The Good Spirits News 2022 Holiday Gift Guide – Saké

Good Spirits News shares their annual selection of gift ideas for the 2022 Holiday season! Today, we share the best saké offerings that we’ve come across this year. We start off with our #1 recommendation The Namazake Paul Advent Calendar. Here’s what has to say about the calendar:

“I’ve created the Namazake Paul Advent Calendar featuring twenty-three 180ml collectable cups of saké, plus one full-size bottle to enjoy on Christmas Eve. That’s over four liters of saké, all hand-chosen by Namazake Paul. Many of these saké brands have never imported to the USA before!

Most of our saké cups are glass with painted art — perfectly reusable for water cups, picnics or cut flowers. The box also includes an accompanying handbook written by Namazake Paul and publisher 33 Books to learn the background on each saké, plus terminology and a place to record tasting notes. Everyone will get the same saké on each day so they can compare with friends or join the online discussion via #sakecalendar on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. (What a great idea! -ed.)

Behind each door in the Namazake Paul Saké Advent Calendar is a cup for each day representing every major style of saké, including Futsu-shu, Honjozo, Junmai, Ginjo, Daiginjo, Namachozo, Yamahai, Kimoto and Nigori. The adventure awaits! Don’t know what all of those terms mean? This is why you need the Saké Advent Calendar! The beautiful box art by Kayla Swanson embodies the Japanese concept of “kawaii,” meaning adorable or cute. People will love displaying the Saké Advent Calendar as a holiday decoration.

This is the only product of its kind in the world!

To order the Namazake Paul Advent Calendar go to: Namazake Paul

The Sake Advent Calendar with Namazake Paul

We also recommend the following books for those who are interested in Japanese drinks:

The Complete Guide to Japanese Drinks: Saké, Shochu, Japanese Whisky, Beer, Wine, Cocktails and Other Beverages by Stephen Lyman & Chris Bunting

The Shochu Handbook – An Introduction to Japan’s Indigenous Distilled Drink by Christopher Pellegrini

We also recommend Koji Spirits from our September 2022 review here