Kagoshima-based shochu maker Komasa Jyozo has a new gin coming soon called "Komasa Gin Sakurajima Komikan," using komikans from the (very) active volano island of Sakurajima.
A "komikan" is a smaller variety of mikan, also known as a satsuma. As a category it's tough to distinguish mikans from mandarins, but komikans should be obvious as they're smaller.
We've seen plenty of citrus-forward craft gins come out here in Japan. Having an orange/citrus sweetness as a primary botanical is quite new though. Komasa Jyozo is recommending you pair this with soda water or orange juice, rather than a tonic.
It launches on July 18, 45% abv, 500ml. 3000 yen without a box, or 3200 yen with one. There's no official posting on Komasa Jyozo's site yet, but they did post a teaser image on their Instagram a few days back.
Komasa Jyozo Recent Updates
Dating back to 1883, Komasa Jyozo recently launched their new whisky made at the Kanosuke Distillery. But from what I gather, this Komasa Gin won't be made there, perhaps because they have only 3 pot stills at that facility. Instead, Komasa Jyozo has obtained a spirits distillation license for their nearby Hioki Distillery, which I just added to the Japan Distillery Map yesterday. I guess we now know why!
Speaking of Japanese craft gin, don't forget that this coming weekend is GinFest Tokyo.
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.