Being an Australian who happens to live in Japan, drinking is a very large part of my existence. For better or worse convincing those around me to drink isn’t exactly the easiest thing always, but maybe that’s just because of what I’m serving up. It’d make sense, of course, that not every type of alcohol is for everyone; but do you know what types work best with your taste palate? That might just be where Yummy Sake Collective in Daikanyama, Tokyo comes into play.
Opened late-January 2019, Yummy Sake Collective is the latest in a slew of “trendy alcohol” hubs popping up all around Tokyo. But what is it that sets them apart from the rest? Through the utilization of AI and a series of blind taste-testing, Yummy Sake Collective aims to break down just what it is you enjoy, all without you seeing a single label. Customers will digitally input a few details about their preferences, and then from a refrigerator of over 90 bottles of sake, it’ll do it’s best to offer 12 different varieties.
From the tray of 12 different types of sake, each divided by onomatopoeia, customers will rate each of them before the AI eventually recommends the perfect sake for you. Given the general stigma that sake holds for many foreigners, this is an excellent solution for working out just what works best for you. Believe it or not, sake isn’t just the “One Cup” that they sell at Family Mart, there’s actually a whole industry behind it, as well as a whole lot of variations.
Given my general interest in alcohol and the various cultures behind it, a stop by Yummy Sake Collective is definitely something that’s made its way onto my itinerary. While I’m not sure if sake will readily be able to replace my preference for whiskey, it’ll be interesting just to see how well Yummy Sake Collective’s AI is able to tailor to my preferences. For those interested in checking out further information on the location, be sure to visit their official website.