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Friday, March 8, 2013

JAL renews sake offerings on international flights

JAL new sake lineup for international First Class
JAL new sake lineup for international First Class. Image from Japan Airlines


Japan Airlines (JAL) announced today that they will be renewing their sake offerings on its international First and Business Classes from March 11 2013. New range of premium sake from all over Japan has been carefully selected, including one from the Fukushima Prefecture. This includes some of the rare, difficult-to-obtain sakes and some JAL original sakes. The lineup will be changed every three months to match the seasons.

First Class
March 11 - May 31 2013
Hakurakusei Junmai-Daiginjo (Sakura) from Miyagi Prefecture
Dassai Migaki Niwarisanbu Junmai-Daiginjo from Yamaguchi Prefecture


June 1 - August 31 2013
JAL Original ISOJIMAN Junmai-Daiginjo Nakadori Emerald from Shizuoka Prefecture
Hiroki Jumai-Daiginjo from Fukushima Prefecture


September 1 - November 30 2013
Juyondai from Yamagata Prefecture

From JAL website:
This brand name originates from the brewery's current 14th generation president. Credited with successfully redirecting the trend in Japanese sake away from light, dry tastes to mellow, well-rounded tastes, this brewery is extremely popular, which is quite an achievement considering its location in Yamagata Prefecture, home to scores of brand-name breweries. Brewed from Yamada Nishiki rice grown in the Toku-A district's Tojo town, this superb sake is available only onboard JAL flights. Its gentle, mellow taste warms the hearts of true sake lovers.

KUHEIJI  [Kanochi] from Aichi Prefecture


December 1 2013 - February 28 2014
JAL Original Sekai no Tsubasa by Bijofu from Kochi Prefecture

From JAL website:
"Bijofu" can be translated as "worthy man of beauty" or "handsome man of great physical and mental strength." This sake is carefully produced by hand from Yamada Nishiki rice of the very highest grade. Gliding onto the palate with easy smoothness, the refreshing citrus-like crispness of this Junmai-Daiginjo sake blooms briefly in a delicate and perfectly balanced sweetness. Produced by the brewer especially for JAL, the "Sekai-no-hane" (wings of the world) name represents its wishes for the reborn JAL as it takes flight anew.

JAL Original ISOJIMAN Junmai-Daiginjo Nakadori Emerald from Shizuoka Prefecture


Business Class


JAL new sake lineup for international Business Class
JAL new sake lineup for international Business Class. Image from Japan Airlines


March 11 - May 31 2013
Toyo-Bijin Junmai-Daiginjo from Yamaguchi Prefecture
Junmai-Daiginjo by Raifuku from Ibaraki Prefecture


June 1 - August 31 2013
Jyoukigen Junmai-Daiginjo from Yamagata Prefecture
Shiragiku Junmai-Daiginjo from Kochi Prefecture

September 1 - November 30 2013
Mikotsuru Junmai-Daiginjo from Nagano Prefecture

From JAL website:
In 2003, this Sake brewery was founded by a then would-be professional snowboarder who became enthralled with Japanese Sake. The brewery is located in the Shinshu region on the shores of Lake Suwa, whose name denotes "cranes hovering over the lake." With its taste concept of "transparent acidity," the acidity is given priority so that the Sake can naturally harmonize with the cuisine, not asserting itself. This 21st century brewery is drawing the world's attention - it was selected as the official Japanese Sake at the 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa.

Dassai "50" Junmai-Daiginjo from Yamaguchi Prefecture


December 1 2013 - February 28 2014
Hakurakusei Junmai-Daiginjo from Miyagi Prefecture
Dewatsuru Junmai-Daiginjo from Akita Prefecture


Not sure if all of them are new offerings. But some of them are currently or had been offered on international flights before. For more details, you can refer to JAL Press Release (Japanese)

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