Also known as Japanese rice wine, sake is alcohol manufactured from the fermentation of rice. Unlike wine which is produced by the fermentation of sugars, sake goes through a double fermentation process similar to the way beer is made. National beverage of Japan, sake has around 15 – 16% ABV, higher than that of beer and wine. The water used in sake-making is naturally sourced, with soft water usually giving rise to sweeter sakes and hard water creating drier sakes.
The quality grade of sake is dependent on how polished the rice is before brewing, with a required polishing ratio of at least 30% for sake to be considered premium. There are around 70 rice varieties utilised for sake production. Coupled with the different techniques used by brewers, many styles and categories of sake have been broadly created. At Singapore iShopChangi’s tax and duty-free online shopping, you can find sakes ranging in aromas and flavors at your convenience.