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Enjoy Japanese SAKE

A Beginner's Guide to SAKE - Enjoy Japanese SAKE

Enjoy the temperatures

By heating up or chilling Japanese SAKE, the taste and aroma can be greatly changed.
The appropriate serving temperature range varies among the types of SAKE, and it can be divided into four levels.

Changes in taste between temperature ranges
Changes in taste between temperature ranges

Enjoy the container

The taste of Japanese SAKE is also influenced by the type and quality of container used.

Glass containers tend to sharpen the flavor while pottery and porcelain tend to soften it.

If the opening of the container is wide, you can taste the SAKE with your entire tongue, so the flavor becomes concentrated. If the opening is small, you can only taste with a portion of your tongue, so the taste is more refreshing.

Changes in flavor from different materials
Changes in taste from different shapes

Enjoying with meals

There're 4 typical methods of matching the foods with SAKE.

  1. Harmony

    If the SAKE and dish have similar flavor, taste, aftertaste and texture,harmony and synergy effects can be expected, and you physiologically feel that these are well matched.

    This is the easiest way of matching and applied to almost all the cases.

  2. Marriage

    Even if the food and SAKE have different flavor, aroma and aftertaste, they create the new taste by joining up in the mouth.

  3. Bringing out the flavor of foods

    The SAKE should not be much stronger than foods and should not remove the special feature of dish. The SAKE should bring out the flavor of foods, make the dish much better and should rinse the mouth for the next bites.

    Thus, it is said that SAKE should be fresh and dry.

  4. Bringing out the flavor of SAKE

    Enjoying SAKE by eating a bit amount of the pairings with salty taste and with concentrated umami taste, you'll find that the pairings are bringing out the good flavor of SAKE.

    This method will lead you to get drunk, though.

You can enjoy the harmony and marriage with SAKE, like you do always with wine.

Please see below for the details.

The Marriage of Food and SAKE


The color and aroma of SAKE can change if exposed to high temperatures or sunlight (UV), so it should be kept in a cool and dark space (around 15 degrees C).

SAKE with delicate aromas, such as ginjoku, and pure SAKE should be kept refrigerated. After being opened, SAKE should be kept refrigerated and consumed quickly.

A Beginner's Guide to SAKE

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