What is Sake Meter Value (SMV)?

Did you know that the taste of sake can be measured in numbers? The Sake Meter Value (SMV – 日本酒度) measures how dry or sweet the sake is, based on a scale of positive and negative numbers. Dry sake is measured on the positive scale (up to +15), and sweet sake is measured on the negative scale (up to -15).

What the SMV also measures is the density of sake compared to water – the higher the positive number, the drier it becomes and vice versa.

These figures are often indicated on the back side of the sake label, so you can easily determine which kind of sake is better suited for your tastebuds!

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