Do you enjoy sake cold, hot, or cocktail? What do you like to drink it from?
How do you enjoy its taste? There is a rich variety of sake food pairing!
How to enjoy
Cold or hot? That is a good question.
Cold sake for the hot season
Cold sake brings you a more refreshing aromatic flavor and
smoother texture. You can cool it down in the refrigerator.
You'll want to not cool it too much, keeping it above 41℉.
Hot sake for the cold season
Hot sake brings out the activation of aromatic components,
with a mellower, and a drier taste. You can warm sake in hot
water, or in a microwave oven in a proper container.
The boiling point of sake is 173 ℉. Don't warm it too much.
A healthier, tastier, and more flavorful drink
Compared to the alcohol content of Gin, Rum, and Vodka (40%), the alcohol content of sake is 15-20% (up to 22%). It's close to that of wine(10-15%).
You can make healthier and softer cocktails with sake.
You can squeeze in a lemon or lime, or mix it with some Rachel's Ginger Beer (Seattlilites' favorite).
Be your own mixologist!
Sake Glass? Traditional sake container?
The famous German wine glass maker, LIEDEL also produces sake glasses. (From upper left to right), Daiginjo-glass, Daiginjo-glass without stem, and Junmai-glass. Also, Japanese glassmakers produce unique Daiginjo glass shapes.
Traditional sake containers
You can find various types of sake containers, such as Kikichoko (lower left), for tasting Choko, with a blue circle to recognize the color, and Tamba pottery Guinomi (lower middle). Tamba pottery is one of the oldest forms of pottery in Japan. When you come to Japan, visit Tamba to find your favorite. 酒器 | 【丹波のイロドリ】丹波焼(陶器)の公式通販オンラインショップ (tanbayaki.com)
You can enjoy various types of Guinomi, such as lacquered, wooden, china, pottery, or glass. Enjoy sipping!
Superb with dishes
Compared to wine or beer, sake combines well with certain dishes. This is because it:
・Controls the fishy smell of seafood
・Brings out the taste of the ingredients of dishes
・Combines well with the strong flavor of spices
・Combines well with the aromas of fruits and herbs
How to store sake?
UV rays, heat, and oxidation should be avoided for sake storage.
Keep sake bottles in a cool space under 59 ℉, ideally 41-50.
Unlike wines, sake bottles don't use cork stoppers, so you don't
need to store sake bottles sideways.
Each brewery designs its own unique label.
You can collect sake labels and create your own
sake journal. Record your impressions and the tastes you experienced as a record of your sake journey!