Sake brewing is a complicated process. Different kinds of sake with various tastes are produced depending on the raw materials [e.g., rice, water, rice malt (koji), and sake yeast (kobo)], brewing process, and storage period. To represent the complicated taste of sake in an easy-tounderstand manner, two-dimensional charts based on the analysis results of taste and aroma components have been developed. However, various issues related to the difference between the evaluations by panelists in actual sake tasting and those in charts as well as the lack of objectivity still remain. The purpose of this study is to visualize the taste of sake using a scale that is different from the conventional one by combining taste sensors and sensory evaluation. In this study, measurement using taste sensors, general analysis, and sensory evaluation of 135 kinds of sake were carried out. Using the results obtained, a scatter diagram of sake samples with small differences in the evaluations by panelists in actual sake tasting and those in charts was developed using saltiness determined with taste sensors and a sake meter value (specific gravity of sake). We called the scatter diagram the sake flavor chart. From the obtained results, we succeeded in visualizing the flavor of sake using a new objective scale that faithfully simulates the human sense of taste.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)