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Japanese Sake

Not sure how to serve your Sake? Or what food to best pair it with? Sake can be an intimidating drink for those who aren't familiar with the traditional Japanese beverage! Sake is not only known for its great taste, but also its array of health benefits.


What is Sake?

Sake is a traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage, made through the process of fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Initial stages of the process involve the rice strains undertaking a milling process to remove outer layers, reducing grain size by over 50%. The parallel fermentation process involves converting the rice grain from starch to sugar and lastly fermenting until an alcoholic point is reached. Despite the exact origin of Sake being unclear, the earliest known production took place in China around around 500 BCE, following the introduction of wet rice cultivation. 


When and how to drink Sake?

For the best taste, it is recommended to serve your saki based on type and grade. Sake is traditionally served warm in porcelain or ceramic cups and is commonly paired with spicy dishes due to the contrast in flavours. Sake is suited to a range of Japanese foods, with the key to pairing being the type of sake that you are serving. Lighter cuisines are best suited to a smooth sake, while richer foods will often be served with a heavier sake and salty dishes with dry sake.   


Best Sake brands to try

The selection of Sake is best matched to your individual taste and requirements. Here at Calia, our friendly staff can assist you in selecting the brand that best meets your needs. A few of our favourites include:

  • Dassai 45 Sake: known for it’s rich flavours of grape, pear, puffed rice and chestnuts. Dassai 45 Sake is best served with rich meals including white meats or poultry, due to its structured and full flavoured properties. Processed using Yamada-Nishiki rice, polished to 45%, this Sake delivers fruit aromatics and delicate sweetness. 
  • Dassai 50 Sparkling Sake: Promoting a slightly fruity and refreshing taste, Dassai 50 sparkling sake is best paired with desserts that have subtle sweetness, or by itself as an aperitif. Tasting notes include peach, pear and sour candy. 


Japanese Sake delivered Melbourne, Sydney and Australia wide

Take advantage of Calia’s friendly & knowledgeable staff bothin store andonline when selecting your individual Japanese Sake alcohol. Conveniently buy sake online to be enriched with the authentic Japanese culture from the comfort of your home, ormake a reservation at your preferred Calia restaurant.Shop online today to enjoy free standard shipping for domestic orders over $120.

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