Kyoto Distillery's Ki No Bi Gin has taken home a gold medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition, now in it's 48th year. IWSC Gold awards are given to products that are a "Superior example; setting the standard." So it's a very high honor for the Kyoto Distillery team to receive one of the industry's most prestigious awards. Congratulations!
The judge offered the below tasting notes:
Aromatic pepper on the nose with a delicate sweetness, zesty citrus, and cherry blossom. To taste, an intricate blend of botanicals, starting with dry earthiness and moving onto spicy coriander. More citrus peel notes follow, then comes a blooming burst of cherry blossom that is both soft and elegantly sweet. In contrast, the finish is dry and piney, with a light glow of peppercorns.
The "blooming burst of cherry blossom" has me a bit confused since I don't think Ki No Bi actually contains cherry blossom as a botanical. But don't let that stand in your way. Ki No Bi tastes wonderful so if you have space on your shelf, buy a bottle already! 2017 is after all the year of Japanese gin.
Whiskey Richard is the founder of nomunication.jp, and has been saying he has lived in Japan for ten years for the past four years. He enjoys drinking basically anything except straight-up Campari.