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Ishimoto Koshi no Kanbai Futsūshu White Label

The Futsū White Label is made of locally produced Gohyakumangoku rice milled down to 58% and has a sharp, powerful finish that its longtime fans love.
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Sake specs

Prefecture
Niigata (新潟)
Rice type
Gohyakumangoku (五百万石)
Polishing rate (semaibuai)
58%
Alcohol content
15%
SMV
+6
Koshi no Kanbai Futsū White Label (越乃寒梅 白ラベル 普通酒)

Koshi no Kanbai Futsū White Label (越乃寒梅 白ラベル 普通酒) is made of locally produced Gohyakumangoku rice milled down to 58%. Ishimoto aimed to create a sake ideal for drinking at dinner. Although a futsūshu (普通酒), the brewery employs the same techniques used to make ginjō sake: the rice is polished slowly, and the White Label is brewed at a low temperature over a long time, resulting in the most accessible and satisfying sake possible. It has a sharp, powerful finish that its longtime fans love.


Koshi no Kanbai Futsū White Label (越乃寒梅 白ラベル 普通酒) Koshi no Kanbai Futsū White Label (越乃寒梅 白ラベル 普通酒) Koshi no Kanbai Futsū White Label (越乃寒梅 白ラベル 普通酒)

2019 edition:


Koshi no Kanbai Futsū White Label (越乃寒梅 白ラベル 普通酒)

About the brewery

Brewery
Ishimoto Shuzō
Name in Japanese
石本酒造
Address
847-1 Kitayama, Konan-ku, Niigata, 950-0116
Phone
025-276-2028
Website
Ishimoto Sake Brewery was founded in 1907. While most of the sake industry switched to the so-called 'triple sake brewing method' (三倍醸造 san-bai jōzō) during the rice shortages following World War II, Ishimoto continued to produce light and dry sake with a clean, refreshing taste. As the public preferred rich and sweet sake, sales stagnated. In the 1960s, essayist Sasaki Hisako, editor-in-chief of the magazine 'Sake' (酒), published a feature on Koshino Kanbai, describing it as a 'fantastic sake'. In 1963, Sasaki's devotion to Koshino Kanbai was picked out by Shukan Asahi magazine, triggering a new sake boom. Koshino Kanbai continues to be highly popular to this day.

Ishimoto sources Yamadanishiki rice from Miki City, Hyōgo Prefecture, and asks local farmers in Niigata Prefecture to grow Gohyakumangoku rice under contract. Koshino Kanbai is a representative sake of Niigata Prefecture and one of the best-known sake brands in the country. It has the typical flavour of Niigata sake: light and dry, refreshing. The main line-up includes White Label Futsūshu, Bessen Tokubetsu Honjōzo, Mukunin Junmai Ginjō, Tokusen Ginjō, Kinmukun Junmai Daiginjō, and Chotokusen Daiginjō.

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Colour / hue
Pale Yellow
Clarity
Clear
Although the Koshi no Kanbai is regular sake (futsushu), it uses rice polished to 58%, just like ginjo sake. It has a flagrant nose with notes of resins and turpentine. Brisk, tart, dry, slightly sweet and spicy: it is very palatable and a classic with a fanbase beyond Niigata's borders.

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Category
Futsu
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Reviews
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Rating
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Location
〒950-0116 新潟県新潟市江南区北山847-1

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