Japan, Gin, 47% ABV
Back in 2018, the new Sakurao Distillery opened in Hiroshima. While they wait until they can produce a whisky, they've made a rather fabulous gin! The limited-edition expression is made with 17 botanicals from the land and sea surrounding Hiroshima including Japanese juniper berries, oyster shells, wasabi and Hinoki. It makes for a pretty unique tipple.
Nose: Vibrant lemon and orange peels, balanced by a coastal waft and dry juniper earthiness.
Palate: Juniper moves to the fore on the palate, though the savoury elements remain integral. A kick of white pepper spiciness appears later on.
Finish: A clean, cooling finish of mint and juniper.
Silver Ultra Premium - 2019 - The Gin Masters (The Spirits Business)
Silver The Spirits Artwork and Bottle Design Awards - 2018 - IWSC Design & Media Awards
Bronze Gin - 2019 - San Francisco World Spirits Competition