Sake Tasting

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Monthly tasting at work – the theme this month was sake, and was most educational. We learnt how to read the label on a sake bottle, about the grade of the sake is partly determined by the percentage of rice left over after polishing (it’s amusing how the Japanese tend to downplay the grade of their sake, while winemakers try their utmost to upsell), about how sake isn’t meant to be aged (presumably because there used to be a law that taxed the sake once fermentation started), etc. Apparently, there isn’t too much literature out there (relative to wine) describing sake, and Bill SJ, the really awesome guy who leads our tasting, exhorted us to help him describe the tastes of the four different sakes we sampled (maybe not quite the correct word, since we got generous pours of that stuff; dangerous!). 🙂

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