Top Ten List – 10 Sakes That Go Great Cold … Very Cold!
Sake –like wine – should never be served really cold. But, when it is so gosh darn hot out exceptions should be made! Add to that the summer poolside factor and indeed your brews should be a little colder under that shining sun. And yes! There are some sakes actually made and packaged specifically for freezing to drink like a sake slushy or sake-rita! So herewith are ten sakes that can actually take the deep chill and taste great when they arrive on the very cool side.
- 1) Taisetsu - Junmai Ginjo
This sake is known for being stored in frozen igloo-like domes, but I like its subtle minerality, which is like biting into a snowball.
- 2) Kikusui – Junmai Ginjo
A long-standing store favorite this Junmai Ginjo from Niigata drinks far more clean when it has a bit of a chill to it.
- 3) Mizunoshirabe – Ginjo
Any sake with the word “water” in its name usually makes for a good colder sake, and this Kyoto special is no exception.
- 4) Jozen White – Junmai Ginjo
This very clean and dry sake takes on a whole new profile when brought to a bigger chill as it gets slippery and more smooth.
- 5) Yukikage – Junmai
This clean Junmai is called the “Snow Shadow” for good reason. It was born using pure snowmelt from Niigata. Talk about Cool!
- 6) Kirinzan – Junmai
Some sakes are clean to begin with, and when you chill them they get cleaner! But when you really chill this sake it goes ultra clean.
- 7) Kariho Rokushu – Junmai Ginjo
Some like it dry! But have you ever tried super clean, smooth and dry? This Akita sake tastes a lot like snow when it gets chilly.
- 8) Akitabare – Junmai Daiginjo
Say hello to a whisper sake! This brew is so layered and elegant, but it fools you with how clean it drinks. Now really chill it!
- 9) Otokoyama – Junmai Can
Cans are cool! And cans can get cold. This very dry, clean, and smooth brew from Hokkaido knows the cold – it likes the cold!
- 10) Tamanohikari Reishu – Junmai Ginjo “Freezer Sake”
No other sake takes the chill like this sake that is meant to be frozen and served like a slushy or a frozen cocktail. This is the brew to freeze for those hottest of days!