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 eight from Japan and three 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” and “Second 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, Honolulu and Tokyo. These events attract over 3500 sake enthusiasts annually.

The Appraisal

Background, history, purpose

“About the Appraisal”

The Judging

Procedures, process, criteria

“About the Judging”


2019 U.S. National Sake Appraisal

“Judging Results”

Entry Form

Submitting an entry

Entry Guidelines

The Joy of Sake

New York • Honolulu • Tokyo

All entries to the U.S. National Sake Appraisal are presented for tasting by the public at The Joy of Sake. This year over 3500 guests are expected to attend the events in New York, Honolulu and Tokyo.

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