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2021.03.26

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Low Alcohol Sake on the Rise!

Sake with low alcohol content has gained steady and increasing popularity in recent years. This type is called low-alcohol sake, but it is not clearly defined. As the sake‘s alcohol content (alcohol by volume, i.e., ABV) is about 15-17%, ABV of low alcohol would be 14% or lower. There are not a few of them with the ABV being 9% or lower. For wine, the average ABV is 12% in general. There are several types of manufacturing for this sake, such as increasing the amount of warimizu (diluting water) or oimizu (water addition to moromi mash) to dilute the alcohol content or stopping the fermentation of moromi mash during the manufacturing process and going on to pressing.
The charm of low-alcohol sake is, after all, the smooth taste. Though having a variety of tastes, it has a moderate sweetness and acidity with a light taste. For people who used to avoid sake, their impression of sake might change when they try it. Also, they can try low-alcohol sake first for aperitif, and then try the one with a higher alcohol content, for example, to enjoy the change of taste. With a rapid increase in the number of low-alcohol sake for these five or six years, now it has been rooted in our lives so that we will be able to enjoy a variety of ways to savor it.