5 Things You Never Knew About Sake
You’ve all heard about it, but how much do you really know about Japan’s favourite drink? It’s one of our most popular sellers here at Daniel San, so why not join us for a little Sake education session.
1. IT’S VERY OLD
While the exact origin remains unclear, it is believed the Japanese drinking tradition dates back a cool 1700 years! Some even believe it is the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world, predating recorded history. It’s a heated debate, so we’ll let you be the judge of that one.
2. IT USED TO BE MADE WITH SALIVA
Back in the day, before wineries and brewers had their fancy machines to help break down sugars, the Japanese improvised by using their spit! They used to chew the rice, spit them into a VAT and wait for the enzymes in the saliva to turn it into alcohol. Gross, we know.
3. IT’S A WEDDING TRADITION
In a traditional Shinto wedding ceremony, Sake is said to be the main aspect. During the intimate family affair, the bride and groom will drink from three cups of Sake, sealing their wedding vowels.
4.IT’S MORE BEER THAN WINE
While it is famously known for being a “rice wine”, many believe that it is actually closer to beer. Wine is produced by fermenting grapes, but Sake follows more closely to a brewing process where the starch is converted into sugars, which ferment into alcohol. Who knew!
5. DRINK IT YOUNG
And unlike wine, Sake is best enjoyed young! It is recommended that you drink your Sake within two years. Oh, and just like beer, direct sunlight can be a spoil sport so store it in a cool dry place.
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