James Bond Got This Wrong

In You Only Live Twice—which takes place largely in Japan—James Bond (Sean Connery) tells Tiger Tanaka that he enjoys Sake, “Served at the correct temperature, 98.4°F.”

Though it is commonly held that Sake ought to be served warm, this is misleading. The tradition of serving the drink warm only started to mask the flavors of sub-par brews.

In particular, Sakes fortified with cheap liquor are of the sort to be served warm. Junmai or ‘pure rice’ sake is made without any distilled alcohol added, and ought to be chilled when served.

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