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Sake is served hot and in teeny tiny cups- like ceramic shot glasses. My Dad used to have a sake set. I wonder what happened to it?
In any case, the size of the sake cup makes me think it's more like rice liquor than rice wine, in terms of strength. I still hold by my recommendations above- that it's fine once in a while as a special treat.
Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo O- Leah (in Israel for the school year), 17yo O- Hannah,and 12yo B+ Jack
I've been doing a quick search on sake, using the question - Is sake distilled spirits or wine? The common answer seems to be that it is NOT wine, since it is not made from fruit at all. Several sites I went to say that it is closer to a beer because it is made from grain and because of how it is made. One site I went to called it distilled.
So at this point, I have to say that it isn't wine and is close to beer and may possibly be considered distilled.
Also, the general opinion seems to be that only inferior grade sake is served hot. The more refined the rice, the better the grade.