Sake! tips/recommendations/differences?

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Sake! tips/recommendations/differences?

Post by Anoku » Tue 04.21.2009 5:21 pm

I quite like Sake but noticed there is a vast difference in taste and quality.

When in Japan, I quite like the 'One Cup' you can get at the convenience store. Very different from the "Sawanotsuru" (the only one you're likely to find in supermarkets/off-licenses here in the UK). But I've also had some top notch stuff when visiting friends there and that is very different fromt he supermarket stuff.. (Same as buying a £4,- or £40,- bottle of wine, probably)

I've just 'discovered' a small Japanese food shop near Finchley Road station that has several different kinds, from 'One Cup' to Ozeki and the big 2l cartons (Yay!).

Currently working my way through this one:
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(3rd pack from the right, the 2 litre blue one. Quite nice, easy drinking but a tad to sweet for my taste. Anyone here knows what the difference between the red and blue pack is please?

Rather than just buying them all and comparing them, is there any way to see the difference? And how do I know if they are better drunk warm or cold?

Or, just tell me what your favourite is and why :lol: :P
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Re: Sake! tips/recommendations/differences?

Post by AJBryant » Tue 04.21.2009 10:25 pm

Here's a hint:

Most "one cup" varieties are crap.

Good sake -- *real* serious sake -- comes in real bottles.

I'm partial to Otoko Yama, myself, served chilled.


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Re: Sake! tips/recommendations/differences?

Post by Harisenbon » Wed 04.22.2009 4:18 am

AJBryant wrote:Good sake -- *real* serious sake -- comes in real bottles.
I'm partial to Otoko Yama, myself, served chilled.
Also, most any sake will taste good hot.
It's only the good stuff that tastes good cold.

I generally prefer the local sake for wherever I'm going, so I rarely have gotten into which brands are good.
I do however have a nice watchlist for sake that is BAD. ;)

Otoko Yama is good, and oni-goroshi is not bad for a common brand sake.
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