Cool sake is hot. Once thought of as a traditional, ceremonial Japanese beverage served warm in small ceramic cups, today’s sake is more often chilled to a temperature almost as cold as white wine, poured into a wine glass and sipped with fervor. Microbrews? Been there. Single malt scotch? Done that. Looking for the latest chic among connoisseurs of drink? Make it sake.
Neither wine nor beer nor distilled spirit, sake is made from a rice called sakamai, pure water and koji (steamed rice cultivated with a special mold). The sakamai is milled to remove bran and exterior solids. The more the rice is milled, the finer the sake it produces. Of the three main types of sake, Junmai-shu has about 30 percent of the rice’s exterior removed; Ginjo-shu has about 40 percent removed; and Daiginjo-shu has at least 50 percent removed. (Since these terms are transliterated from Japanese, spellings on labels may differ slightly.) The rice is steam-cooked, mixed with yeast and koji and fermented.After about a month, the mash is pressed, filtered and blended. It then rests for about six months before being released to market.
There are no vintage dates on sake. Stored well (in a cool, dark place), it should remain fresh for at least six months.As for color, sake ranges from almost transparent to golden amber for the fuller-flavored versions. If it is dark amber or brown, it is past its prime. Sake’s alcohol content is generally between 15 percent and 17 percent, compared to 11.5 percent to 14 percent for most table wine. Like wine connoisseurs, sake enthusiasts talk about the drink’s fragrance, balance and acidity, as well as its range from simple to complex, from light- to full-bodied, from dry to sweet.
A number of Japan’s breweries import sake to the United States, and there are some fine sake breweries in this country. A standard 720 milliliter bottle of sake (wine’s standard bottle is 750 milliliters), averages about $20 to $40 for the Junmai-shu type. Other types cost more.
Chill it, or warm it as most Japanese still do. Drink it with seafood, hors d’oeuvres, light
dishes and, of course, with sushi and other Japanese foods. Use it in mixed drinks.Try a saketini (vodka and sake). Best of all, drink it neat. Enjoy the unique qualities and savor the flavors of this new and old epicurean delight.
Airplane travel evokes a lot of emotions these days: excitement, anticipation, uncertainty and nervousness, just to name a few. But when you do take to the skies again, the giddiness of getting pampered at 35,000 feet can most certainly wash away the surrealness of the past year and a half — at least for the duration of a long- haul flight — as you sip Champagne and slip your feet into plush slippers. While some global airlines have paused or pushed back plans for upgrades and refreshes to their premium cabins, others have introduced exciting changes that await in your pod or lie-flat bed in first and business classes. What’s more, amenities like privacy screens, sliding suite doors and space to spread out all serve a dual purpose as methods to luxuriate in the air while keeping social distance. Here are some nice- ties to expect now and in the near future, from retrofitted seat configurations to updated décor to Michelin-starred meals:
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