The Sake Handbook: All the information you need to become a Sake Expert!

By John Gauntner

The Sake Handbook is the key consultant to the historical past, brewing, and distinct flavors of sake.

simply what are jizake, namazake and ginjoshu? The Sake Handbook solutions a majority of these questions and plenty of extra approximately sake wine, and should assist you get pleasure from Japan's nationwide beverage popular.

Author John Gauntner is well-known because the world's best non-Japanese sake professional. an established Japan resident, he's popular between sake brewers and others in the sake undefined. He wrote the Nihonshu Column within the Japan instances for a few years ahead of writing a weekly column on sake in jap for the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's and the world's most generally dispensed eastern newspaper. In 2006, John acquired the Sake Samurai award. He has released 5 books on sake together with Sake Confidential

This sake booklet features:

  • This re-creation has been thoroughly revised and updated
  • Gives you all of the details you would like in an convenient, moveable format
  • Offers an in depth clarification of the sake brewing process
  • Reviews over 100 sake manufacturers, with illustrations in their labels for simple identification
  • Profiles over 50 jap izakaya or pub-style eating places in Tokyo and the encompassing environs
  • Lists uniqueness outlets in Japan the place you should purchase hard–to–find jap wine brands
  • Lists forte outlets within the usa and elsewhere

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Fairly clean and comparatively special, with plenty of endurance. the flavour appears to be like candy quickly after it hits your tongue, yet then abruptly turns into dry, completing in a comparatively shibui (astringent-tart) approach. finest at room temperature or a little cooler. different choices: ōze no Yukidoke additionally is available in a honjōzō model that could be a bit lighter, and should be extra fitted to warming. Hatsuhana is the flagship saké of Shikizakura. It has a reasonably vigorous and carefully relaxing nostril, with fruity overtones. the flavour is soft and incessant all through, ever so a bit of at the softly candy part. A delicate and fading end tops it off. different choices: Shikizakura makes a really well-known and sought-after daiginjō known as Hijiri that's super tough to get. there's additionally a well-liked junmai ginjōshu known as Kaō. this is often a kind of saké that reminds you that the beverage is made up of rice, lest we put out of your mind. a pleasant, complete style, that’s rather wealthy, and filling in a manner that's not easy to explain for a relatively mild beverage like nihonshu. ordinarily sweeter than common saké. there's a refined cocoa-like undercurrent, which contrasts good with the fairly crisp end. The nostril has an identical caliber of fullness present in the flavour. lines of sakamai, or rice utilized in making saké, switch internally through the years in order that finally they're not as appropriate for making saké as they as soon as have been. Such rice lines can sometimes be revived in the event that they haven't been used for it slow, even if. Wataribune is a saké made with one such revived sakamai of an identical identify. the flavour is wealthy and whole, neither too dry nor too candy. there's a mild tangerine fruitiness to the body spray that looks right now autonomous and hooked up to every little thing else. This saké turns out to develop into much better with a little decanting. different choices: there's additionally a ginjōshu model of Wataribune, and non-junmaishu types in addition. Fuchū Homare is the most saké of this kura. Sayaka is an easy-to-spot bottle. it truly is to be had in lots of huge shops stocking jizaké, and the observe Sayaka is written in huge hiragana characters around the label. the flavour is daring and dry, with a comparatively excessive acidity besides. it truly is sharp and fresh, but balanced. the main widespread total caliber of the flavour is the shibumi, frequently translated as “astringency” in English. every one sip is an eye-opener. There are only a few off-flavors, and the body spray is faint yet fresh and good hooked up to the remainder of the saké. Sayaka is superb at room temperature or thereabout. Etiher an excessive amount of chilling or over the top heating will rob this saké of its contrast. This model of purchaseū is unpasteurized and unfiltered. it is just to be had within the spring and early summer time. clean and vigorous, it has a marginally tough aspect to it that's planned and defining. The nostril within reason good stated, just a little sweeter than the style of the saké may lead you to think. the flavour is a little dry, with a marginally of a few citrus fruit and a moderate stabilizing bitterness beneath all of it.

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