Years ago, the processes for making sake were not as sophisticated as they are today. Many sakes were therefore served warm to mask their low quality. Though this is not necessary for today’s brews, many people still prefer warm sake for numerous reasons.
When sake is warmed, the heat balances its sweetness and acidity, bringing out its natural flavors and fragrance all the better. Further, a warm sake can be absorbed into your body more quickly; this allows you to feel the effects of the alcohol earlier, which helps people to control their alcohol consumption. So, when you drink sake at our Japanese restaurant in Bothell, consider having it warm.