Serving warm or hot sake, authentic Iga-style
Authentic Iga-yaki dobin (Iga-clay kettle) and tokkuri (sake flasks) can bring your sake experience to another level
✦ Warm or hot sake is enjoyed by people all over Japan. Those serious sake lovers care about how the sake is heated and served, as well as the serving temperature. This set can not only make it easy to heat the sake in the dobin water bath, but also turn the sake serving/ tasting into a special experience.
(*Picture on the left is a presentation image.)
✦ Just like any Iga-yaki ceramics, the dobin is safe on direct flame. This beautiful dobin can also be used as a tea pot or other purposes (such as to make “dobin-mushi”) for great presentation.
- Fill the water in the dobin (clay kettle) (just enough so that the water won’t overflow when a flask is inserted).
- Cover the dobin with the lid and bring to a low-simmer over gas stove top. Insert a flask, which is filled with sake.
- Pull the flask when the sake has reached to the desired temperature.
- Serve immediately. Meanwhile, you can set another flask in the dobin, so that by the time you finish the first serving, the next is ready!
*You might want to use a thermometer to check the sake temperature in the beginning, if you want the sake to reach a certain temperature. But, once you get used to, you are likely to be able to tell the right (your favorite) temperature just by feeling the dent below the collar of the flask – just like how a Japanese sake lover can do!
*It’s also fun to try the same sake at different temperatures (start with 110F and increase by 10F for the next batch onward), then you can find how the tasting sensation change at every stage. It’s a good way to understand the sensitivity of sake.
Find your favorite temperature for each sake
Serving sake at different temperatures can bring you taste variation. Some people prefer hot sake while others love slightly warm sake. Also, depending on the kinds of sake, the best serving temperature can vary. So, you can have fun trying sake served at different temperatures and find your favorite stage.
|Serving temperature guideline|
|Nuru-kan:||Slightly warm.||110F degrees.|
|Jo-kan:||Very warm.||130F degrees.|
|Atsu-kan:||Hottest stage.||150F degrees.|