Nigori Literally “Turbid”, “Murky” or “Unclear” this word refers to a coarsely filtered, cloudy style sake. What makes it cloudy? The coarse pressing of the sake mash leaves bits of unfermented rice solids in the sake that gives it a creamy or milky white appearance. Please note: Though you hear it quite often, it’s not quite correct to call nigori or cloudy sake ‘unfiltered sake’. In Japan, all sake must be pressed/filtered in order to be legally sold as sake. True “unfiltered cloudy sake” would be known as doburoku.
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