"Ineffable flavours diffuse and converge at mind’s edge."


The light, clean Niigata style of sake-brewing first defined by Koshi no Kanbai in the early ‘70s has been emulated by other breweries, but none come close to its definitive expression of the classic Niigata ginjo style.

Characteristics of Koshi no Kanbai "Tokusen" Ginjo

ABV: 16%

Grade: Ginjo

Taste: Light & Dry

Storage: Keep in a cool dark and dry place

Rice Variety: Yamadanishiki

Yeast: Niigata Ginjo

Brewing Method: Sokujo

Polishing Ratio: 50%

Acidity: 1.1

SMV: +8.0

Food Pairing

Sushi, sashimi, and light vegetable dishes.

Recommended Serving Temperature


Slightly Heated


The Ishimoto Brewery is located in Niigata prefecture.

The Ishimoto Brewery

“For centuries, the town has been famous for large, fragrant plums that appear in the early summer. In one orchard there was a tree that blossomed at the cusp of spring, braving the cold and snow that still lay upon the ground. This lone blossom that stood out so vividly became the origin for the name of our sake, Koshi no Kanbai. We have always maintained a local focus, and have strived to make sake that encouraged the local farmers. We started from humble beginnings, and even during times of adversity, we went to great lengths to brew precisely the kind of sake that we enjoyed, and that those in our local community – with whom we shared values and culinary culture – also enjoyed. Economic growth and profit were not our main priorities.”