Friday, January 30, 2009

Japanese liquor - Sake

Almost all areas in the world have their own distinct alcohol. For Japan, one such alcohol would certainly be sake/nihonshu, or in other words, Japanese liquor.

Basic information
Nihonshu is a traditional Japanese alcohol made from fermented rice, made mostly in northern Japan. It is made under strict conditions by professional toji (Nihonshu makers) to achieve the flavor of their dreams. Nihonshu can be enjoyed in various temperatures from 5 degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius. Drinking it hot is known as atsukan, drinking it cold is hiya/reishu. Similar to wine, nihonshu's flavor changes with age, so you can enjoy different flavors even with the same brand.

Generally, alcohol is likely to have an image of being unhealthy. That does not always apply to nihonshu. It is said to enhance blood circulation, and to relax stiff areas of your body. However, please be aware that drinking too much is not recommended. If you don't like drinking it, enjoy it another way by taking a nihonshu bath! Just adding two or three cups of nihonshu into a filled bathtub will warm you to the core of your body.

Now, why not go outside and grab a Nihonshu of your own?

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