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Characteristics of Easy-to-Drink Sake


Sake comes in a wide variety, and the characteristics of easy-to-drink sake are also diverse.

In terms of taste:

  • Sweetness: Generally speaking, sweet sake is more palatable than dry sake and is considered easier to drink.

  • Aroma: Ginjo-shu sake has a "ginjo aroma" (ginjo-ka) that is fruity and floral, which can be appealing to those who find the traditional sake aroma off-putting.

  • Acidity: Sake with lower acidity is generally considered easier to drink.

  • 雜味: Sake made with well-polished rice tends to have less雑味 (impurities) and a cleaner taste.

Other factors:

  • Alcohol content: Sake with lower alcohol content (below 10%) is generally easier to drink.

  • Sparkling sake: The refreshing and light口感 (mouthfeel) of sparkling sake makes it easy to drink.

Recommendations:

  • Sweet sake: Hakutsuru Daiginjo Sweet Edition, Junmai Daiginjo Maborosi Akabako, Kameizumi Junmai Ginjo Genshu CEL-24

  • Fruity aroma: Hana no Ka Sakuraka, Kamoshibito Kuheiji Le K VOYAGE, Dassai Junmai Daiginjo磨き二割三分

  • Low alcohol content: Ichinokura Himezen, Fu., Kawatsuru Sanuki Kuraudeぃ

  • Sparkling sake: Nanbu Bijin Awazake Sparkling, Shichihon Yari Sparkling Sake Awaibuki, Kikui泉 ひとすじロゼ

Points to note:

  • Well-known brands of easy-to-drink sake can be difficult to obtain as they are often sold out quickly.

  • Sake sold in supermarkets and convenience stores is generally more accessible.

Additional Information:

  • There are many other factors that can affect the drinkability of sake, such as the brewing method, the type of rice used, and the aging process.

  • Ultimately, the best way to find easy-to-drink sake is to experiment and find what you like.

Please note that this is just a general overview, and there are many exceptions to these rules.

I hope this helps!

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