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Lesson 3: Which flavor suits me?

Updated: Apr 12, 2021

In the same way that wine can be dry or sweet, sake also comes in different flavors. The sugar-to-acid level of sake is known as the Sake Meter Value or SMV. In Japanese, the SMV is called ‘nihonshu-do.’ A low SMV of -2 indicates a sweet sake drink, while a +5 would be dry. You’ll probably have to try out different levels of SMV to find out the sake you will enjoy. Since you’re supposed to sip the drink, having to endure one that’s either too dry or too sweet for your tastes would not be a pleasant experience. Experiment a bit and you will soon be ordering the sake of your desired SMV level like a pro.

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