Funaguchi Kikusui Ichiban Shibori Sake Cup 200ml
The only way to get your hands on this super cute little sake used to be to go to the Kikusui brewery in Niigata, Japan. Now you can pick it up at Harvey Nichols.
Most sake is pasteurised and diluted during brewing. But Funaguchi is “nama-genshu” sake, an untamed, punchy and rich style that undergoes neither of those processes. As this kind of sake is highly sensitive to sunlight, heat and air, it’s usually only available to buy as a special treat at the brewery. But in the 1970s, the pioneering chaps at Kikusui put their “brewery-only” sake into perfectly sized cans and gave the alcohol a little boost to protect it. In its little gold cup, Funaguchi Kikusui Ichiban Shibori has been an iconic sake in Japan ever since.
Full-bodied and with a cheeky little kick at 19%, this sake matures day-by-day. Packed with sweet, ripe fruit, a touch of toasted rice and an almost brandy-like richness, it can be sipped straight from the cold can, enjoyed on the rocks, or mixed into cocktails. We particularly enjoy it in a Sake Spritz, topped up with either Prosecco or Champagne.
Established in 1881, Kikusui is a very humble brewery that has been built up slowly by five generations of the Takasawa family. The brewery itself has been destroyed twice by natural disasters, first by an earthquake and then they were washed away by a flood. But the Takasawa family refuse to let that get in the way of creating exceptional sake. You’ll find them north of Tokyo in Niigata. This prefecture is home to the Echigo School of Brewing and almost one hundred sake breweries. Sake making is so popular here because of the quality of the rice and the pristine water that comes from snowmelt.
£4 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3015051
Style No.: 741649
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