Today sees the release of not one but two new Japanese craft gins! Akayane continues their quarterly releases of the Craft Gin Heart series. This time the fall and winter editions being released simultaneously, completing the series. The Aki release uses these 6 botanicals:
- Hen of the woods
- Sweet potato
- Juniper berry
And the Fuyu release the below:
- Juniper berries
- Sakurajima Komikan
- Kinkan (kumquat)
- Passion fruit
Sounds strange saying it, but the Aki could be a mushroom-forward gin? Then there's the citrus mix you get in the Fuyu, which brings to mind the traditional Japanese image of eating mikan over New Years' holidays.
While we're at it, we may as well also mention that Akayane has a vodka coming this month called Akayane Premium Vodka. Being another white spirit, it should compliment their gins and absinthe. Personally I expect Japanese vodka to become a bit of a thing during 2019.
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.