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Newsletter Novemver 

Japanese influence: raising a toast to sake

Everyone enjoys a change of pace, a taste of something exotic and different. That’s why the Grand Hôtel Bar offers, as of mid-November, a selection of Japanese sake. It’s the perfect occasion to discover or rediscover this ancestral alcohol. In fact, the first written mention of sake can be traced back to the 8th century A.D. and legend has it that sake was actually introduced at the Imperial court of Yamato in the 4th century A.D. When sake was finally sold to the general public, starting in the Edo period (1603-1867), it was the combined result of multiple brewing techniques developed throughout the country and the imperial sake production method.

Many breweries still exist around the Japanese islands such as Fukuchiyo Shuzo, Kaetsu Shuzo and Shirakabegura.

As a matter of fact, the very first brewery (Fukuchiyo Shuzo) is so old and well preserved that it has been listed as a National Cultural Monument.

The Grand Hôtel Bar has selected four sakes for you to sample, including:

  • Jijoshu Vintage 2012 Junmai Jyukusei Genshu sake

This is a mellow sake: light and sweet flavour with caramel notes and creamy texture.

  • Sparkling Shirakabegura „Mio“ sake – Sparkling Junmai

Naturally sweet, this sparkling sake and its delicate bubbles introduces you to the subtle side of sake; sweet and mellow, flavourful and fruity, Mio is ideal for an aperitif or with dessert!

We also offer food pairing with Gyozas (Japanese dumplings) / steamed vegetables for an authentic Japanese experience. Our team would also be delighted to create a personalised sake cocktail, all you have to do is ask.