Tuesday, August 26, 2014

When it's cold, or when it's hot...

Sake is made in many styles.  Some are especially good served hot, others are better served over ice.  Like Scotch whiskies, the flavor varies with the method used for brewing, the method and materials used in filtering, the ingredients, the composition of the barrels, and, most of all, the water.  There is even a special kind of sake, unfiltered and barely alcoholic, that is served the way Americans might serve hot chocolate in the winter, though in very small quantities.  I was served a tiny cup of this near a large and famous temple in the Asakusa district of Tokyo that is a major tourist destination one bitter day.  It's delicious, sweet, and very warming.  Just the thing when coming in from the snow!  This lovely stream is in Yoyogi Park, in Tokyo.

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