April 15, 2024

New Japanese sake and shochu selection onboard ANA

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will introduce a new selection of Japanese sake and shochu for service onboard and at ANA lounges from March 1, 2024.

Under the guidance of Yasuyuki Kitahara, ANA’s sake advisor and the Assistant Food & Beverage Manager of Conrad Tokyo, a total of 62 brands were selected.

A few of the many new sake brands to make their way onboard will include Denshu Junmai Daiginjo Hyakuyonju, Kokuryu Daiginjo Ryu, Jikon Junmai Daiginjo Nabari and Alain Ducasse Sparkling Sake.

The shochu collection includes brands like Murao, Sandanjikomi, Kawagoe, Tokujyo Taimei and Sannen Netazo.

First and Business class passengers on ANA international flights, Premium class passengers on domestic flights and visitors at the ANA Suite Lounge and ANA Lounge for both international and domestic flights will have access to the new selection.

“Delivering on our commitment to continuously elevate the ANA experience, we’re thrilled to introduce our newest lineup of Japanese sake and shochu,” said Tomoji Ishii, Executive Vice President – Customer Experience Management and Planning of ANA.

“With each sip, passengers will embark on a flavourful journey through Japan’s rich culinary tapestry, ensuring an unforgettable inflight experience.”

In addition, for a limited time in August 2024, passengers flying in first class on international flights will have the exclusive opportunity to experience IWA 5 Assemblage 5 before its public release in September.

IWA is a sake brand from the Toyama prefecture created by Richard Geoffroy, former Chef de Cave at Dom Pérignon, that utilises the innovative ‘Assemblage’ blending technique. Since the launch of IWA 5 Assemblage 1 in 2020, a new Assemblage has been produced every year, with IWA 5 Assemblage 5 becoming available in September 2024.

Passengers will also have the chance to sample recommended shochu ahead of onboard and lounge service. These tastings will be offered at the ANA Suite Lounge and ANA Lounge for international flights at Tokyo Haneda and Narita airports from February 16 to February 29, 2024.