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Sake, school me....

Alright you alcoholics, the topic is Sake. I don't know shit about it but would like to take some to my brother in law for his birthday. School me on this stuff! What is good, what is not? Mind you, I don't shit out dollar bills so keep that in mind when recommending one.

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It's a rice "wine"

It comes cold or hot, get the hot.

Go slow, it takes a minute to kick in. This stuff makes me tired as hell, I know a couple people it makes tired as well.
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Warm Sake ftl. Goes down like chit (that's if you're one shotting, that is). Don't know any brands since i only consume that stuff in restaurants.

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Go to an Asian food market vs. a liquor store. You can pick up a liter of better than average stuff for under $25. Drinkable stuff for under $20. If you are into presentation, buy a little ceramic pitcher and glasses. Fill the pitcher, nuke it for a minute. Don't let it boil. Enjoy. If you don’t care about the presentation, just pour some in a glass and nuke it. Personally, I don’t care too much for chilled sake. Oh, too much sake = big hangover.

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How's about if it's just room temperature or does it have to be warmer than that? Any asian markets in the Wrilgley area that you know of? I can travel a little if need be.

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Hit new Chinatown on Argyle and Broadway. Viet Hoa is the biggest grocery store there and they have a parking lot.

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How's about if it's just room temperature or does it have to be warmer than that? Any asian markets in the Wrilgley area that you know of? I can travel a little if need be.
There's a market right off of Kimball, i think. They should have that. If not there are a few Asian stores down Lawrence. There's one on the corner of Lawrence and Pulaski to be exact. You can even steal it since they don't have cameras. Ask me how i know.

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The one on Lawrence and Pulaski closed down. They are now building a 53rd bank in it's location.

[edit] You can also hit the myriad of Korean stores 1/2 a block south of Kedzie and Lawrence.

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Hit new Chinatown on Argyle and Broadway. Viet Hoa is the biggest grocery store there and they have a parking lot.
Yeah, and if you have a huge load, there's this skinny guy, looks like he could be Blah Blah Blah's relative , who assists you with your groceries in the car.

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I guess I'll have to take Kedzie on the way home. What about that Super H mart on Oakton? That's like oriental heaven isn't it?

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Super H Mart has it fo sho. It's not oriental heaven though. It's more like Korean heaven.

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Sake is generally served warm because it hides the defects. Good/Expensive sake is meant to be taken at room temperature. Usually Asian restaurants will serve sake warm/hot if it's cheap stuff. My experience has been its better to drop a shot of any kind of sake into a Saporo and chug...
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Types of Sake
There are several different types of sake, and the following special denominations are specified by the Japanese government.

Ginjoshu
Sake made using white rice which has been milled so that 60% or less of the grain remains. It also contains rice koji and water, and may contain all of these ingredients plus brewing alcohol. It is characterized by a fruity, somewhat floral bouquet and a clear, crisp flavor. If the rice is polished down to 50% or less, the sake is called Dai-ginjoshu

Junmaishu
Sake made only from white rice, rice koji, and water. It tends to have a mellow bouquet and a rich, smooth flavor.

Honjozoshu
Sake made using white rice which has been milled so that 70% or less of the grain remains, along with rice koji, brewing alcohol, and water. It is known for its mild, unobtrusive bouquet, and a crisp flavor.

All other types of sake fall under the category of Futsushu, which is consumed widely throughout Japan. This category offers various tastes, with each brand of sake featuring a unique flavor that is characteristic of the brewery.

Sake varieties are also distinguished by brewing method.


Namazake
Sake that is not heated for pasteurization after the final mash is pressed. It is characterized by a light, fresh flavor.

Genshu
Sake with a higher alcohol content because it has been pressed but not diluted with added water. It has a deep, rich flavor and an alcohol content of from 17% to 20%.

Koshu (Aged sake)
Sake that has been aged for a couple of years, or for upwards of five years or longer. It has a bouquet like sherry, with a flavor profile that includes spices and nuts.

Taruzake (Cask sake)
Sake that is aged in casks and thus takes on the fragrance of the wood from which the cask is made.

Nigorizake
Sake that is milky white, since the mash is only lightly filtered using a coarse-textured cloth.

Sparkling sake
Carbonated sake, with a mouth feel reminiscent of champagne
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Sake is generally served warm because it hides the defects. Good/Expensive sake is meant to be taken at room temperature. Usually Asian restaurants will serve sake warm/hot if it's cheap stuff. My experience has been its better to drop a shot of any kind of sake into a Saporo and chug...
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Sake is generally served warm because it hides the defects. Good/Expensive sake is meant to be taken at room temperature. Usually Asian restaurants will serve sake warm/hot if it's cheap stuff. My experience has been its better to drop a shot of any kind of sake into a Saporo and chug...
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Take a glass of Sapporo and balance a shot of sake on two chopsticks above the glass. Chant Sake as you pound on the table until the shot falls into the glass and chug!

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Sake bombs are the schiznit. If you're going straight sake, I prefer cold. As mentioned, it's usually better. I just like it cuz the hot sake is pretty harsh for me. If you're new, try a few of em at your local sushi joint before buying.

If you're going for the wow factor, unfiltered looks pretty interesting. I haven't had the balls to buy it since it looks like a c-shot in a bottle. I am told it's pretty good though :P

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Damn, I guess I'll have to trust the judgement of the guy that looks like Miyagi behind the counter. If they aren't too expensive I'll buy a couple of different kinds.

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I love sake, as being Japanese and growing up with a father that grew up in Japan, grew up drinking sake, and gave me some as I grew up. (which I still consume to this day from time to time) I have to say that sake is a drink that every person has different taste for. Only the drinker knows which and what kind of sake he/she prefers. If you don't know what kind of sake he wants, I suggest getting him anything made by "Sho Chiku Bai" as they aren't very costly (depending on size and style) and they have very easy to understand English descriptions of what kind of flavor, feeling, and aroma on the bottle. It might be a little far out, but there is a place out in Arlington Heights called Mitsuwa that has an awesome sake collection. You could also talk to the sales clerk there for suggestions as well.

I personally like unfiltered more rough tasting sake, served room temperature or chilled. I also like the same sake served warmed by hot tap water. (grabbing the bottle and running it through hot water for a couple of minutes) When warm it makes the sake more "smooth" to drink. Sake might be served in shot glasses, but it isn't a drink that should be taken as "shots", at least thats what my dad told me. Although I do take it as shots from time to time, for the most part its best enjoyed sipping slowly. Its up to the drinker to decide how he/she wants to enjoy the drink.

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Sake, I once knew a thai bar girl named sake. And believe me, she went down way easier than the real stuff.

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