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Roku Japanese Craft Suntory Gin, 70cl

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In Japanese, roku means “six.” Suntory’s take on gin is called “six” after six quintessentially Japanese botanicals. Firstly, there’s green tea two ways: sencha and gyokuro. Cherry, also two ways: blossom and leaves. These six botanicals are each distilled individually. There’s another eight traditional botanicals bringing the grand total up to fourteen. These four seasons include the beautiful sakura leaf and sakura flower for spring, sencha tea and gyokuro tea for summer, sansho pepper for autumn and yuzu peel for winter. You can try serving Roku Gin in a gin and tonic with a ginger garnish, which accentuates the citrus notes.

Roku Japanese Gin 700ml - Liquorland Roku Japanese Gin 700ml - Liquorland

Roku Gin is the first of its kind, originating from Japan’s legendary Suntory – Roku Gin. This expression of gin is made using a selection of botanicals, including six Japanese botanicals that provide a whistle-stop tour of the four seasons. Sometimes, fakers of Roku Gin are overly enthusiastic and overfill the bottle. This can be a bit hard to spot because it doesn’t happen all the time.

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The first thing you should look at is the label on the Roku Gin bottle. Often, the print quality, resolution, text and colour is a bit off and looks even more so when compared side by side to the original. Flavor: Rich mouthfeel. Hints of cherry blossom early, easing into mid-palate leafy green tea with intimations of begramot and Earl Grey tea. Slight notes of peppery juniper. Bitter orange comes on late in surprising amounts, leading to impressions of vegetal wormwood. Traditional gin botanicals also featured include the likes of juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander and cinnamon, among others.

Roku Gin from Japan | Expert Gin Review and Tasting Notes Roku Gin from Japan | Expert Gin Review and Tasting Notes

Does the plastic or foil seal look uniform or neat? Fakers of Roku Gin often skip over the seal part by either using clear plastic or with crooked writing as this is something most people overlook. As a gin on its own, I found it good to be enjoyed Neat. It worked well in the Martini. You can make an Extra Dry Martini with Roku Gin and still have a Martini that seemingly has the impression of Dry Vermouth in it. Finally, I also thought it made a good Negroni. Smelling like fresh pine with a citrusy tinge, the fruity floral notes of sakura gently ebbs through Roku Gin and the whiff of Japan through the underlying green tea notes once you take a deep breath gives your palate a refreshing change.One of the most popular mixing gins, Roku Gin is bold and strikingly bitter – which makes it a rather challenging mixing gin. Although unusual in traditional applications like the Gin and Tonic, the Ramos Gin Fizz or the Gimlet, as a gin on its own, it is enjoyed by many neat and is rated as one of the best types of gin .

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In the ever popular Martini, Roku Gin works well as a mixer. In fact, it is the best gin for a Martini. The bitterness almost simulates the inclusion of Vermouth. You can go super dry with Roku and still have a Martini that hits the expected notes, making Roku Gin one of the best Martini gins .

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Roku means “six” in Japanese which refers to the six local, seasonal botanicals which complement the eight traditional gin botanicals (juniper, coriander seed, angelica root & seed, cardamom, cinnamon, bitter orange, lemon peel). This gives this type of alcohol a distinctly Japanese character. Japanese botanicals are the sakura flower (cherry blossom), sakura leaf, sencha tea, gyokuro tea, sansho pepper and yuzu peel. Fake Japanese whisky is flooding the market thanks to its high quality and strong demand for this type of whisky. To spot fake Japanese whiskey, take note and be aware of the following points: Drinking this gin gives you a sense of calmness and peace – like a walk in the Japanese botanical gardens.

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