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Sake, often called “Japanese rice wine,” is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice and has a wide range of flavour, consistency and price. This special drink has a long, deep history rooted in Japanese culture, but outside of Japan, as a specialty drink, it’s still not well understood. For many international diners, sake remains a mystery; a beautiful, tasty, clear liquid that only has two questions to answer when ordering. Dry or sweet; and hot or cold? But of course to a true gourmet and aficionado sake is so much more than that.
In this fascinating look at the universe of sake, three outsiders; a British sake brewer with 25 years experience in Japan, an American journalist who has published multiple guidebooks on sake, and the young president of a centuries-old Japanese sake brewery who wants to make changes to his family legacy, join together to explore the mysterious world of sake, illustrating how these unique individuals each have a role to play in the rich, complex, and spectacular world of sake.
Sake’s extraordinary history dates back to at least the 700s, with a host of accompanying traditions and rituals. “Kampai” is an intoxicating journey into history and flavour. Whether you’re a seasoned sake drinker, or a rigid teetotaller, there’s something in this documentary that will fascinate all tastes.