There are lots of ways to enjoy sake. Whether you want to drink it straight up or as part of one of the many new mixed sake drinks available, sake makes a great aperitif, dinner companion, or dessert wine. But what you may not be able to determine easily is whether you should be serving it warm or cold. While you may have believed that all sake should be served warm, there are a few varieties better suited to cooler temperatures. By finding the right temperature, you can enhance your sake experience.
Sake can be enjoyed at a variety of temperatures, from just above freezing to approximately 130 degrees Fahrenheit. At each step of the temperature gradient, a single type of sake can have a subtly different taste. In general terms, sake becomes dryer and more flavorful when heated, and crisper and more aromatic at lower temperatures.