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Game of SAKE
One of the questions that sake sommeliers get asked a lot concerns the temperature at which sake should be served. People used to think the very nice sake should be enjoyed chilled, and cheaper sake is served warm. Indeed, sake was traditionally served warmed. This was related to the fact that sake was, until about 30 or 40 years ago, much, much rougher, fuller, sweeter and woodier than it is now. Warming suited it much better back then.
About 30 to 40 years ago, things began to change in the sake-brewing world. Brewing technology and the availability of new strains of sake rice, and new pure yeast strains led to sake with bold and lively taste and fragrance profiles. Most premium sake today is delicate, fragrant, and elegant. To heat such sake would be to destroy precisely the flavors and fragrances the brewer worked so hard to have you enjoy!
WAIT! SAKE Is Not That Easy
Sake have the widest drinkable temperature among all alcoholic beverages. Japanese Sake can be enjoyed at a variety of temperatures ranging from 0ºC to around 60ºC.
So the fact is that there is plenty of good sake, premium ginjo and sometimes daiginjo even, that goes quite well when gently warmed. Plenty indeed. It is too easy, in this era of chilled premium ginjo sake, to overlook how fine warm sake can be, especially in the winter.
The perfect temperature range will depend on the type of Sake, with each temperature range given a beautiful name. According to SSI internetional textbook, below is for your reference:
One More Thing!
Cold or warm? try the sake cold and warm! Whilst the only way to find your preferred serving temperature for a particular sake is to experiment. Next time, try to place the sake in different temperature like chilled (5ºC -15ºC ), room temperature (20ºC -30ºC ), and heated (30ºC -45ºC ). Like wine and any other premium beverage, each sake will be different at even slightly different temperatures. Every sake will appeal to some people at one temperature, and other people at another temperature. What appeals to you most is the best temperature for that sake, for you, on that day.