Sake tasting

Sake, referred to as a Japanese rice wine, is made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Unlike wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in fruit, typically grapes, sake is produced by a brewing process more akin to that of beer, where starch is converted into sugars which ferment into alcohol. Similar to what sommeliers do, “Kikizake” (sake tasting) is an activity that involves guessing what brand of sake you are served blindfolded.