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Led by Mr. Micky Chan, Sake Samurai, the judging panel of the Oriental Sake Awards (OSA) consists of experts in alcoholic beverages who are based in Asia, namely educators, sommeliers and professionals with relevant qualifications.

All entries will be sorted and poured into wine glasses in the preparatory area in advance, and then delivered to the judges by hand. In addition, the judges would be barred from entering the prep area. ISO wine tasting glass will be used. All sakes will be tasted blindly at 15-18°C (5-10°C for namazake).

Judge’s introduction

Co – Chairs

DipWSET, CS, CSW, 酒サムライ, きき酒師
JSS Overseas Support Desk (Asia), The ‘Future 50’ Wine & Sake Winner
Co-founder of the Hong Kong Wine Academy
Principal Lecturer & Wine and Sake Educator
Sake Samurai Mr. Micky Chan is a respected wine and sake expert who has diversified roles in the industry, including Educator, Writer, International Judge, Consultant, as well as serving as the Overseas Support Desk (Asia) for the Japan Sake & Shochu Makers’ Association.
As an Educator, he has co-founded the Hong Kong Wine Academy and is actively involved in delivering courses and training in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China.
As a professional Judge, Micky evaluates a few thousand bottles of wines and sakes yearly while judging in various international competitions including IWSC, IWC, Berlin Wine Trophy & Asia Wine Trophy and more.

Born in Yokohama, 1960. After graduating from the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Sophia University, he joined Seibu Department Store (in charge of liquor division as buyer). He started a new career as a liquor journalist and consultant in 1997. He had written several books including; “Textbook for Sake” (Doyukan), “Sake Guidebook” (Shibata Shoten), and “the SAKE BOOK (with English translation)” (Jitsugyo no Nihonsha). Judge of Prefectural Sake Appraising and Deliberating Fair. (Fukushima, Shizuoka, and Ehime Prefecture) A member of the judging committee for Protection of Geographical Identifications (Nagano and Saga Prefecture). Judge of international sake competitions; “The U.S. National Sake Appraisal” and “International Sake Challenge”. Chairman of the Sake Export Association.


In November 2004, she started her career selling Japanese alcoholic beverages at City Super Group in Hong Kong. She was a Manager of purchasing Japanese sake and other Japanese alcoholic beverages until May 2015. After leaving Hong Kong in the same year, she moved to Okinawa. Currently, she runs her freelance business “sakeand” and works as an overseas sake sales, overseas sales promotion coordinator as well as sake and awamori writer. Throughout her career, she works relentlessly to raise awareness of Japanese alcoholic beverages in the global market.



With more than 30 years of sake brewing industry experience, Ichishima Kenji is a consultant to those entering the sake industry from other industries and overseas. He also serves as a judge for international sake competitions such as IWC. He is dedicated to making sake one of the most popular alcoholic beverages in the world.


Frank has over 8 years of experience in the sake industry and is currently a sake buyer in a major sake distributor and retailer in Hong Kong. Before joining the industry, Frank has been working in Japanese companies for years. Since he tasted sake for the first time, he has become strongly interested in it. He is the holder of the WSET®️ Level 3 Sake Certificates and the Sake Sommelier Institute of Japan (SSI) International Kikisake-shi qualifications. 


Mr. Benny Lee, who has worked as media and graduated from the Institute of Japanese Studies at Chinese University, has several professional qualifications, including JSA Sake Diploma, Sake Sommelier Institute (SSI) Sommelier, Shochu Sommelier<br>and Lecturer, SSI International Lecturer, UK Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Japanese Sake and Wine Instructor, Hong Kong’s first Sommelier of Japanese Sake Sommelier Association (SSA), etc. He is also the official trainer for “Dassai”.


Matt Hui DipWSET, CS, CSW, FWS<br>Sommelier Wine &amp; Sake Education Centre Principal Educator<br>Matt Hui has been teaching WSET wine and sake courses for many years. With his strong tasting and teaching experiences students are able to learn theory through tasting. Apart from<br>WSET wine and sake qualification Matt is also a candidate for Master of Wine (MW) and judge in IWSC for years.


Mr. Randy A, aiming to be the bridge between Japan and overseas markets, has been promoting Japanese sake in the Hong Kong market in the past years by organizing countless sake activities. In the previous company he worked for, he had successfully introduced many Japanese sake brands to restaurants, ingredient stores, and chain supermarkets.


Zach is one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated wine and spirit experts. Zach started his career as sommelier in 2004. In 2010, he was appointed Head Sommelier / Beverage Manager at 5-star Langham Place Hotel. He built and opened the hotel’s wine room, now recognized as one of the most innovative in Hong Kong. He revamped the hotel’s wine list, and introduced ground-breaking food & wine pairings for the hotel’s Michelin starred restaurant, for which he won numerous prestigious awards, local and international.