The scoop on Sake rice - Part 1


17 March 2023

Specially grown varieties of rice are used for sake brewing because of their unique structure.

Something that you will regularly see when it comes to choosing your sake is the listing of the polishing ratio of the rice. Sake rice is always polished and how much it is polished has been the determining factor in the class of the sake.

So why all the polishing? Sake rice is bigger and more plump, structured to have a very large core of starch with all of the fats and proteins, vitamins and minerals on the outside layers of the rice grain. This allows for polishing off of a lot of the components of a grain of rice which will add weight, richness and sometimes unwanted flavors in a specific style of sake.