For those new to the world of sake, one of the hardest questions to answer is, “What style of sake do you like?”

People almost invariably claim to prefer dry brews, but when offered, for example, a classic honjōzo-style sake, which is generally light and crisp in character, many sake neophytes find the flavor too subtle, or even too dry. Consumers are rarely accurate in describing their own taste preferences, especially without prior knowledge of sake basics. It’s like trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle of an image you’ve never seen: How do you know where to start?

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.