The 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.
Following the Appraisal all entries are presented for public tasting at The Joy of Sake in New York and Honolulu. These events attract over 2700 sake enthusiasts annually.