They are demonstrating their generosity.

  5. Overpouring sake is a sign of generosity as in we have so much sake, we can afford a little spillage!!

  6. Gordon Heady

    I was wrong on my guess. So I went to the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association. tokutei- (special designation) in 2011 was 30%, but if you do the math, it’s 24%. I was surprised to be so off. http://www.japansake.or.jp/sake/english/pdf/no_3.pdf

    Much respect to you, Chris and everyone else doing the hard work to get The Joy of Sake and US Sake Appraisals organized! Kanpai!

  7. And much respect to you and all who truly give a sublime craft the regard it deserves. Keep playing, and we hope to see you at the Joy in Honolulu, New York or Tokyo or at one of our Aftertastes!

  8. Coty Yamato

    I remember someone tell me the overpour is a sign of good fortune and bountifulness – as if to say, “we will give you all we have.”

  9. kayla

    The overflow of sake is a gesture of wealth and generosity.

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