While sake was traditionally served warm, it was primarily because until around 30 years ago, sake was much more rough than it is now. Thus, warming the sake made it much more palatable back in the day. However, since wooden tanks that were traditionally used for brewing have been slowly phased out, it is becoming much more of the norm to serve and drink sake cold instead. Sake used to be much more rough around the edges and in order to really take the edge off of it people used to warm it up. In this article, we will be going over some of the different things to know about sake nowadays.
Warm or Cold?
1. Never Too Cold.
While sake should be served cold, it should not be served too cold. When sake is over chilled, you are not going to be able to taste a thing. This will ultimately ruin a lot of the enjoyment of the natural taste of good quality sake. While flaws will be covered up, so will the much more refined tastes of the sake which will ultimately waste it. Premium and high quality sake will never be served too cold because it is not going to allow one to taste the elements that make it so good to begin with. With that being said, poor quality sake will likely either be over chilled or warmed to make it taste more palatable.
2. Full Bodied and Less Aromatic Sake Can Still Be Enjoyed Warm.
While it is typically going to be better to enjoy sake cold, some bottles might actually be better off enjoyed somewhere around room temperature as the heat will effectively bring out more of it’s bold flavor as well as help to mask the bitterness that may be present within it.