Sake is an alcoholic drink made from fermented rice. It is more akin to beer than wine. It undergoes a double fermentation process that is similar to that of beer. Cold sakes are usually served at about 47 degrees fahrenheit.
When sake is served cold, it gives out a subtle aroma and that gives a richness to the taste. They are best paired with mildly sweet and sour foods. Cold sake can also remove the aftertaste of fat and oily foods. Sakes can be served cold but not too cold. If it becomes too cold, the taste, aroma, and flavor of the sake can be ruined.
Four Types of Cold Sake
1. Honjonzo. Rice that is used in making honjonzo is polished to at least 70%. A small amount of distilled brewer alcohol is added to the mix to give it a smooth flavor and aroma. It is light and easy to drink and can be served warm or chilled.
2. Ginjo-shu. It is made from rice that is 40% milled and 60% that retained its normal size. It has a fantastic aroma and has a smooth and light flavor. A particular kind of yeast is used and fermented at cool temperatures. It is laborious to make and is best served cold.
3. Daiginjo. Daiginjo is known as the pinnacle of the brewers art. It needs a delicate brewing technique and the rice used is polished to 50%.. It is best-served cold in order to bring out smooth, complex taste and aroma.
4. Namazake. Namazake means alcohol that is not pasteurized. It has to be kept cold in order to maintain its aroma and flavor. It has a sweet and fresh aroma, and fruity taste
Ordering Cold Sake
Various types of cold sakes are served at a different temperatures. Those with a fruity flavor and aroma are best served between 8 to 15 degrees Celsius. Those that are simple, fresh and light, are best served at temperatures between 5 to 10 degrees. It is best always to ask the person at the bar for advice as to the kind of sake of your preference and what temperature it be served at. The bar tenders at Kyoto Palace are very knowledgeable in all the things that need to be known about cold sakes.
If you want to experience the best and most authentic cold Japanese Sake, visit Kyoto Palace. We have all the best Sakes Japan can offer.