Once opened, sake oxidizes but fortunately more slowly than wine. Drink sake within one week of opening but the most pleasurable state of the sake will be in the first 3 days. Unopened, sake is best drunk within 12 months of the bottling date or 2 years if kept in cool storage/refrigerated.
How long does sake keep for?
For normal “Ordinary” sake commonly seen in stores is good for about one year from the date of manufacture. Normal sake is sake that has been heat-treated by going through the “burning” process twice, after squeezing the sake and before bottling.
Do you sip or chug sake?
Regardless of temperature, dont shoot your sake. Sake is a fermented rice drink. Its not a beer, wine or liquor. Just sip it, kind of how you would enjoy wine or tea.
Can you drink 25 year old sake?
Can you drink old sake? Sake without an expiration date does not mean that the taste will not change over the years. If it hasnt been opened then there will be no health problem, but the fragrance and taste will change.
What is the proper way to drink sake?
Hold the cup close to your face and take in the aroma. Take a small sip, and let it linger in your mouth before you swallow it. If you wish to warm your sake, simply place the tokkuri in a pan of boiling water. About 40-45 degrees Celsius is a good temperature to enjoy this drink.