London’s New Sake Experience

London’s 45 Park Lane, a contemporary Dorchester Collection property in the heart of Mayfair, is offering a new, unique sake experience at the property’s Bar 45 and its modern American steak restaurant, CUT at 45 Park Lane.

The hotel’s head sommelier, Vanessa Cinti, was recently accredited by The Sake Sommelier Association, and the new sake offering, Shini-Tai, has been developed as a result of Cinti’s certification. Shini-Tai is a Sumo term given to the underdog wrestler, who is deemed to have no chance of winning due to the superior skills of his opponent.

Bar 45 will offer a Sake Flight experience where guests will be able to sample three small-batch sakes chosen for their quality, flavour and style. The three sakes are Amabuki Marigold, brewed with yeast from marigold blossoms using the traditional Yamahai method; Kirin Vintage 2013, a vintage sake boasting rich sherry-like tastes; and MasuizumiJunmaiDaiginjo, an exclusive sake aged in barrels from Domain Ramonet, a renowned producer of Burgundy wines. New Rough CUTs by pastry chef Niamh Larkin will be available on the Bar 45 snack menu to complement the sake.

Guests will also be able to choose from a selection of exclusive sakes available by the bottle. At CUT at 45 Park Lane, the hotel’s restaurant, diners will be able to discern sake’s remarkable versatility by paring it with executive chef David McIntyre’s new Asian-infused dishes.

The Sake flights are priced from GBP30 (US$46) per person; a glass of sake is priced from GBP10 (US$15).

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