Gekkeikan Sake Silver
Gekkeikan Silver Sake

This aromatic sake is fermented to achieve its dry and crisp flavor.  Creatively packaged in attractive green bottles, this sake is designed to be served chilled or over ice.
What is Sake?

Sake is a naturally fermentated alcoholic beverage classified in the same general category with wine and beer.  These beverages are made through a fermentation process which, essentially is the conversion of glucose into alcohol through the work of koji (fungi enzyme) and yeast.  However, due to the differences in ingredients, the corresponding fermentation processes required for producing each product very in degree of complexity.

Sake is made from the simple ingredients of rice and water.  Containing no artificial additives, enhancers or sulfites, Gekkeikan sake is completely natural.  It is also a great way to add unique flavor to your favorite dishes.  It is perfect for use in stir-fries, marinades, sauces and a variety of other recipes.  Like beer and wine, sake is lower in both alcoholic content and calories when compared to distilled liquors.  But unlike wine and distilled liquors, freshness is the key to good taste.  With production taking place in our California brewary year round, Gekkeikan is able to consistently deliver fresh, high quality sake.

Caloric Information
Sake:  105 ~ 110 cal.
Beer:  40 ~ 70 cal.
Wine:  80 ~ 100 cal.
Whiskey:  225 ~ 250 cal.
Per 100 ml (3.3 oz.) serving

Nutritional Information
Protein:  0.5 g
Fat:  less than 0.1 g
Sugar: 5 g
Dietary Fiber:  less than 0.1 g
Calcium:  1.6 mg
Iron:  less than 0.1 mg
Potassium:  2.9 mg
Vitamin B1:  3.0 ug
Per 100 ml (3.3 oz.) serving

The Japanese often serve sake at a temperature to match the time of year or the style of food it will accompany.  This custom is so widespread that the Japanese language itself includes special words for sake depending upon the temperature at which it is served.  Warmed or slightly heated sake is called kan.  When kan is served at 45 deg C (113 deg F), its fullness of body and mellow flavor become more pronounced making this a popular chioce during the cooler months or when paired with refreshingly light fare.  Enjoyed in this fashion, kan is particularly soothing.

Chilled sake is called hiya.  Hiya generally assumes a fresh, fruity character and is particularly refreshing during warm weather, but can be equally enjoyable throughout the year.  Some sakes are brewed specifically to be served chilled, such as many of the premium sakes.  This is in order to preserve the subtle, delicate flavor that warming can destroy.  Other sakes are brewed to be more versatile and tend to have a slightly heartier flavor that is enjoyable both chilled and warmed.

Traditional Japanese culture makes frequent use of sake as a way to observe a seasonal holiday or mark a special event.  As such, sake is imbibed on such occasions as toasting the New Year, celebrating a local festival or solemnizing a wedding vow.  Whether served in an antique porcelain cup or a small wooden cup (masu), whether spiced with herbs or garnished with flower petals, sake plays a special roll in ceremonial aesthetics.

Today, sake is most often enjoyed according to personal preferenced in casual atmospheres.  Individuals may select the season, occasion, food, and surroundings that suit their own tastes.
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