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Collection: Warm Sake

Known as ‘okan’ or ‘kanzake’ in Japanese, hot sake has suffered from a bad rap over the years. Contrary to popular belief, there's no correlation between hot sake and poor quality and that perception is largely misguided.

In Japan however, heating sake is a practice that has been around as long as the beverage itself, dating back to the Jomon period. And because it’s Japan, a culture known for their attention to detail and poetic angles on things, heating sake is not a matter of mere difference between cold, warm or hot – there are 11 distinct temperatures including ‘sunbathed’ and ‘autumn breeze’. 

When sake is heated, the rising temperature affects the dryness, fragrance and balance of flavours. The drink will generally become drier, plus the increase in amino and lactic acids makes it more umami-rich and fragrant while the rice and koji flavours get more prominent. There are general guidelines around sake varieties and temperatures, but often it just comes down to personal preference. Here are some of our picks to enjoy warm. Find out more about warming sake over at our Sake Basics page. 

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  • Sempuku Shinriki Kimoto Junmai Muroka Genshu 85
    Sempuku Shinriki Kimoto Junmai Muroka Genshu 85 - sakechan
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    Miyake Honten
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  • Homare Junmai Ginjo Karahashi Black Label
    Homare Junmai Ginjo Karahashi Black Label - sakechan
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    Homare Sake Brewery
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    $58.90
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  • Homare Junmai Ginjo Karahashi White Label
    Homare Junmai Ginjo Karahashi White Label - sakechan
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    Homare Sake Brewery
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    $55.60
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  • Nihon Sakari Junmai Ginjo Souhana
    Nihon Sakari Junmai Ginjo Souhana - sakechan
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    Nihon Sakari
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    $68.50
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  • Dewazakura Junmai Dewanosato
    Dewazakura Junmai Dewanosato - sakechan
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    Dewazakura Sake Brewery
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    $54.60
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  • Kuroshi Junmai
    Kuroshi Junmai - sakechan
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    Nate Sake Brewing Company
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    $59.90
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  • Eikun Koto Sennen Junmai Ginjo
    Eikun Koto Sennen Junmai Ginjo - sakechan
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    Saito Shuzo
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    $63.10
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  • Azumaichi Junmai Ginjo
    Azumaichi Junmai Ginjo - sakechan
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    Gochoda Brewery
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    $72.80
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  • Mimurosugi Bodaimoto Junmai
    Mimurosugi Bodaimoto Junmai - sakechan
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    Imanishi Brewery
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    $69.60
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  • Kamoizumi Aged Junmai Ginjo Sachi
    Kamoizumi Aged Junmai Ginjo Sachi - sakechan
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    Kamoizumi Shuzo
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    $128.40
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  • Imayotsukasa Junmai
    Imayotsukasa Junmai - sakechan
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    Imayotsukasa Shuzo
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    $44.90
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  • Kamoizumi Junmai Ginjo Shusen
    Kamoizumi Junmai Ginjo Shusen - sakechan
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    Kamoizumi Shuzo
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    $67.40
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  • Tosa Shiragiku Junmai Ginjo Yamadanishiki
    Tosa Shiragiku Junmai Ginjo Yamadanishiki - sakechan
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    Sendo Sake Brewery
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    $81.30
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  • Gunma Izumi Choutokusen Junmai
    Gunma Izumi Choutokusen Junmai - sakechan
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    Shimaoka Shuzo
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    $72.80
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