In the world of sake, Koshi no Kanbai is a familiar label, renowned for its elegant and crisp flavour profiles. The Ishimoto Brewing Company is located on the West coast of Japan in Niigata, a region famous for its magnificent mountains from which pristine rivers flow, offering the perfect conditions for growing rich quality rice and in turn brewing delicious sake.
So what makes Koshi no Kanbai so unique? Yes, it’s a trusted label, however, a respectable history goes hand in hand with it’s earned reputation.
Brewer Shogo Ishimoto remarkably created a ginjo sake in 1946 at a time when rice and sake were under ration. Fast-forward to the economic growth that followed Japan’s post-war climate there was an emergence of sweeter, heavier sakes... contrary to the growth and popularity of this new trend, he continued to brew sakes using their traditional techniques, setting the tone for the Niigata region’s reputation of light, clean sakes that local breweries would go onto mirror.
From the 19th until the 30th of March we will be offering you the opportunity to taste a flight of three Koshi no Kanbai sakes, endeavouring to showcase their renowned delicate flavours with our kitchen crafting small bites to complement each. Enjoy sipping the sakes solo, or choose to harmonize them with the flavours of Flat Three; a subtle yet distinctive start to your meal with us, in turn being a perfect opportunity to discover what sake has to offer.
We may not be able to offer you the snowy landscapes, stunning cherry blossoms or magnificent flowing rivers of Niigata from Holland Park, but close your eyes, sip on these sakes and their distinctive flavours reminiscent of the region will spark your imagination enough to take you there.All posts