Case ExampleTaste Watch February 2011

Taste Watch is a condensed one page length report with colorful graphs and charts focusing on various food/beverage categories. The report provides alternate view regarding taste and examples of how to use analyzed taste data.

Alcoholic Beverage

Japanese Sake : Comparison to other Alcoholic Beverages

Sake is one of the most famous Japanese alcoholic beverages recognized world wide. Sake is sometimes compared to beer, since sake is made from fermenting rice, like fermenting grains to make beer. But sake is also known as "rice wine." Is sake similar or different from beer and wine? In this report, sake, wine(red and white), and beer's tastes are analyzed.

Taste Comparison of Each
Taste Comparison of Each

Below figures are radar charts comparing white wine, beer, red wine, and sake. The tastes used as axes are astringency, clarity, bitterness, umami, and body. To represent overall taste balance, each category's average are used as taste data.

According to the chart, sake has strong clarity and umami, indicating a refreshing yet smooth taste. White wine has a taste balance with strong clarity with body, meaning it has crisp taste. Red wine has a balance strong in astringency, umami, and body, which shows fullness in its taste. Beer has strong astringency, body and bitterness balance that creates heartiness and rich bitterness to enjoy. In overall taste balance, sake and white wine has similar taste shape with strong clarity and low bitterness. When it comes to taste, sake is closer to white wine than beer and red wine.

Sake pairs well with the Japanese cuisine such as sushi and tempura. So how about the Western cuisine? Since sake has similar taste shape as white wine, one easy guild is to pair food with sake is matching with cuisine that goes well with white wine.

Figures: Radar Charts
Radar Charts