This is my friend, Bangly’s posting.
[April, 2013] In Italy the word sakè indicates a particular alcoholic drink typical from Japan, but the reality is not exatcly like that.
In fact, in Japan the word “sake” is used for every alcoholic drink.
Of course there are some different kinds of sake.
For example, the Nihonshu is a drink produced from the ethyl alcohol and a liquid derived from the fermentation of rice and has a alcohol level of 15 degree.
On the other hand, the Shochu is obtained from the distillation of rice, wheat, cereals or potatoes and has a level of alcohol between 20 and 25 degrees.
It is interesting that the Shochu is drunk during the meal (usually with ice), as Nihonshu and not only after meal, as the alcohol level suggest it.
For a Western taste, both are quite easy to drink so it is better to pay attention, because when you are eating, you often don’t realise how much you did drink.
Otherwise, you get easily drunk badly!!