This weekend sees the release of Japanese Craft Gin MIZUHO from Okinawa's Mizuho Shuzo. Mizuho Shuzo is Okinawa's second-oldest awamori maker, distilling since all the way back in 1848. That's the same year the California Gold Rush started in America! So they've been at it a very, very long time.
As they celebrate their 170th anniversary, there's actually two new gins coming from the company: Fresh MIZUHO and Tropical MIZUHO. Although they didn't give the botanicals for either, they recommend the Fresh in G&T, and the Tropical on the rocks or in a Martini. There's 10 tropical island-y botanicals in each, but the only one they mention by name is peels from Peach Pineapples from Iriomote Island. Both gins are awamori-based.
Only 250 bottles of each will be available, 48% abv, and either one will set you back a cool 8000 yen. That earns them the title of Most Expensive Japanese Craft Gin. So hopefully they turn out better than Okinawa's other craft "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.