Should You Choose Hot or Cold Sake?

Traditionally, sake is a drink that was enjoyed warm, but today, many sakes are offered chilled, thanks to a changing flavor profile. This change leads many people dining in Japanese restaurants to wonder exactly what kind of sake they should be drinking. In reality, there is no answer that applies to sake every kind of sake.

Sake responds to temperature in a similar way that grape-based wines do. The flavors tend to vary depending on the temperature at which it is served. With sake, Ginjo varieties tend to taste better chilled, while Junmai can be served at rom temperature of slightly warmed. Keep in mind that warmed sake should be only warmed very gently, while cold sake should be chilled gently.

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