September 2006

"Ask Beau" September 2006

Posted by admin in 2006, Ask Beau, Newsletter, September

Received an email from Kenneth R from Toronto who asked:

"Is it okay to use the bottle when heating a sake?"

ask beau sept  2006Use the bottle? Sure drink it all! No just joking. I understand your question my friend. There are certain bottles of sake that are meant to be placed in boiling water in a pan, and typically they are small 180ml little bullets. These have thicker glass and heat quicker as they contain far less fluid. On occasion I tell folks that it is okay to use a 300ml bottle in boiling water. But to place a 720ml in a pan and wait for all of the contents to warm up, we have the makings for a China Syndrome, aka meltdown. A larger bottle would require too much time in the boiling water and you would get an uneven heating. You also run the risk of breaking the glass. If your 720ml is half empty then it may work! Just remember that you do not want the flame to be on the sake for too long.

I say spend the $5-$8 and get a "Tokkuri" which guarantees an even heating every time. They have been in use for hundreds of years, so they must work to some degree. No?

Please send your sake specific questions to askbeau2 @ (This address is not for general questions and I only review the questions once per month. All correspondence should use info @

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