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Sake Know-HowWarm sake, why and which one should you drink?

At UENO GOURMET we are proud to present premium sake only. Therefore we generally recommend to enjoy our sake chilled. However there are moments and occaisons, to enjoy it warm. Some of the more flavorful sake that belong to the premium category of Ginjo, are loosing their fruity flavor, for example.

Sake Know-How: Warm sake, why and which one should you drink?Sake Know-How: Warm sake, why and which one should you drink?

Since warm sake is a topic that we have been frequently asked about, we thought it would be time to share our knowledge and opinion with you and give you some tips.

1. Why drinking warm sake?

Warm sake stimulates your senses and your soul, it feels soft on the palate and provides a relaxing flavor. Erikem Kaibara (1630-1714) a japanese doctor once said. "A warm sake is more nourishing than a cold one." Unfortunatly, warm sake has a bad image since only industrial sake used to be served heated.

2. If you warm up Sake, how does the taste change?

In general the flavor opens up and it becomes richer and softer.The alcohol tastes dryer, sweetnes and Umami are strengthen. Bitterness and acidity almost disappear.

3. How do you heat up sake?

The most tradional and the way we recommed to warm up sake is, to fill it into a heat resistant caraffe, and heat it up in an waterbath with a temperature of 80°C for about 1-2 minutes. By doing so it should not exceed 50°C.

4. Which sake do we recommend from our portfolio to be enjoyed warm?

Full-bodied and less aromatic sake are ideal, however on our homepage you will find in the descriptions which sake we recommend to drink warm.

If you warm up sake, here are the following guidelines:

the temperture should not exceed 55°C. Somewhere between 40°C (called Nuru-Kan in Japan) und 50°C (called Atsu-Kan in Japan) is the best range for warm sake.

Find out what sake and which temperature and season suits you best to decide if you prefer to drink warm or cold sake.