Types of Sake
A common question asked about this beverage is, “are there different types of sake?” There are five main types of sake, and each of them utilizes a different method for brewing. Junmai-shu sake is pure rice wine, and it has no added alcohol. Honjozo-shu rice has around one-third of the total amount polished, and there is a small amout of distilled alcohol added to the mix. Ginjo-shu sake can be manufactured with or without the added alcohol, and this will be reflected in the labeling. Daiginjo-shu has over half of the rice polished, and there is no alcohol added unless if it has the Junmai Daiginjo label. Namazake is a blend of the previous types of sake, and this creates a unique flavor that is highly prized.
Sake is traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage that has been used widely in various ceremonies including weddings and Shinto rituals. The different brewing methods can create various types of blends, but only the most experienced sake drinkers will be able to tell them apart by taste alone. Some sake blends have distinct flavor that is strong and noticeable, but other blends are subtle and light. Sake may or may not have additional alcohol added, and this property is usually signified by the name of the label. Sake is enjoyed in Japan and all around the world.