Japanese Sake Drink
Considered as the national beverage of Japan, Sake is a traditional alcoholic spirit made from fermented rice. Nihonshu or 'Japanese liquor' was first produced nearly 2000 years ago when villagers chewed on grains of rice and spat the contents into a tub. The contents were stored in the tub and left to ferment.The human saliva and natural yeast aided the fermentation. The drink produced by this method was called kuchikami-zake. Thanks to the rise of machines, this method of producing sake was soon abandoned and a more modern method was adapted.
The making of sake is similar to the brewing process of beer. It involves a number of steps including rice milling, washing, soaking, steaming, Koji making, Shubo (the fermentation starter), brewing, filtering, pasteurziation, storage and bottling. The drink comes in various types depending on the brewing methods, namely Junmai-shu, Honjozo-shu, Ginjo-shu, Daiginjo-shu, Nama-zake with Junmai sake being a pure rice sake with no added distilled alcohol. Sake is subtle in terms of flavour, it can be used as an aperitif or matched with a variety of food items. Sake is often served during special ceremonies, warmed in a small porcelain bottle, and drunk from a small porcelain cup called a sakazuki.
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