When Sake Hana talks, people listen! or at least rabid sake fans listen. I was happy to be on the Sake Hana email list to get a notice about a special event being held in their little sake hideaway.
Scott, Chizuko-san and I made our reservations for a special event: Naraman Muroka sake at different temperatures! Same sake – 5 different tastes.
Best part of all, Nobuo Shoji-san, Executive Director of Yumegokoro Sake Brewery – makers of Naraman – would be introducing all sake! Shoji-san gave us a fascinating overview of his Brewery and we sampled only Naraman Muroka sake with a little tuna sashimi and increasingly warm sake.
Here is an overview of the different sake temperatures:
|Sake Naming and Temperature Chart|
|Japanese Name||Celsius||Fahrenheit||English Name|
|Tobikirikan||55Â° C||133Â° F||Very Hot Sake|
|Atsukan||50Â° C||122Â° F||Hot Sake|
|Jokan||45Â° C||113Â° F||Slightly Hot Sake|
|Nurukan||40Â° C||104Â° F||Warm Sake|
|Hitohadakan||35Â° C||95Â° F||Body Temperature|
|Hinatakan||30Â° C||86Â° F||Sunbathing in Summer|
|Zuzuhie||15Â° C||59Â° F||Cool autumn Breeze|
|Hanahie||10Â° C||51Â° F||Blooming Spring Flower|
|Yukihie||5Â° C||41Â° F||Falling Winter Snow|
Honestly, I liked Naraman at all temperatures, but I think that hitohadakan (body temperature) was one of my favorite. Shoji-san was excited to try this temperature experiment with his sake, too. Everyone in attendance had a great time. I was left with the understanding that served warm or cold, Naraman is hot, hot, hot!