Let’s toast with “Bizen ware” into which sake would be made delicious only by pouring.
The earthen vessel in the Kofun period, which appeared in a textbook of history. “Bizen ware”, produced around Bizen City, Okayama, is said to be a descendant directly from the ancient vessel. It is also one of six old kilns. With a brown rough surface burned hard in a high-temperature kiln around 1,200 degrees Celsius without using glaze, and simple design, the most of Bizen ware is for practical use. Certainly, we feel as if it has scent of the ancient time. Do you know this simple Bizen ware actually has various need-to-know merits for people who love sake?
Bizen ware beer mug (produced by Pottery KONISHI TOUKO) 4,860 yen The discoloration of ceramic ware gives a view like Japanese painting.
(Photo: Hare no Kuni Okayama-kan, the same applies hereinafter.)
Irresistible for those who love sake!?
First, Bizen ware cup makes beer more delicious.
With a large specific heat due to its precise composition, vessels of Bizen ware are excellent in keeping things hot and cold. Cold beer will not readily become lukewarm. since glaze is not used, the surface of vessels has fine irregularities. These irregularities produce and keep a head on beer. As a result, the head on beer does not let scent go, and beer tastes better.
Bizen ware beer cup (produced by Pottery Shoen) 1,944 yen With fine reddish fire mark, the cup looks suitable for shochu and water.
Secondly, Bizen ware also makes non-sparkling liquor delicious, including sake, shochu, and whiskey.
The reason is said that scent of sake is easily strengthened with air contained in fine cavities in clay and the taste of sake containing air becomes also milder. Those who know such effects well transfer shochu from a glass bottle to a dedicated bottle of Bizen ware to keep it.
Bizen ware small beer mug (produced by Pottery “Toshoen”) 1,080 yen This small mug can be used as a sake cup. Sesame patter has given it snap.
It also features being too hard to crack easily.
The third merit is its robustness.
Bizen ware is so robust that it is said that if thrown, Bizen ware mortar would not break (a motor is one of regular items of Bizen ware). As baked for some two weeks at high temperature, Bizen ware is anyhow robust. If you drop the cup carelessly while drunk, it would surely not break.
Just seeing patters called “sangiri”, “hidasuki”, and “goma”, sake would taste better. With side dishes for sake which are placed in dishes and bowls of Bizen ware which is excellent as a container for food, sake would taste better. If you think of historical romance of Bizen ware which has been handed down from the ancient times, sake would taste more delicious. Like this, merits of Bizen ware are countless.
Conclusion If you want to have delicious sake, you should use Bizen ware. Don’t forget it. Of course, be careful not to drink too much.