HOW TO DRINK
Sake is not only a wonderful drink , it has also an important social function, a perfect drink for easing relationships and open up conversations.
Sake can be drunk at a variety of temperatures. Depending on the preference of the drinker, the quality of the sake and season sake can be served cold or heated. In the old days sake was served warm or hot, some times to hide the low quality. Today is it more and more common to drink cold sake and then the temperature should be the same as for white wine - 10-14 º. It you want to drink sake as an aperitif, you can have an ice cube in the glass.
At different temperatures the flavor of warm sake is changed.
There are four levels of heating:
Body temperature (hitohadakan) at 35-40°C (95-104°F)
Warm (nurukan) at 40-45°C (104-113°F)
Slightly hot (jokan) at 45-50°C (113-122°F)
Hot (atsukan) at 50-55°C (122-131°F).
It is just to find out which temperature that is your favorite. Sit down and enjoy.
How to serveSake can be served in many various ways to best suit the season and your taste.
Sake Test Filmwith Mats Bruzaeus and Mitsuo Otsuka at Izakaya MITSUO in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
Our sommelierChief Sommelier Mats Bruzaeus had the pleasure of studying Sake over the years in Japan.