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Lesson 6: How to drink sake?

Updated: Mar 13, 2021

Sake is traditionally drank from square cedar boxes called masu or small cups called ochoko made from either ceramic, porcelain or glass. But you can drink sake however you prefer, such as drinking from a wine glass, which is a great idea because it allows easier tasting of the nuances and quality of the sake flavor and aroma.

Sake is a ceremonial drink and a cultural pastime in Japan. As such, there is a way to imbibe respectfully. Never take it down like a tequila slammer. Not only will you look silly to the seasoned sake drinker, but you won’t get the full effect of the drink, either. Sake has been refined throughout several hundred years worth of brewing to be best enjoyed sipped like you would a glass of tea or fine wine.

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