Scotch, Bourbon, and Wine are very much at home in sake ware but Sake is Japan’s national alcoholic beverage made from rice, koji, and water.
Sake etiquette can be thought of as Japanese culture in a cup. A sake party is a social activity that promotes respect, harmony and unity through pouring for one another and polite conversation. Social status is leveled, and everyone is an honored guest. The ceramic cups (guinomi or ochoko) that are typically used for consuming sake are small. Some guidelines include: DON’T POUR FOR YOURSELF; anyone can pour and taking turns is okay; pour with two hands; when sake is offered to you, lift your cup with two hands and move it towards the server; don’t clink the bottle to the cup or clink the cups together; sip and savor, don’t gulp it down like a shot of cheep whisky; when a cup is low fill it 80%; if you don’t want more, don’t empty your cup; and engage the conversation.
Tokkuri is a kind of vessel used to serve sake. Its shape has a slim neck with round body. The name Tokkuri is said to come from the sound of pouring sake: tokku-tokku, or glug-glug in English. We enjoy making Sake sets.