Tonight I finally tried the Hitachino Nest White Ale which I picked up in a bottle haul a couple of weeks ago. I love to buy an array of different beers to try in one off bottles and then I can pick particularly special ones to buy more of for parties or having at home. I will definitely be grabbing this white ale again.
The label says 'a white always brewed with coriander, orange peel and nutmeg' and I think the nutmeg is the strongest of those flavours. It reminds me of the nutmeg you might get on top of a quiche or a custard tart - it's an enhanced level of creaminess with just a little warmth. I can totally imagine drinking it with one of those things but of course as it's a Japanese beer the thing that really comes to mind is some delicate, melt in the mouth sashimi.
I've wanted to write about Kazuo Ishiguro for a while as he just embodies the mastery of storytelling that requires very little to actually happen for his works to be compelling and graceful, pulling you into his world as if you were slipping into a cool lake.
I'm particularly recommending An Artist of the Floating World because I think it is the ultimate example of this. An artist recounts his life and reflects on his successes and shortcomings. Sip this white ale, read the book and enjoy doing the same yourself.
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