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How long can you keep an unopened Sake?

I received a gift box of Geikkeikan Sake "Samurai Tokkuri" & cups from a Japenese visitor several years ago. It's never been opened & appeasrs to be sealed quite well. Am wondering what the shelf life is. Has been stored in various locations, from a cellar to dining room. Any serving suggestions?

Answer From Expert Roger C. Bohmrich, MW

The basic answer I would give you is that Sake as a rule is not intended for keeping and tends to deteriorate faster it it is not stored at a cool temperature. This is particularly true of the delicate and complex higher grades of junmai ginjo and daiginjo which are customarily drunk chilled or at room temperature. With regard to the bottle you have, tokkuri refers to the small carafe from which Sake is served. It would be best to drink the Sake soon.

About The Expert

Roger has enjoyed a lengthy career in the wine trade as an importer and retailer, and at present he is an educator, speaker and consultant. He set up and managed Millesima USA, a New York merchant affiliated with Europe's leader in direct sales of fine wines to consumers. Previously, he served as senior executive of Frederick Wildman & Sons, traveling regularly around the world to visit wineries and taste the new vintage from barrel. Roger became one of America's first Masters of Wine in 1993.

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