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Sake Hot/Cold

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by _ABB_, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. _ABB_

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    Hello,

    All of my life I have been a Sushi eater and have always enjoyed a flute of sake on the side. That said, I always order hot sake and really don't know what makes one sake better than another.

    Do you take your sake warm? Cold? How can I differentiate good sake from bad?

    Cheers!

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  2. nahneun

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    complexity of taste, tasting notes, etc. some styles are better hot, others cold. it's similar to tasting wine.

    also, only people who don't know sushi drink sake with sushi.

    nub.
     


  3. mm84321

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    I've only had sake when warm. It counters nicely with a cold martini.
     


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    What do you typically drink with Sushi?
     


  5. nahneun

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    beer and green/barley tea
     


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    What do you typically drink with Sushi?
    Green tea or water. I believe the Japanese practice that you shouldn't eat rice with sake. Which I don't quite understand, as sake is made from fermented rice.
     


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    Very interesting -- maybe too much rice for 1 sitting [​IMG].

    Thanks for the advice!
     


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    beer and green/barley tea

    [​IMG] barley tea.
     


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    I only drink Sake on a Suzuki while I'm in Osaka Bay.
     


  10. nahneun

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    Green tea or water. I believe the Japanese practice that you shouldn't eat rice with sake. Which I don't quite understand, as sake is made from fermented rice.
    it is because they are too similar in taste. contrary to popular belief, good nigirizushi is decided more by the rice than it is by the fish. good fish is sourced from the same location and it's far easier to slice a good piece of fish than it is to prepare the rice and form it properly at the right temperature
     


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    Do you take your sake warm? Cold? How can I differentiate good sake from bad?

    Cold or cool. Heating, in my opinion, kills the flavor. I'd rather think of it as more similar to a beer (limited shelf life and vastly better when cold). If you really want to taste the flavors, drink it room temperature. It's really a shame that almost all Americans think that sake (sah-kay) is a hot beverage -- it's probably because your average sushi place serves a mediocre sake that doesn't lose much when heated.
     


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    Cold or cool. Heating, in my opinion, kills the flavor. I'd rather think of it as more similar to a beer (limited shelf life and vastly better when cold). If you really want to taste the flavors, drink it room temperature. It's really a shame that almost all Americans think that sake (sah-kay) is a hot beverage -- it's probably because your average sushi place serves a mediocre sake that doesn't lose much when heated.
    wrong. some sake are better served warm because the flavor notes only open up after having been warmed enough. it's not sah-kay either. it's sah-keh
     


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    wrong. some sake are better served warm because the flavor notes only open up after having been warmed enough.

    it's not sah-kay either. it's sah-keh


    Sure, some are better, but the vast majority are better served cold. As for the pronunciation, I just trying to get people away from the American pronunciation (sah-kee/key), which, unfortunately, is now in the dictionary. [​IMG]
     


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    Sure, some are better, but the vast majority are better served cold. As for the pronunciation, I just trying to get people away from the American pronunciation (sah-kee/key), which, unfortunately, is now in the dictionary. [​IMG]
    sorry, also not true. warm sake has a depth that cold sake often lacks. it is completely dependent on the style and flavor profile. to say that the vast majority are better cold just shows that you really don't know sake.
     


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