The summer release of Akayane's craft gin HEART is upon us, named Natsu of course. This is a seasonal release out of the Kagoshima distillery that uses potato shochu as a base, which is then given botanicals of juniper berry, ooba (perilla), plum, cucumber, kombu, and green tea. It's finished in a French Oak cask, the same one used by the company for their plum spirits. Look for this release from Musashiya for 4050 yen, 720ml, 47% abv.
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.