Sake Confidential: A Beyond-the-Basics Guide to Understanding, Tasting, Selection, and Enjoyment

By John Gauntner

With today’s sake drinkers more and more expert and adventurous, now could be the time for a very professional advisor to take you deeper into appreciation of this complicated yet pleasant jap beverage, brewed from rice and loved either hot or chilled.

And what larger mentor than John Gauntner, the “Sake man” and the world’s prime non-Japanese sake educator and evangelist? the following in over dozen no-holds-barred essays, John unearths “the fact approximately sake” from a hooked up insider’s standpoint. No different e-book or web site provides the sort of an expert, useful, and concise but whole consultant to sake idiosyncrasies, misperceptions, and controversies.

Sake Confidential is the right FAQ for newcomers, specialists, and sommeliers. listed for simple reference with urged manufacturers and label images. Includes:

  • Sake secrets and techniques: junmai vs. non-junmai, namazake, getting older, dry vs. candy, ginjo, hot vs. chilled, nigori, water, yeast, rice, regionality
  • How the fairly Works: pricing, contests, distribution, glassware, milling, meals pairing
  • The Brewer’s paintings published: koji-making, brewers’ guilds, grading

John Gauntner John Gauntner is the one non-Japanese qualified grasp of Sake Tasting. A resident of Japan for the reason that 1988, he has labored within the sake selling and teaching on the grounds that 1994. every year he conducts Sake specialist classes for sake pros and aficionados, and a number of other of his scholars have long gone directly to open thriving sake retailers, breweries, and izakaya within the United States.

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This is helping the smaller providers easy methods to brew high quality sake, which merits them ultimately. Okegai and oke-uri outsourcing is not any longer a huge or delicate factor within the sake international. it truly is a huge a part of sake heritage and nonetheless happens, even though no longer approximately up to it as soon as did. And it isn't more likely to be practiced by way of a person you recognize. the reality approximately Sake Glassware unusually, in Japan, there's not anything remotely comparable to authentic or right glassware for normal sake consuming. The sake by no means received jointly in this one because the wine international did some time past. whereas loads of solid vessel thoughts exist, there rather aren’t any which are formally famous or universally accredited and instructed by way of the undefined. the form and measurement of a vessel will tremendously have an effect on the way you style sake. the main as a rule touted and most simply understood reason behind this is often that the human tongue senses diversified flavors in numerous areas. Sweetness, for instance, is sensed at the tip of the tongue, with acidity and tartness at the aspects, and bitterness within the heart. contemporary examine has proven that, truly, we will be able to experience all flavors all around the tongue and likewise that almost all humans do certainly express the above-described styles. So, a tumbler with a narrow-diameter establishing will concentration extra of the sake onto the top of your tongue, intensifying what sweetness there's. equally, a wide-mouthed glass will unfold the sake out in order that extra of it hits the perimeters, most likely exaggerating its acidic characteristics. essentially, there's extra to this. greater glasses permit extra aromatics to hover above the liquid, yet extra alcohol fumes to boot. those have varied relative weights and may settle into layers in time, so which measurement is better relies significantly at the personality of the beverage. To me, the thickness of the rim of the glass is intensely important—I believe thinner is unequivocally greater. the outside quarter uncovered and the presence or loss of a tapering form to the glass are all very genuine components with very genuine results. contemplating all this, it's only impossible to have one excellent glass for all sake. No means. What, then, may still we use while ingesting sake? good, standard wine glasses or perhaps sherry glasses paintings nice. they're uncomplicated, they're stylish, and they're in every single place. They carry an honest volume, they usually intensify full of life, fragrant profiles splendidly. in case you have wine or sherry glasses you needn't fret approximately what to exploit on your sake. they seem to be a nice alternative. even though, wine glasses aren't that known for playing sake in Japan. Admittedly, long-stemmed wine glasses simply don’t jibe good with eastern desk settings. And Japan as a minimum has its personal hottest vessels and glassware that experience lengthy a part of its conventional sake tradition. First yet now not optimal are these ubiquitous little cups which are crammed from narrow-topped flasks. referred to as o-choko and tokkuri respectively, those are the commonest implements obvious for consuming reasonable, scorching sake. Their shape follows functionality. a truly genuine and delightful customized in Japan, and one of many few “rules” surrounding sake, is that one doesn't pour for oneself, yet really for others, and is then poured for in go back.

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