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Istvan Zoltan Zardai 講師のコラム

My Favorite Alcoholic Beverages!

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2021年6月10日

My favourite alcoholic beverages are wine and whiskey.
I come from Hungary, which produces great wine and excellent fruity brandys.
 
The best Hungarian wines are typically red, dry, and heavier, full bodied.
The most common grapes are cabernet sauvignon, zweigelt and cabernet frank.
These usually have rich tastes, complement filling Hungarian meat-dishes - like Gulyas or wild-boar roast - splendidly.
 
The most famous Hungarian wine is a dessert wine, the Tokaji Aszu.
This is a sweet, honey-like, smooth yet aromatic wine.
You can find it in some nicer Japanese alcohol shops.
It goes wonderfully with cakes.
In Hungary, we often have it at the end of celebrations.
 
Other Hungarian white wines come in dry and sweet varieties.
I'm not a big fan, although recently some nice ones have emerged, for example the wines of the Nyakas vineyard.
Hungarian white wines make for fantastic spritzers with soda and are very refreshing during the hot and dry summer.
 
If you visit Hungary and enjoy nice drinks, do give wines a try.
There are many affordable and good quality wine-tours, wine tastings, champagne tasting events, and festivals where you can taste them.
 
The Hungarian brandy is called 'palinka'.
It is often made locally, and there are thousands of varieties.
At its best, its an almost pure fruit essence.
It is normally between 40-45% strong, but it can go up to 60% in some regions.
If you enjoy complex, fruity alcohols you might like it.
Just make sure you don't drink it too quickly :)
 
Hungary doesn't produce any whiskey, but shops and bars sell a wide variety of Scottish, Irish, and Canadian ones.
I've only really started exploring the world of whiskeys after moving to the UK.
I have a Chinese brain-scientist friend who is an avid whiskey collector.
Sometimes while we discussed recent exciting research ideas about the brain, consciousness, imagination and perception, we tasted samples from his impressive collection.
Those are some prescious memories.
 
Since I live in Japan I had the good fortune of trying out some outstanding local whiskeys.
Japan has truly mastered whiskey making.
 
The picture at the top is of a Hungarian traditional vineyard.
 
Cheers!
 

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