How do you sense sake with your nose?

How do you sense sake with your nose?

When you do tasting sake, you will sense smell, taste and color. Especially, smell is one of the most important aspect because you will sense smell twice for one sips.  You can feel a plenty of smell while tasting. You even smell apricot or pineapple’s smell from these rice fermented veberege. So, I would give you the tips to express your sense into words.

1. Uwadachi ka(上立つ香)

This is the smell you feel before drinking sake. You pour sake on the cup, then you close your nose to the cup. You will sense some flavor. 

It is categorized into 3 types.

A. Ginjou-ka(吟醸香)

Ginjou-ka is the most elegant flavor in Uwadachi ka. You smell it from Ginjou-syu(one of the type of Sake). As it contains isoamyl acetate(酢酸イソアミル) or ethyl caproate(カプロン酸エチル), you sense flavor like melon, banana and pineapple.

B. Genryo-ka(原料香)

Genryo means ingredients. So genryo-ko is simply flavor of rice. You can sense several types of flavor such as steamed rice, non- glutinous rice.

C. Jyukusei-ko(熟成香)

Jyukusei means aging. So, this part is similar to wine. You sense complicated smell such as mashroom, oak wood, soy source and cacao.

2. Fukumi-ka(含み香)

This smell is sensed when you put sake in your mouth. First, you sip sake and roll the liquid into your mouth. Then, you breath out and smell from nose. 

It also called Koucyu-ka(口中香). Literally means that the flavor you feel in your mouth.

sake is balanced when you feel less gaps between 含み香 and 上立ち香.