Indulging In Sake

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September 27, 2017 | BY Philippine Tatler

Crate&Barrel X Malt Manila explores the delightful world of sake with no less than Sake Samurai Elliot Faber in a talk at the SM Makati store

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Sake, which has been long considered the national drink of Japan, is part of the country’s culture and tradition. It is often served with special ceremony – gently warmed in a small earthenware or porcelain bottle called tokkuri and sipped from a small porcelain cup called a sakasuki

While it is often referred to as “rice wine”, it is made from rice through as a brewing –rather than fermentation - process that converts starch into alcohol, similar to the way that beer is made. With that, sake’s popularity is spreading around the world.

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Elliot Faber, who is one of the few who has been honoured with as a Sake Samurai by the Japan Sake Brewers Association Junior Council, is the perfect person to talk about this iconic Japanese drink. Hong Kong-based Elliot is the Beverage Director for Yardbird, a modern izakaya; RONIN, and Sunday’s Grocery. He is also the founder of Sunday's Distribution - a beverage distribution company focused on a specific collection of wine, sake, and spirits. 

As a Certified Sommelier and an Advanced Sake Professional, Elliot is a Senior Whisky Advisor to Zachys Wine Auctions, a Contributing Editor to JamesSuckling.com, and the co-author of SAKE: The History, Stories and Craft of Japan’s Artisanal Breweries. Elliot has been a judge for the Decanter Asia Wine Awards since its launch in 2012 and has judged other awards, including the International Wine Spirits Competition and the Asia Wine Spirits Competition.

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Yesterday, September 26, 2017 , Crate & Barrel with Malt Manila brought Faber to Philippine shores to showcase his sake creations in Crate&Barrel’s glassware. Some of the select items used were the Bitty Bite Tall, Callaway Shot, and Otis Highball glasses; pairing  these with the signature degustation dishes of 12/10 using Crate&Barrel’s IkeTray, Tondo Plate, Gemma Appetizer Plate and Platter and Palisades Cheeseboard.  The Steamer Bar Cabinet, a Crate&Barrel exclusive, was also  used. 

A mix of sake and pristine glassware -- definitely, a wonderful celebration of the finer things in life!

 

Crate& Barrel is located in SM Aura Premier, SM Makati and SM Megamall.

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