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Dec 20, 2006 09:47 PM

Saki Hot Or Cold? [moved from Wine board]

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  1. I was told by the wait staff at Morimoto that heating up the sake, while an enjoyable way to drink it, can eliminate the flavor nuances and hide the character of the sake. They seemed to think that higher quality sake should be enjoyed chilled, like a white wine. I haven't had access to enough high quality sake to truly test this out, but theoretically it makes sense. Although there is something quite satisfying about the warm fuzzy feeling you get from hot sake.

    1. Are you asking whether to serve it hot or cold?

      Cheap sake, heat it if you like. Better sake, never, but not ice cold, either.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Anything in the daiginjo range of sake grade (a more tumbled rice grain) should always be served cold. The problem with sake is, unlike wine, there is no good inexpensive sake. You have to shell out the bucks for a chilled glass of sake if it's even going to be worth your while. That said, I still enjoy the urine-warm sake with some tepen yaki.

      2. How when it's cold out, and cold when it's hot!

        Seriously though, good sake should be cold. That's really why you never see "house sake" served cold!

        1. the hot stuff is generally the bottom of the barrel. they heat it to mask that it tastes terrible

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          1. re: MVNYC

            I think of heat as bringing out flavors, up to, say, 140 degrees, and cold numbing flavors. Why is cold sake supposed to bring out the flavor?

            1. re: amkirkland

              When you are talking about heat bringing out flavors, and 140 degrees, you must mean food. Wine, beer, and spirits don't react the same. Hot sake is only supposed to be heated to about body temp, max. 100 degrees F. Chilled sake isn't served cold, just chilled to around the same temp as you would serve white wine.

              Cheap hot sake is usually heated to 100-120 degrees which destroys a lot of the flavor, cooking it out.

          2. It still pains me to see people ordering the hot stuff in sushi restaurants.