Which Sake is Best?
If you are a first-timer of Japan’s national drink – sake – it might be good to experiment first to see for yourself which of the varieties suit you best. This alcoholic drink made of fermented rice and water presents with a different taste depending on the temperature it is served. Some sakes are at their best when cold, some are better tasting when warmed.
If you are worried about which is the proper sake for you when you dine out, do ask the restaurant staff for recommendations or any sake expert. There is no hard-and-fast rule. Should you drink sake warmed or cold, or at room temperature? But if you like the taste of a particular one, then that is it.
Many sake experts say that ginjo and daiginjo sakes are usually best chilled as cold temperatures enhance their aroma and flavors. They taste light and refined, fruity or fragrant. On the other hand, junmai and honjozo sakes are best when warmed which draws out their complex, full flavors and smooths them somewhat. You see, a different temperature produces a different characteristic of the same sake. Just remember that over-heating or over-chilling any particular sake can disrupt its flavors.
Warmed or Cold Sake: Your choice is best
Know more about sake when you visit Flo, your Bellevue Japanese restaurant. Experiment with our sakes and you’ll find the one best suited to your taste – warmed or chilled just right.