A critical point that should not be misunderstood is that "temperature when preserving" and "temperature when drinking" are different. For example, it may be more delicious to chill a Honjozo sake, which had been stored at room temperature to ice-cold only when drinking, or to warm the sake bottle that you kept in the refrigerator and drink it as hot sake; however, you would also like to drink it in a way that matches what you are eating for dinner.
Remember that storage temperature is the temperature to preserve the quality for the longest time and drinking temperature for enjoying it in the most delicious state is another story!
In the United States, even if sake is known as "rice wine", there are still many people misunderstanding that many types of sake can be stored at room temperature, just like wine. However sake is a very delicate drink and if you make a mistake in the preservation method, you will miss out on the the original flavors that the brewer intended.
Although it may seem a little difficult to remember the unfamiliar terms,basic knowledge of sake preservation is another step in knowing the real taste of sake and it is necessary. When buying sake, please also consider what serving method is suitable for that sake.