An interesting issue was raised on the alcoholic beverages thread below: I have never figured out this thing about drinking cold sake - when I started eating japanese food it was always served hot, and people in the know pointed out the difference between regional types and that some brands were higher quality than others.
Then, at some point in the last 10 years I think, people started drinking/talking about drinking sake cold, something that has never appealed to me. I think kinds of sake went on sale that were geared to this style of drinking. I lost my confidence in my discernment in this area and stopped buying the stuff.
Can somebody explain what is really going on - has there been a japanese cultural shift or not - and suggest some good brands and types for both uses?