Sweet and Dry Sake

Many people would have the same questions when buying Japanese sake: What is a sweet sake and what is a dry sake? And how to distinguish between them? Which one is more suitable for yourself? Let Saketora analyze for you to help you find out your favourite taste! 'Sweet and Dry Comparison Set' including 6 different kinds of sakes is now available with a 11% off and free shipping, for those who want to compare between sweet and dry sakes, don't miss it!


Difference between Sweet sakes and Dry sakes
As the name implies, 'Sweet sake' refers to some sake with a sweet taste and strong fruity aroma. On the contrary, 'Dry sake' refers to those 'not sweet' or 'not so sweet'. As sugar will be converted into alcohol during fermentation, and therefore depending on the brewery and the brewing method, the sake will also have different levels of sugar left. Those with more sugar will tend to be sweeter and vice versa.
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    With higher lever sugar and sweet in taste. The sweet and mellow taste of the sake rice is usually outstanding, fruity as Ginjo/Daiginjo class sake.

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    Lower sugar content and high eralcohol content. Clean, refreshing and sharp as Junmai or Honjozo class sake. The alcohol feel will be relatively stronger.

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Sweet and Dry Comparison Set
Not too sure whether you would prefer sweet or dry sake? Let's compare and find it out with a simple tasting! The 'Sweet and Dry Comparison Set' is now available, including 3 types of sweet sake and 3 types of dry sake. The set also offers a 11% off and free shipping discount! Act now and try it !
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Sweet and Dry Comparison Set
Not too sure whether you would prefer sweet or dry sake? Let's compare and find it out with a simple tasting! The 'Sweet and Dry Comparison Set' is now available, including 3 types of sweet sake and 3 types of dry sake. The set also offers a 11% off and free shipping discount! Act now and try it !
How to distinguish between sweet and dry sake?
The classification of Japanese sake is actually very complicated, and due to the difference in taste cognition between people, it is difficult to have a clear cut on which sake is sweet and which is dry. But if you want to make a rough distinction, the 'Sake meter value' and 'Acidity' of the sakemay help.
  • Sake meter value

    The 'Sake meter value' is actually a weight ratio, comparing the weight of sake at 15℃ and water at 4℃. If the weight is the same, the sake meter value would be 0. However, as the sugar level in sake increases, the sake will become heavier, causing the meter to sink and become a negative number. Therefore, the lower the sake meter value, the sake should be more sweet, and the vice versa.

  • Acidity

    Sake contains succinic acid, malic acid and lactic acid, and this sourness will affect people's cognition on the tastes. The acids make people feel refreshed, and reduce the sense of sweetness. Therefore, the lower the acidity, the sake should be more sweet, and the vice versa.

Sake meter value

The 'Sake meter value' is actually a weight ratio, comparing the weight of sake at 15℃ and water at 4℃. If the weight is the same, the sake meter value would be 0. However, as the sugar level in sake increases, the sake will become heavier, causing the meter to sink and become a negative number. Therefore, the lower the sake meter value, the sake should be more sweet, and the vice versa.

Acidity

Sake contains succinic acid, malic acid and lactic acid, and this sourness will affect people's cognition on the tastes. The acids make people feel refreshed, and reduce the sense of sweetness. Therefore, the lower the acidity, the sake should be more sweet, and the vice versa.

How to distinguish between sweet and dry sake?



Rich and Dry
Strong sourness and moderate sugar content. With refreshing taste, smooth mouthfeel.
Rich and Sweet
Moderate to high sourness, high sugar content. The taste is strong and sweet, with a smooth mouthfeel.
Light and Dry
Moderate to strong sourness and low sugar content. With refreshing taste and sharp mouthfeel.




Light and Sweet
Light sourness, the sugar content is moderate to high. With refreshing mouthfeel and the taste is sweet and mellow.



How to distinguish between sweet and dry sake?

Rich and Dry
Strong sourness and moderate sugar content. With refreshing taste, smooth mouthfeel.
Rich and Sweet
Moderate to high sourness, high sugar content. The taste is strong and sweet, with a smooth mouthfeel.
Light and Dry
Moderate to strong sourness and low sugar content. With refreshing taste and sharp mouthfeel.
Light and Sweet
Light sourness, the sugar content is moderate to high. With refreshing mouthfeel and the taste is sweet and mellow.
5 RECOMMENDED SWEET SAKES
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    Azumano Fumoto
    Junmai Daiginjo
    Bunny Bunny Bunny

    Sweetness:★★★★★

    Sake meter value -18, a sake break with tradition, which is a new style Junmai Daiginjo between sake and wine. With mild aromas and rich on the palate.

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    Kuromatsu-Senjo
    Prototype
    Junmaidaiginjo

    Sweetness:★★★★☆

    Sake meter value -13, with high fragrance, complexity and rich fruitiness. Extra sweet with the note of melon, and an impressive mouthfeel.

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    Sawanotsuru X03
    Junmai Daiginjo
    Muroka Genshu

    Sweetness:★★★☆☆

    Sake meter value -10, robust with rich banana notes. Sweet with pleasant acidity and a great balance.


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    Temahima,
    Junmai Daiginjo
    (Yukimagami)

    Sweetness:★★☆☆☆

    Sake meter value -2.3, Elegant and fruity with the hints of strawberry, pineapple and melon.



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    Taiheizan
    Tenko
    Junmai Daiginjo 35

    Sweetness:★☆☆☆☆

    Sake meter value -3, Rich, complex and mellow with the notes of melon, strawberry, green apple and mandarin. A well-balanced Junmai Daiginjo.

5 RECOMMENDED DRY SAKES
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    Sasanokawa,
    Ultra Dry

    Dryness:★★★★★

    Sake meter value Sake meter value 22.7, extremely crisp, refreshing and dry, yet rich in umami. It is pungent and has a tingling finish.

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    Sawanoi SuperDry
    Junmai

    Dryness:★★★★☆

    Sake meter value 11, dry and mellow with intriguing flavors of rice. It can be served both warm and chilled.


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    Toko Dry
    Junmai Daiginjo

    Dryness:★★★☆☆

    Sake meter value 6, Light and fresh with melon notes and decent flavors of rice, it is a fine sake pairing well with a good variety of food.

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    Kiwamihijiri
    Daiginjo
    Yamadanishiki

    Dryness:★★☆☆☆

    Sake meter value 5, Aromatic and slightly dry with a refreshing mouthfeel. A fine and well-aged Daiginjo.


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    Hourai Chougin
    Shizuku

    Dryness:★☆☆☆☆

    Sake meter value 5, light fragrance with calm and deep flavors. A Daiginjo produced in cold winter and drip-pressed.


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