Sake (酒) has played a key role in Japanese life and culture for the past 2000 years. Today sake is loved by many, with thousands of different sakes available to try and lots of different ways to experience it. There are about 1,500 sake breweries in Japan alone, and each typically makes several different varieties. Sake can be enjoyed at temperatures ranging from 5oC to 55oC, and there is no strict rule as to the temperature that a sake should be served at. This is flexible and it is all about finding what works for you and your palate.
To add to the variety of taste, sake can be paired to different cuisines and enjoyed differently depending on the season. Sake can be served in traditional earthenware, porcelain, lacquerware, or in contemporary glassware. Sake can be served in tokkuri or katakuchi pitchers. Tokkuri pitchers are used only for serving sake, particularly warm sake, whereas katakuchi can be used for other purposes too and is not designed for hot liquids. The diverse shapes and materials of pitchers and cups can change and enrich the taste of sake and the experience of drinking it.
There is a vast world of sake to explore – now it’s time to raise a glass and say ‘Kampai!’
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