A Rundown Of Some Of The Best Japanese Gins
And now the country is making inroads into the worldwide craft gin scene. Entrepreneurial distillers are beginning to emerge with premium gins featuring quintessentially Japanese botanicals.
Here are some of the best:
KI NO BI Kyoto Dry Gin
KI NO BI is Japan’s trendiest artisan gin from the country’s first craft gin distillery. It uses a rice spirit base and locally sourced botanicals including yuzu (Japanese citrus), red perilla, and gyokuro (premium green tea). The gin is made with peerless water sourced from the famous sake–brewing district, Fushimi.
Roku Gin – Suntory
Nothing says “Japan” like cherry blossoms. This gin is uber-Japanese, with botanicals that include, cherry blossom, cherry leaves, and green tea.
Craft Gin Okayama – Miyashita Sake Brewery
This is a rural sake brewery’s foray into gin distilling. Its botanicals include Japanese peach, but what really makes this oak-barrel-aged gin unique is its smoky fragrance and golden color.
Nikka Coffey Gin – Asahi Breweries
Nikka Coffey Gin is beverage giant Asahi’s contribution to the world of gin. It uses a base of corn and malt distillate and is flavored with 11 botanicals including yuzu and sansho pepper.
Good Meals Shop
Part bar, part cafe, part bottle shop, this chic Shibuya hangout specializes in craft beer and craft gin. 400 kinds of craft gin are available.
Not content with just a taste? You can pick up a bottle of Japanese gin at one of Tokyo’s major department stores or try Global Gin Gallery , a purveyor of domestic and worldwide gins in Kanda, near Tokyo Station.