Let’s cerebrate the arrival of spring with Koshi no Kanbai! From ancient times people in Japan have enjoyed drinking sake beneath flowering trees. Sakura, or cherry blossoms, are justly famous but it is actually the plum trees in bloom that tell us that spring is here.
Koshi no Kanbai means “winter plum of Niigata,” evoking the freshness and delicacy of springtime. We encourage you to try a glass of this elegant, smooth sake known and admired all over Japan.
Koshi no Kanbai is not readily available in the U.K., and it’s a rare treat to be able sample three at this time of the year. Some of the restaurants participating in Kanbai Week are offering sake flights so you can try three different labels all at once.
|Dates||Monday, 17 February–Saturday, 29 February, 2020|
About Koshi no Kanbai
Koshi no Kanbai is Japan’s most famous and sought-after sake. Its “winter plum” label is familiar to enthusiasts everywhere, conjuring up the image of a sake so perfect that every single molecule seems immaculately in place.
Even as a young man in 1930s, Shogo Ishimoto’s knack for making exceptional sakes was apparent. Totally focussed on his vision of sake excellence, he had produced a ginjo sake in 1946, an incredible feat at a time when both rice and sake were strictly rationed. In the years that followed he continually tested and refined his vision. Drier and cleaner than the sweet, heavy sakes of the day, Koshi no Kanbai eventually set the model for other breweries in the region, leading directly to the development of the Niigata style.