Updated: February 12, 2017
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3 Delicious Japanese Sake You Should Drink At Your First Try

More and more people are discovering the charm of Japanese sake as it can be served hot or chilled and used to pair anything from seafood to cocktails. This guide will tell you 3 sakes you should try!

#1 Otokoyama

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男山 (Otokoyama) is one of Japan's most renowned sake brands that hails from Asahikawa, Hokkaido. It boasts a long history of 350 years; in fact, famous Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock paintings) artist, Utamaro, painted Otokoyama in some of his paintings!

Sake fans who relish a bit of spice and dryness in their sake will take to Otokoyama, as it offers an exquisite balance of spiciness and dryness.

#2 Dassai

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Junmai daiginjo (pure-rice top-quality sake) is regarded as the highest grade of sake, with typically 50% of every rice grain milled, thus leaving the other 50% of the inner white core.

Now, Dassai - a junmai daiginjo produced by Asahi Shuzo in Yamaguchi - is even of better quality than other junmai daiginjo because it is made from Yamada-nishiki, the best kind of sake rice. What's more, Dassai comprises to rice milled to just 23% of its original size. Such a rigorous production process enables you to appreciate a top-notch sake that boasts a silky smooth flavor!

#3 Amabuki

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Located in Saga, Amabuki brewery stands out from other breweries for two reasons. Firstly, as it was established in 1688, its historic buildings have been recognized as a Tangible Cultural Property. Secondly, instead of using yeast from the Brewing Society of Japan, Amabuki uses yeasts naturally found in flowers like sunflowers, amelias and even strawberry blossoms! Doing so imbues Amauki sake with a fruity aroma and robust flavor!

Is your curiosity piqued by these three refreshing and invigorating sakes? Go on, buy a bottle during your next trip in Japan and treat your taste buds to something phenomenal!
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