Kagoshima-based Hamada Syuzo is the latest shochu distiller to enter the Japanese craft gin scene. On May 14 they'll be releasing a new gin dubbed "Japanese Craft Gin Juju," containing 7 botanicals. But they've only named 5 of them:
- Juniper berry
- Orange peel
Hamada Syuzo is suggesting a 1:2 or 1:4 ratio of gin and soda water, not tonic, when you make a drink with this. Like many Japanese craft gins, it starts out as a rice shochu, fermented with black koji. 38% abv, 700ml, and retails for 1940 yen before tax. Look for it on May 14!
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.