FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Japan, Sake

May 1, 2004
2004 / May 2004

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.

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Feature
Nov 14, 2019

MOXY East Village NYC Opens for Business

A new celebration of American counterculture recently opened in New York City’s East Village by way of MOXY East Village.

Thessaloniki: Culture, Good Food and Shopping

Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.

Feature
Nov 14, 2019

Germany Increasing Air Departure Taxes

As part of Germany’s climate package, a plan to reduce emissions, the country will raise departure taxes at German airports. Taxes will go up as much as 60 percent, and are expected to raise up to €740 million. The funds will then be used to lower VAT on rail fares from 19 percent to 7 percent.

News
Nov 14, 2019

Norwegian Cruise Line Welcomes Latest Ship

Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, ahead of its naming ceremony Nov. 21. The 1,100-foot-long ship boasts a guest capacity of nearly 4,000. Since Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the shi, Oct. 30, Norwegian Encore sailed from Germany to England before making its way to New York City, then Miami, where the christening ceremony takes place next week.

To New Heights

United Airlines announces a number of new routes.

Feature
Nov 14, 2019

Glasgow Airport Electrifies Bus Fleet

A first for a United Kingdom airport, Glasgow Airport introduced a fleet of electric buses for connections to its terminal and long-stay parking lot.

eFlyer News
Nov 14, 2019

Japan Airlines Announces Route Expansion

Getting to and from Asia gets a little simpler thanks to a new network expansion from Japan Airlines.

Your Home Away From Home

Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.

eFlyer Lead
Nov 14, 2019

Swiss-Belhotel International Details Thailand Debut

Swiss-Belhotel International boasts an impressive portfolio throughout 22 countries, including 10 ASEAN member countries. This growth is continuing with the group’s new plans to debut four properties in Thailand.