Nevertheless, some people believe that sake is a hard liquor because it’s often accused of causing hangovers; following are the potential reasons for this popular belief.
Although the ABV of sake is higher than other brewed alcohols like beer or wine, its smooth flavor provides the impression that it is a light alcohol beverage. This might encourage consumption at a high pace and often you don’t realize how drunk you are until you are wasted.
2. Complexity of Taste
It is said that sake consists of more taste elements compared to other alcohols. For example, if you let the beer’s content rate of amino acid be 1, that of wine will be 3 and sake will be 8. This large amount of taste components not only realizes sake’s complex and fascinating flavor, but also increases the load on the liver.
Sake may carry dishonorable reputations as a headache-producing hard liquor for its widely spread but wrong perception. However, if you know the basics of how it’s made and how to properly enjoy it, you know it’s a delicate craft alcohol like wine. Having said that, you should sip it slowly and drink water as a chaser in order to prevent hangovers.
Sake sometimes can make you feel sick as any other alcoholic beverage can, but it’s not because it is a strong spirit but because you don’t know so much about the characteristics of sake. If you drink with the proper knowledge, sake is not your enemy but can be your best friend.