SAKE DIPLOMA International 2023 Test Overview and List of Tasting Brands (for U.S.A Residents)


A look back on the SAKE DIPLOMA International exam in 2023.

Test Overview

Application Period April 21 – August 31, 2023
Test day October 15, 2023
Examination site U.S.A
Examination fees J.S.A. Member JPY17,530、Non-member JPY25,910
Test Contents
  1. Written Exam
  2. Tasting Exam/ Short Essay Exam
Testing Schedule
  • 10:40-10:55 Arrival&Registration
  • 10:55-11:00 Orientation
  • 11:00-12:00 Written Exam (60minutes)
  • 12:05-12:45 Tasting Exam of 4 items of Sake and 2 items of Shochu or Awamori (40 minutes)
  • 12:45-13:05 Short Essay Exam (20minutes)
  • 13:10 End of the exam
Announcement of acceptance November 6, 2023 17:00
Reference Japan Sommelier Association Web site

Secondary Tasting Brands

The following tasting brands were included in the 2023 secondary exam. The top four are sake and the bottom two are shochu.

Daiginjoshu Yamadanishiki
Junmaishu Gohyakumangoku
Junmaishu Gohyakumangoku
Tokubetsu Honjozoshu Gohyakumangoku
Imo (sweet potato) shochu Vacuum distillation
Mugi (barley) shochu Atmospheric distillation

Teaching Materials

NANAME KIKAKU provides SAKE DIPLOMA International candidates with e-book materials on Amazon Kindle, available free of charge to Kindle Unlimited members.

Yasuyuki Ito

Yasuyuki Ito

京都市在住。 日本ソムリエ協会認定SAKE DIPLOMA(2018年度合格/No.2153)、SAKE検定認定講師。(社)日本ソムリエ協会正会員(No.29546)。大学卒業後は(株)マイナビに入社し約10年間、顧客企業の新卒・中途採用領域における採用ブランディング、クリエイティブディレクションを経験しました。30代はワインにハマり、40代は日本酒にハマる。さて、50代は何にハマろうか。

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