Sake: An Introduction
Hello, my name is Alex Walter and I’m a sake expert. I’m here to tell you about sake, a traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice. Sake has been around for centuries and is enjoyed all over the world.
What Is Sake?
Sake is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice. It is made by steaming and polishing the rice, then adding koji (a type of fungus) to the rice to convert the starch into sugar. The sugar is then fermented with yeast and water to create the sake. Sake can range in alcohol content from 14% to 20%.
Sake is often referred to as “rice wine” because of its similar fermentation process, but it is not actually a wine. Sake is more like a beer in that it is brewed, not fermented like wine.
Types of Sake
There are many different types of sake, each with its own unique flavor and characteristics. The two main types of sake are Junmai and Honjozo. Junmai is made with only rice, water, and koji, while Honjozo is made with added alcohol.
Junmai sake is typically full-bodied and has a richer flavor than Honjozo. Honjozo sake is lighter and has a more delicate flavor.
How to Enjoy Sake
Sake can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. It can be served hot or cold, depending on your preference. It can also be enjoyed on its own or with food. Sake pairs well with a variety of dishes, including sushi, tempura, and grilled meats.
Sake can also be used in cooking. It can be used to make sauces, marinades, and even desserts.
Where to Buy Sake
Sake can be found in many grocery stores and specialty shops. It is also available online. When buying sake, it is important to look for bottles that are labeled “junmai” or “honjozo” so you know what type of sake you are getting.
Sake is a traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice. It is enjoyed all over the world and can be served hot or cold. There are many different types of sake, each with its own unique flavor and characteristics. Sake can be enjoyed on its own or with food, and can even be used in cooking. Sake can be found in many grocery stores and specialty shops, as well as online.