Bar Benfiddich Tokyo: A Farmer’s Oasis of Handcrafted Cocktails and Terroir-Driven Magic
In the heart of Tokyo, where urban bustle meets the artistry of nature, you'll discover the enigmatic Bar Benfiddich, a testament to the extraordinary vision of Hiroyasu Kayama. By day, Kayama is a modern-day farmer, tending to his sprawling city-based farmland, an expanse as vast as a football pitch in the vibrant city of Chichibu. Here, he lovingly cultivates an array of treasures – plum trees, hop bines, watermelons, and the botanicals destined for his farm-distilled absinthe. But Kayama's creativity knows no bounds; his experiments abound, from submerging bottles in swampy sanctuaries for aging to distilling the very essence of his farm's terroir in a humble coffee siphon.
As the sun sets over Chichibu, and after a 90-kilometer drive to Tokyo, the doors of Bar Benfiddich open. This intimate 17-seater establishment becomes a sanctuary for those seeking a truly unique drinking experience. Kayama transforms his precious produce into liquid masterpieces, often reimagining classics and presenting them in pottery crafted by his own hands in a rudimentary homemade kiln. His bar tools are as unconventional as his approach – a twig snapped from a tree that morning serves as a bar spoon, while ice balls conceal treasures of homegrown hops. In the true spirit of Japanese hospitality, there's no menu at Bar Benfiddich. Instead, you embark on a flavor journey, and Kayama crafts a cocktail that's uniquely yours, a creation no other bartender could replicate.
Bar Benfiddich is more than a bar; it's a captivating blend of agricultural passion, culinary ingenuity, and immersive craftsmanship. Here, you'll savor cocktails that tell the story of Kayama's dedication to his craft and his deep connection to the land. It's an oasis of authenticity in the heart of Tokyo, where each sip is a testament to the art of nature and the alchemy of a farmer-turned-maestro. Come, experience Bar Benfiddich, and embark on a journey of flavors that will forever linger in your memory.
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