Sake Meter Value (SMV)


This is measured by an implement that looks like the largest thermometer that you have a ever seen , which is used to measure the ambient or residual sugars in sake. Every sake sold has the SMV checked in order to categorize it by sweet or dry standards. Historically , the basis for sake was zero, negative numbers represented sweeter sakes and positive numbers designated drier sakes. In other words, the higher the number the drier the sake. But as tastes moved in the direction of favoring sweeter sakes, the basis changes to +2, with numbers below +2 being sweeter and numbers above +2 being drier. I should point out that this standard is fairly arbitrary, as I had many sakes with low (or sweet)SMV that drink rather dry and vice versa.

The list is a made up of a broad selection, all in alphabetical order. The review list the name of the sake, the type of sake, the prefecture where it was produced, the sake meter value, which measures the dryness versus the sweetness, the acidity, the aroma, flavor, and texture, a word that best represents the overall feeling of the sake, the wine that will put you in a general ballpark for the flavor of the sake, a beer that will
also get you close to the feeling and style of the sake, and a smattering of foods that pair well with that particular sake.

Sake Meter Value Chart
Sweet -10 ~ -5 甘口
  -5 ~ 0 やや甘口
  0 ~ +5 やや辛口
  +5 ~ +10 辛口
Dry +10 ~ 超辛口