Will the taste of sake change? The difference between "Gui-drinking" and "Inoguchi" that you should know

February 21, 2021

日本酒の味が変わる?知っておきたい「ぐい呑み」と「お猪口」の違い

When drinking sake, you may use various sake sets such as sip and inoguchi.
If you like sake, it is not uncommon for you to stick to such sake sets.

In fact, each sake set is used properly according to the quality of sake and the situation in which it is drunk.
Therefore, in this article, we will introduce the differences and features of the typical sake set, Gui-drink and Inoguchi.

In addition, we will also introduce recommended drinks and inoguchi to make sake more delicious, so please take a look to the end.

table of contents

  1. What is a swallow?
  2. What is Inoguchi?
  3. Differences between the characteristics of swallowing and inoguchi
  4. Does the taste of sake change with a drink and an inoguchi?
  5. How to wash and care for swallowing and inoguchi
  6. 5 Recommended Drinks
  7. Glass studio Gengensha, swallowing water millet horns
  8. Glass artist Mayuko Takeda Guinomi "Nijitohoshi"
  9. Pottery thin ice blister ice fissure intrusion glaze only
  10. Shigaraki ware Yuraku kiln Turkish blue swallow
  11. Writer Megumi Miyamoto Turkish glaze Sencha bowl
  12. 5 Recommended Inoguchi
  13. Tsugaru Vidro Four Seasons Cup
  14. Tsugaru Vidro Cup Hydrangea
  15. Recycled glass studio Tetoto dew ball long-legged shot (wide mouth)
  16. Tsugaru Vidro Sake Set 2 Colors
  17. Tsugaru Vidro Nebuta Nagashi Sake Set
  18. Summary If you know the difference between drinking and drinking, the evening drink will be even more enjoyable.

| What is a swallow?

Painted swallow

Gui-drinking is one of the sake sets mainly used when enjoying sake.
There are various theories, but it is said that it came to be called "Gui-drinking" because it "drinking".

There are various materials used for swallowing, such as ceramics, glass, wood, tin, and snake eyes.
The taste of sake varies depending on the ingredients, and one of the ways to enjoy it is to find your favorite taste.

The size of the vessel is one size larger than that of Inoguchi, and it is literally suitable for swallowing.
It can be said that it is a sake set for enjoying sake, rather than a sake set for drinking sake.

| What is Inoguchi?

Inoguchi is one of the sake sets used when drinking sake, just like drinking sake.
The etymology of "Inoguchi" is said to be "a little thing."
* There are various theories such as coming from "Choku" of "Anchoku".

Inoguchi is a little smaller than a swallow.
Basically, it is large enough to drink sake with a single bite.

The previous drink was a sake set for enjoying sake, but Inoguchi can be said to be a sake set for drinking sake.

| Differences between the characteristics of swallowing and inoguchi

The biggest difference between a swallow and an inoguchi is the size of the vessel.
The swallow has a deeper bottom and a slightly wider caliber.

For this reason, it is possible to drink a sip in one or two mouths, while a sip is divided into several mouths and drunk.
Both are the same as sake sets for drinking sake, but gui-drinking is used in places where you can "enjoy sake."

There is no specific definition such as "swallowing more than a few centimeters".
However, "whether or not you can drink it with a single bite" will be one of the criteria for distinguishing between swallowing and inoguchi.

Was the slurp originally a container for delicacies?

Nowadays, it is used as one of the sake sets, but it was not used as a sake set from the beginning.
In the olden days, it was used as a container for adding delicacies such as "konowata" and "namasu" as a tea ceremony.

And it is said that the beginning of swallowing was when you ate and drank alcohol in an empty bowl.
For that reason, the aesthetic sense of "Wabi-Sabi" was reflected in the swallowing, and it became popular as a "vessel for enjoying sake."

Not only the size of the bowl, but also this feature is a big difference between swallowing and inoguchi.

| Does the taste of sake change between drinking and drinking?

Cherry blossoms, swallows and sake bottles

Does the taste of Gui-drink and Inoguchi change when you drink sake?
Basically, it's best to drink your favorite sake with your favorite sake set.
However, by using them properly, you can enjoy sake more while enjoying it.

Rather than changing the taste depending on the type of sake set, the image is that you can enjoy it more deliciously by using it properly according to the quality of sake.

Junmaishu is recommended for drinking over time

When drinking Junmaishu, it is recommended to use a sip.
The characteristic of sake is that its taste changes as the temperature changes.
For example, when the temperature changes, there are various changes in aroma, umami, and mouthfeel.

Therefore, swallowing over time is suitable for enjoying the change in taste due to the temperature change.
Junmaishu, in particular, offers different flavors and richness of rice depending on the temperature.
It can be said that a sip is a sake set that allows you to fully enjoy the taste of sake.

Ginjo sake is recommended for the inoguchi that can be drunk with a single bite

On the other hand, Inoguchi is recommended for drinking Ginjo sake, which has a gorgeous scent.
If you want to enjoy the scent of Ginjo sake while drinking, it is said that 10 to 15 ° C is the optimum temperature.

Inoguchi, which is small and can be drunk with a single bite, can be enjoyed with little temperature change.
If you want to enjoy the scent more, you should choose a wide caliber inoguchi.

You can also enjoy different flavors of sake depending on the ingredients of the sake and the inoguchi.

Materials and types used for swallowing and inoguchi

Various materials are used for swallowing and inoguchi.
Among them, the following materials are typical.

  • Janome
  • Tin
  • Glass

It is also a good idea to enjoy sake while using different sake sets.
Then, I will briefly introduce what kind of enjoyment each can do.

Janome

The circled dots are often used for both swallowing and inoguchi.
The feature is that a blue double circle is drawn on the bottom of the white bowl.
It is called "Janome" because this ring looks like a snake's eye.

This snake's eye is the big point to enjoy sake.
You can check the transparency of sake in the white part of the Janome.
And in the blue part, you can check the gloss.
It is the circled dots that you can enjoy while watching the quality of sake in this way.

Tin

Tin is a material with excellent antibacterial properties, thermal conductivity, and durability.
Therefore, it is resistant to rust and corrosion, and has been treated as a Shinto liquor vessel since ancient times in Japan.

If you drink sake with a tin swallow or an inoguchi, it will have a mellow taste and no miscellaneous taste.
Sometimes it is given as a lucky charm, so it is also recommended when drinking at a congratulatory seat.

Glass

First of all, the transparent color of the glass swallowing and inoguchi is a big attraction.
Cold sake is recommended when drinking in a glass sake set.
The transparency of the glass and cold sake is beautiful, and you can enjoy it from the outside.

Also, if you drink at the rock, the sound of ice that squeaks will provide a pleasant time.

| How to wash and care for swallowing and inoguchi

Introducing how to wash and care for swallowing and inoguchi.
Basically, let's change the care method according to the type of swallowing and inoguchi.

Here, we will explain how to wash and care for several types.

How to wash and care for pottery

It is important to wash the pottery swallows and inoguchi immediately after use.
Be careful not to soak it in water or hot water for a long time as it may cause mold and odor.

If it is painted, refrain from rubbing it too hard.
Use a soft material such as a sponge and wash it gently.
Also, after washing, let's dry it thoroughly.

How to wash and care for tin

Tin is a very soft material with excellent thermal conductivity.
Therefore, please refrain from using a dishwasher or dryer as it may deform.
Also, if you rub it with a scrubbing brush, it will be damaged, so be careful.

Basically, it is the same as pottery, and after use, wash it with a sponge.
If you don't feel the luster, wash it with a mixture of baking soda and a neutral detergent.

How to wash and care for brass

Since brass is easy to get dirty, wipe it off with a soft cloth immediately after use.
If you are still worried, wash it with a neutral kitchen detergent using a sponge.

After washing, rinse with detergent and wipe thoroughly with a dry cloth.
After that, dry it well and store it in a dry place.

How to wash and care for wood

It is important to gently wash the wooden swallows and inoguchi so as not to damage them.
If it gets scratched, it becomes easy for mold to grow.

As with pottery, don't leave wooden objects behind.
Also, do not store it in a humid place or near a fire.

| 4 Recommended Drinks

Wouldn't it be tempting to actually pick up various swallows once you know the characteristics of swallows?
Here, I picked up four recommended swallows.

  • Glass studio Gengensha, swallowing water millet horns
  • Glass artist Mayuko Takeda Guinomi "Nijitohoshi"
  • Pottery thin ice blister ice fissure intrusion glaze only
  • Shigaraki ware Yuraku kiln Turkish blue swallow
If you have a product that interests you, please check it out.

| Glass Studio Gengensha Drinking water millet horns

It is a "water foxtail millet horn drink" by Mr. Gengensha, a glass studio.
By using a technique called "blister", bubbles of various sizes are included.
In addition, the characteristic square shape will make the evening drink time stylish.

See the details of the glass studio Gengensha

| Glass artist Mayuko Takeda Guinomi "Nijitohoshi"

This is "Nijitohoshi" by the glass artist Mayuko Takeda.
It is a beautiful work as if a rainbow melted into the transparent glass.
Stars are also studded, and the cute design is also recommended for women.

Glass artist Mayuko Takeda See details of Guinomi "Nijitohoshi"

| Pottery thin ice blister ice crack intrusion glaze only

It is "Blister ice crack penetration glaze Guinomi" by Mr. Tobo Thin Ice.
It is a swallow using a blister ice crack intrusion glaze, and a major feature is fine intrusion.
It has a very strong presence and will make your usual evening drink special.

See the details of the pottery thin ice blister ice crack intrusion glaze only

| Shigaraki ware Yuraku kiln Turkish blue swallow

This is a swallow of the "Turkish Blue Series" by Shigaraki ware and Yuraku kiln.
The bright Turkish blue is very beautiful and gives a cool impression.
Still, it is the unique texture of pottery that makes you feel warm.

Shigaraki ware Yuraku kiln Turkish blue See details of swallowing

| 5 Recommended Inoguchi

Inoguchi can also drink sake in various ways depending on the product.
Here, we introduce recommended products that can also be used as an inoguchi.

  • Tsugaru Vidro Four Seasons Cup
  • Tsugaru Vidro Cup Hydrangea
  • Recycled glass studio Tetoto dew ball long-legged shot (wide mouth)
  • Tsugaru Vidro Sake Set 2 Colors
  • Tsugaru Vidro Nebuta Nagashi Sake Set

I have picked up the above 5 products, so please have a look.

| Tsugaru Vidro Four Seasons Cup

Tsugaru Vidro's "Four Seasons Cup".
This work expresses the changing four seasons of Japan with four sake cups.
You can enjoy "Hanami Sake, Ryoshu, Tsukimi Sake, Yukimi Sake" according to the season.

See details of Tsugaru Vidro Shiki no Sake

| Tsugaru Vidro Cup Hydrangea

It is a sake set named "Hydrangea" from the Tsugaru Vidro cup collection.
It is a colorful work reminiscent of the June flower "hydrangea".
On a hot summer night, why not have a drink with this sake set?

See details of Tsugaru Vidro Cup Hydrangea

| Recycled glass studio Tetoto dew ball long-legged shot (wide mouth)

It is a work of "Dew ball series" by Mr. Tetoteto, a recycled glass studio.
Although it is a shot glass, it can also be used as an ingot in terms of size.
The feature is that a large dew ball is trapped in the bottom of the glass.

See the details of the recycled glass studio Tetoto dew ball long-legged shot (wide mouth)

| Tsugaru Vidro Sake Set 2 Colors

Tsugaru Vidro sake set.
The contrast between golden and light blue is beautiful, and it makes the place of drinking gorgeous.
It is a product that you can enjoy with your partner because it is a set of sake bottle and sake cup.

See details of Tsugaru Vidro Sake Set 2 colors

| Tsugaru Vidro Nebuta Nagashi Sake Set

Tsugaru Vidro "Nebuta Nagashi" sake set.
It is a work that expresses the "Nebuta Festival", which is a summer tradition in Aomori.
You will be able to drink in a colorful and enjoyable mood.
This is also a set of sake bottle and two sake cups, making it a perfect gift.

See details of Tsugaru Vidro Nebuta Nagashi Sake Set

| Summary If you know the difference between drinking and drinking, you can have a more enjoyable evening drink.

Pottery swallowing and sake bottle

This time, we introduced the long-loved swallows and inoguchi in Japan.
Although they are the same as sake sets, they have different differences and characteristics.

The biggest difference is the size of the vessel.
The size of the swallow is one size larger than that of the inoguchi.
If you feel like you want to go crazy today, we recommend drinking a sip.

You can enjoy sake more deliciously by using each one properly.
Why don't you take this opportunity to pick up various swallows and inoguchi.

You can see the products of sake sets such as swallows and inoguchi here.

Sake set (Gui-drinking / Inoguchi)




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