1.What is Nama-Chozo?
‘Nama-Chozo’ is a type of sake that has undergone only one pasteurisation (heat-treatment);
sake normally undergoes two.
The first pasteurisation is performed after pressing and before storage. The second, prior to bottling and shipping.
Nama-Chozo skips the first and goes straight through to the second pasteurisation.
The opposite type of sake which only goes through the first pasteurisation is called ‘Nama-Zume’. A sake that has been shipped in a completely unpasteurised state is simply called ‘Nama-Zake’ or ‘Nama’.
2. The Characteristics of Nama-Chozo
Nama-Chozo is put in storage for longer than the Nama-Zume type. This gives it a unique flavour.
Furthermore, the fact that it has undergone only one pasteurisation gives it a slightly unstable quality. For this reason, it is better refrigerated.