Expectations were high as we took our first sip, but we were left disappointed as its taste didn’t quite live up to its scent. It wasn’t as sweet or smooth as we had hoped, and the bite from the alcohol was quite strong.
We took our time drinking it, and as it slowly warmed up to room temperature, it tasted surprisingly better. The edge from the alcohol was less sharp, and it felt smoother going down the throat.
“Hmm… I wonder how it would taste if I heated it up further?” said my inner voice to my brain. And then I rigged a makeshift sake warmer using a measuring jug and a coffee glass.