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Talk about sake

2021.02.03

How to drink

People Want Delicious Warmed Sake

The cold season especially enhances our desire to drink warmed sake. You can enjoy sake at your favorite temperature. Though there is no special rule on warming sake, it is generally said that, depending on the individuality of sake, it becomes delicious at the temperature around 35 to 55°C after it is heated and poured into sake cups. Heating sake to above 55°C is not recommended because the alcohol will be evaporated, which tends to give damage to the aroma and taste of sake. There are several ways to warm sake, but we recommend the basic style, which is hot water immersion. Put sake into a tokkuri (a small carafe) or chirori (large metal cup) and, if possible, cover the lip with plastic wrap to help contain the aroma. Immerse the container in hot water at around 70°C, adjust the level of the water so that approximately half of the container is immersed and heat it up to your favorite temperature. The temperature depends on the materials or other elements of tokkuri, so it is better to check the temperature by using a shukankei (thermometer used for heating sake) or frequently sipping a little bit. If you use the microwave, cover the lip with plastic wrap. As for 1 go (180 ml) tokkuri, using 500W output, it takes about 50 seconds to reach 40°C (nurukan) and 60 seconds to reach 50°C (atsukan). Slightly stir sake before drinking or pour it into different sake vessel to avoid uneven heat distribution. Recently, we see new ways to enjoy sake; warming sake added with a little bit of water to enjoy warimizukan or pouring warmed sake in a glass containing ice to savor warmed sake on the rocks.