Umeshu Plum Wine KitKat Released at CRAFT SAKE WEEK@KITKAT BAR

18.September.2018 | FOOD

KitKat Umeshu is a new product produced by Hidetoshi Nakata specifically aimed at foreign tourists coming to Japan. It was first made available at CRAFT SAKE WEEK@KITKAT BAR, a Japanese sake bar for those coming from overseas, on September 13. The bar will run until September 24 at CITAN, a hostel, cafe and bar in Higashi-Nihombashi. The KitKat was also released for general sale on the Japanese market on September 18.

Hidetoshi Nakata toured over 350 sake brewers and with his expertise launched the first Craft Sake Week in 2016, a huge coming together of sake artisans in Japan. The KITKAT BAR is part of that experience which has opened for inbound foreigners to try Japanese sake.

The bar offers a special and exclusive menu featuring a careful selection of premium Japanese alcohol by Nakata as well as an original menu developed by chefs of well-known restaurants. They also offer a range of cocktails including  one that’s made with umeshu tsuruume suppai, an ingredient used in the new plum wine KitKat.

The bar counter is crowned with a chandelier made from masu boxes which were created for measuring rice. This offers a new and unique way of experiencing the charm of Japanese culture. Since the bar has opened it’s been packed with foreigner customers.

A female Asian customer who tasted the plum wine KitKat paired with the bar’s original ‘Kishuu Tonic’ cocktail expressed her surprise at how well they went together: “The sweetness of the KitKat and freshness of the cocktail matched exquisitely together. Despite the cocktail using sake as the base it was really easy to drink and delicious. Sake and chocolate go well together, don’t they.

 

A male American customer compared the taste of the KitKat with the Umeshu Tsuruume Suppai wine used in the KitKat: “The combination of the sour plum wine with the sweet chocolate was delicious beyond my expectations. There’s a lot of flavours in Japan we can’t get overseas, so I want to buy things and take them back as souvenirs.”

Speaking about Craft Sake Week, producer of the bar Hidetoshi Nakata commented the following: “I want lots of people to get to know about the enjoyment and appeal of Japanese sake and plum wine through this event and KitKat Umeshu Umetsuri to further expand the reach of them overseas.

 

Experience the KitKat and Japanese sake for yourself at CRAFT SAKE WEEK @ KITKAT BAR.

 

■Information

CRAFT SAKE WEEK @ KITKAT BAR

Location: CITAN (15-2 Nihonbashiodenmacho, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)

Running: September 13, 2018 – September 24, 2018

 

Opening Hours

[Monday-Thursday, Sunday] 6:00pm-12:00am (Last Orders 11:30pm)

[Friday-Saturday] 6:00pm-1:00am (Last Orders 12:30am)

Website: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/tsuruume/

 

KitKat Mini Umeshu Tsuriume

Location: Souvenir shops, KitKat Gift Shop (at Rinku Premium Outlet), KitKat Chocolatory (select branches)

RRP Price: ¥700 (Pre-Tax)

On Sale: From September 18, 2018

Quantity: 9 bars

 

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    In order to let many people know about nishonshu, they printed a short article on the package so that so that the purchasers of this product can learn about nihonshu briefly.

     

    ▼Hidetoshi Nakata’s comment

    I recommended “Masuda Shuzo” (Masuda brewery) which has been working to diffuse the nihonshu industry. This sake brewery is one of my favorite and they create high-quality sake.

     

    You can enjoy the unique aroma and flavor of “Masuizumi” right after you put the sake in your mouth. I am sure that people from foreign countries who love chocolate can enjoy this product, not just Japanese people.

     

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    ■Information

    KitKat Mini Nihonsyu Masuizumi

    Price: 700 yen

    Available stores: souvenir stores throughout Japan

    Release date: mid September

     

    Source:Nestle Press Release

    http://www.nestle.co.jp/media/pressreleases/allpressreleases/20170911_kitkat

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     “Kit Kat Chocolatory” is a specialized store of “Premium Kit Kat” made with special ingredients using a manufacturing process directed by one of Japan’s top patissiers, Yasumasa Takagi. The product has been gaining popularity among many people as a small gift for family members, friends and colleagues.

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    This time, they opened “Kit Kat Chocolatory Yatai” for persons who go home late because they are very busy working or participating in year-end dinner parties in December! To support busy people giving special gifts to their family or partners, the premium chocolate yatai will be opened until the last train time.

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    The yatai is a road-side store which has a red lantern as a signboard and anybody can visit a yatai in a casual manner. Also, they will sell a packaged product called “Sushiorifu Kit Kat” which looks like “sushiori” (a gift box filled with sushi). They will sell products such as a product using special couverture chocolate and chocolates with several flavors including “bitter,” “milk” and “white.” The message sticker placed on top of the box has three designs.

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    ■Information

    Kit Kat Chocolatory Yatai

    Venue: Ginza “Corridor Town” 6th avenue, Ginza, Chuoku, Tokyo

    Date: 2017,12,11 (Mon.) to 17 (Sun.)

    Kit Kat official site: https://nestle.jp/brand/kit/

     

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    ■Information

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         Students  – ¥1,200

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         Seniors (65+) – ¥1,500

     

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    ■Information

    Kuranoya Karasumori

    Address: Murakami Bldg. 1F, Shimashi, Minato, Tokyo
    Opening Hours: 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:30) All Week / 17:00-23:30 (Last Orders 23:00) the day before a national holiday.
    Closed: New Year’s Holiday

    TEL: 03-6721-5105
    Webpage: https://tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130103/13150045/

     

    Premium All-You-Can-Drink Sake
    Price: 2 Hours – ¥2,500 (Pre-Tax) / Unlimited Time – ¥3,000 (Pre-Tax)
    Days: Monday to Thursday, Saturday (*Within the café’s business hours only)

    *Limited places.

     

    Sea Urchin

    Special Opening Price: ¥29 (Pre-Tax)
    Available: May 21, 2018―May 31, 2018
    *Reservations required.
    *Normal price of ¥599 (Pre-Tax) to begin at the end of the campaign.

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    For lunch, enjoy a farmer’s meal for ¥1,000. It comes with side dishes stacked with plenty of homegrown vegetables and more.

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    Enjoy a great meal and some sake in a quaint residence of the past!

     

    ■Information

     

    Nanoan – Sake Bar

    Address: 2-23 Chausuyamachō, Tennōji-ku, Osaka

    Opening Hours: Daytime 11:30-15:00 (Last Orders 14:00) / Evening 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 06-6770-5757

    Website: http://www.nanoan.com/

     

    Nanakura – Sake & Sansai

    Address: 4-26 Chausuyamacho, Tennōji-ku, Osaka

    Opening Hours: Evening 17:00-00:00 (Open from 15:00 on Sundays & Holidays)

    No Fixed Holidays.

    TEL: 06-6777-4373

    Website: http://www.nana-kura.com/

     

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