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I've been trying to discover when mirin needs to be refrigerated. Unopened bottles aren't kept cold, but after opening answers seem to diverge.

I've read that traditional mirin is 14% alcohol by volume. Mine ("takara masamune mirin") is 12%, but doesn't appear to have added sweetener. The bottle itself doesn't mention storage after opening.

Should I be treating mirin more like (grape) wine and refrigerate after opening/consume quickly, or more like rice vinegar that can live in the pantry?

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I have never refrigerated a bottle of mirin in my life. Not even the $12 fancy one.

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