Sake is an alcoholic fermented rice beverage and is typically referred to as rice wine. To produce good sake, highly polished sake mai rice, clean water, koji mold and yeast are combined and fermented in careful brewing processes. The filtered and unfiltered products are available worldwide. The filtered rice wines are clear to slightly yellowish in colour. It has an alcohol content of around 15 percent with relatively mild flavour profiles, ranging from light and crisps to richer, fruity notes.Sake can be classified by several factors including the type of rice used, where it was produced, the degree to which the rice has been polished, brewing processes, how it was filtered and more. There are more than a handful of different sakes but here are the major types you will encounter:
Ginjo & Junmai Ginjo
Ginjo is a premium sake that uses rice that has been polished to at least 60 percent and is brewed using special yeast and fermentation techniques. As a result, the flavours are often light, fruity and quite fragrant. Junmai Ginjo on the other hand uses rice that has been polished to at least 70 percent, thus producing an intense and slightly acidic flavour. With its strong flavourful characters, these types of sakes are best paired with equally strong flavoured dishes.
Daiginjo & Junmai Daiginjo
Daiginjo is a super-premium sake that requires precise brewing methods and uses rice that has been polished to at least 50 percent. High in price, these sakes are often served chilled to bring out their nice light, complex flavours and aromas. Much like Junmai Ginjo, Junmai Daiginjo tends to have a rich full body with a strong hint of acidic flavour to it. Hence, best when served warm or at room temperature.
Classified as a Junmai sake, Honjozo also uses grain that has been highly polished by at least 70 percent. Typically, a small amount of alcohol is added to balance out the flavour and aroma of the sake. It is often light in taste which makes it easy to drink and can be served both warm or chilled.
How To Enjoy Sake
Similar to wine, sake comes in many different flavours that range in complexity and nuance. For starters, sake is described as either sweet (ama-kuchi) or dry (kara-kuchi) and the sweetness of the rice wine is usually listed on the menu with a number value known as sake meter value or nihonshudo, -15 being very sweet and +15 as very dry.Depending on the sake, as well as the season and individual taste, these will factor into what temperature should a sake be served at. Generally, most premium sake is best enjoyed chilled or at room temperature. While cheaper and less flavourful sake holds up well when served hot. Something to take note of is that you should be careful not to overdo it. Deliberately overheating or overchilling the beverage can alter a sake’s unique flavours and aromas. When in doubt, consult our friendly team for a recommendation.
Get Sake From Angel’s Share
If you are looking for sake delivery, Angel’s Share carries some of the most popular Sakes and other top-shelf alcohol labels at competitive prices. Enjoy the convenience of having your favourite type and brand of alcohol sent straight to your door on demand. Not sure what is best for you? Feel free to contact us and our friendly team will be happy to make a recommendation based on your event or preferences.All orders must be made and received by persons of legal drinking age. Free delivery applies for orders with a minimum spend of $200. Place your order before 12pm to receive your items the next working day.