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Mercifully, the only ink used in Bam Bou is on the menus and their sake cocktails are more sensible mixes of ingredients such as sake, absinth and grenadine.
As for yeast, there are many different strains used, each yielding different final aromatics in the sake. Some will give more pear and apple aromas, some produce sakes with higher final acidity.
Why should you know about Sake? Because in our contemporary marketplace, your potential customers are interested in a wide range of products.
He said there will be three handcrafted sakes and sparkling sake when the restaurant first opens, but many grades and different styles of sake will soon follow.
(2) Add 8 ounces rinsed deveined peeled medium shrimp (41 to 50 per lb.) and 1/2 cup sake. Stir often until shrimp are opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), 2 to 3 minutes.
Tommy Klauber, the owner of Pattigeorge's, and general manager John Roper selected seven sakes for us to sniff, sip, roll around on our tongues and swallow, paying close attention to the "tail," the all-important aftertaste.
EN Japanese Brasserie in New York carries a broad range of Japanese beverages-beers, extensive sakes, shochus plus shochu cocktails.
The 2014 Sake Sommelier of the Year competition is now open for entries, with the top prize of a five-day, fully funded trip to Japan, worth around [pounds sterling]5,000 (US $8230).
A revamped beverage lineup includes 16 new handcrafted cocktails, many made with rum and sake.
In the last decade there has been a global boom in sales of nihonshu or Japanese sake, which has been encouraged by the promotional strategy of the Japanese government, the proliferation of Japanese restaurants abroad, and innovative sake brewing techniques.
Yakumi restaurant at Solaire Resort and Casino held a sake tasting session recently.
All the three sakes used in the tasting process (see box out on page 52) are sold in Hakkasan by the carafe.
The variety of sakes available on the market also allows the category to compete against much of the beverage alcohol industry.
"The House of Gekkeikan was founded in 1637 by the I Okura family and has been brewing sake over 14 generations, making it one of the oldest family-operated businesses in the world," says Yoshi Yumoto, vice president of Gekkeikan at Sidney Frank.
Call it rice wine if you like, but the Japanese alcoholic beverage called sake is more akin to beer than wine, because it is brewed rather than fermented.