If you are a person who love to enjoy a cup of hot sake once in a while...
A Sake Set is a generally for Sake Carafe called a Tokkuri and Cups called an Ochoko. There are hundreds of styles of Sake Sets designed for different purposes and types of sake. Here are a few guidelines to help you choose Sake Set.
1. Size of the cup diameter
Same as wine, exploring the aromas of sake is an important step to enjoying the full tasting experience of the sake. If your sake cup is too small, you can't enjoy the aromas of sake. Choose at least two different sake cups for the same sake. Try the differences!
2. Size of Sake Carafe
The size of the Carafe is equally important. Using the larger size of carafe makes sake warmer. Rapid temperature changes can cause loosing the flavor of the Sake.
How to drink sake
1. Warm (Hot) Sake
Generally high-grade sake is not drunk hot because the aroma and flavor of sake will be lost. However hot alcohol beverage is rare worldwide. Hot sake is the one of the unique characteristics of tasting sake. In very general, Serving at 120° to 130°F is the ideal temperature for hot sake. But exploring your favorite temperature for the hot sake is another way to enjoy the sake.
2. Cold Sake
When sake is over-chilled you can't taste anything. Serving 44° to 50°F is the ideal temperature for cold sake.
Each person has his or her own favorite way of enjoying SAKE. Whether it is crisp, chilled SAKE, subtly warmed SAKE, or throat warming hot SAKE, we hope you will enjoy discovering your own personal favorite.
Arita Porcelain is the name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita (Southern part of Japan). Arita's kilns were set up in the 17th century, when porcelain stones was discovered in the Arita region by Sanpei Lee who is the immigrant Korean potter.
Arita porcelain was exported to European countries and became known as “IMARI” in the 17th century. The pieces were enjoyed throughout much of European countries. Arita porcelain had a great influence on the beginning of Meissen porcelain in Germany. Arita porcelain pieces of that era are stored in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum, and the Louvre Museum. Now Arita porcelain celebrates its 400 year anniversary.
It all began during Hideyoshi’s invasion of Korea in 1592. Hideyoshi ordered a Hagi lord, Mori Terumoto, to bring back two famous Korean potters, the brothers Yi Sukkwang and Yi Kyung, and make them establish kilns in Hagi. This is why Hagi Ware pottery was also called Kourai, or Korean, pottery. Hagi Ware pottery, which has been made for over four centuries, blossomed and has been famous from that time on.
The charm of Hagi Ware pottery lies in the rough texture of the clay and the pockmarked surfaces laced with cracks in the glaze. Hagi Ware pottery is liquid-permeable. This results in another interesting characteristic, that is, that its color and tone change with use, especially if used to drink tea. Hagi Ware pottery also effectually expresses certain “simplicity” due to the original standards of its style, the tint of the clay, and the glazing technique. Thus, Hagi Ware pottery has been widely appreciated by experts of the tea ceremony.