What is Nigori?

nigori sake

If you've looked over the drink menu at Yamashiro you've probably come across the word "nigori" on our list of sake. What makes this unique from your typical sake?

"Nigori" is a Japanese word that roughly translates to cloudy. The drink gets this name from its cloudy appearance. Typically sake is filtered to remove any grain solids left after the rice fermentation process, giving it a relatively clear appearance. When the sake is not filtered during the fermentation process you end up with a sake that is much cloudier and that sake is called Nigori.

Nigori sake tends to be the sweetest of all sakes, which makes it a great pairing for a spicy dish or a dessert wine. As with most sakes, it is recommended that you consume the whole bottle once opened so that the sake does not lose any of its flavor. We at Yamashiro invite you to order a bottle on your next visit and drink up!