The unique and flavorful nature of saké has made it a popular drink around the world. For a beginner, it can be confusing to know how to serve and drink it properly. There are three common ways to serve saké: using a traditional masu cup; using a saké set, made up of a tokkuri and ochoko; drinking it in a wine glass.
The traditional way to serve saké is in a masu cup. This is a wooden cup occasionally lined with lacquer and is usually square in shape. Its design is meant to draw out the flavor of the saké and to maximize the drinker’s enjoyment. When using a masu cup, it is important to fill it only halfway and not to the brim.
The second way to drink saké is by using a saké set. This set is made up of two pieces: the tokkuri and the ochoko. The tokkuri is a saké flask, usually made of ceramic, and it is used to hold the saké. The ochoko is a small cup, also made of ceramic, and it is used to drink the saké. It is important to note that when using a tokkuri and ochoko, the saké should be poured from the flask into the cup.
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