The Beginners Guide To Japanese Sake
How To Choose The Right Saké
As a beginner in the world of saké it’s about finding the right one for you, the one you like. Unadulterated sake contains an ABV of between 14% and 20%. Have a look at the label and details of the drink to choose the right one for you. Fresh is better, unless you prefer a stronger and rougher taste, in which case you may prefer a more matured version. Check out the SMV too. If the SMV is +5 it will be fairly dry. Meanwhile -2 is a uniquely sweet type. If you are using this spirit with mixers or in cocktails, then you may prefer a flavour infused version.
How To Serve Saké
This drink is commonly served in small ceramic cups. If the drink is chilled it will be traditionally served in a wine glass. In Japan, if it is a special occasion then Japanese Sake will be served into cups that look more like saucers. You can serve this drink at room temperature, chilled, warm or hot. This is really dependent on the quality of the alcohol and the tastes of the drinker. It also depends on the weather. A hot drink is ideal for a cold winter’s day. However, you may prefer a chilled drink for a warmer summer day.
How To Drink Japanese Saké
If you are not enjoying this drink alone, then traditionally it should be served to you and you should serve it to others. If you would like to share a traditional toast when enjoying this drink with friends, you must say ‘Kampai’. You then take a small sip of the drink, leaving the liquid to linger in your mouth before you swallow it. It is important to note that this drink is often high in alcohol. Make sure you, and friends, can consume and hold your drinks if you are considering Japanese Sake.
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