Tag: gin

Black Chai Gin from Brown Sugar 1st.

Black Chai Gin from Brown Sugar 1st.

Japan-based organic food brand Brown Sugar 1st has teamed up with Royal Warrant-holder London & Scottish International to bring along a gin called “Black Chai Gin.” So no, it’s not actually a Japanese craft gin, given it’s not distilled in Japan. Instead it’s being distilled […]

Japanese Craft Gin Tsukusu from Nishi Shuzo

Japanese Craft Gin Tsukusu from Nishi Shuzo

Another Kagoshima-based shochu maker is joining the Japanese craft gin movement. This time around it’s called “Japanese Craft Gin Tsukusu” and comes out of Nishi Shuzo, a fairly well-known maker with a history going back to 1845. As we discussed a few weeks back, Kagoshima […]

Komasa Gin Hojicha

Komasa Gin Hojicha

Kagoshima-based Komasa Jyozo has officially released the next expression of their gin from the Hioki Distillery. Dubbed Komasa Gin Hojicha, this one drops the citrus of the original, and instead focuses on hojicha as the main botanical. For those not familiar, hojicha is essentially roasted […]

Japanese gin exports grew 600% in 2018

Japanese gin exports grew 600% in 2018

2018 was a huge year for Japanese gin! We saw a new gin come out probably every month, several new gin distilleries come online, and not one but two new gin festivals right here in Tokyo. Now there are some numbers we can cite to […]

Ki No Bi Edition G: ex-Henri Giraud Champagne Barrels

Ki No Bi Edition G: ex-Henri Giraud Champagne Barrels

Another stealth release out of the Kyoto Distillery: Ki No Bi Edition G, aged in ex-Henri Giraud Champagne Barrels. Seems that the idea came out of a recent visit by Claude Giraud, 12th generation winemaker at the Champagne house of Henri Giraud, to the Kyoto […]

Review: Wapirits Tumugi

Review: Wapirits Tumugi

Wapirits Tumugi claims to be Japan’s first spirit for cocktails. “The UK has gin, Russia has vodka, Cuba has rum, Mexico has tequila. And Nippon has Wapirits,” reads the potentially incendiary marketing copy. “But Whiskey Richard, you cover Japanese gin all the time,” you respond. […]

Yomeishu’s craft gin is called Kanomori

Yomeishu’s craft gin is called Kanomori

Medicinal liqueur maker Yomeishu is getting into craft spirits with the upcoming release of two craft gins and a gin-based liqueur. All three of them lean on Kuromoji, or Lindera umbellata, as a botanical. Their chief product of the same name, Yomeishu, is probably Japan’s […]

Japan’s first non-alcoholic gin: NEMA

Japan’s first non-alcoholic gin: NEMA

Japan now has its first non-alcoholic gin, and it’s named NEMA. NEMA gets its name from Yokohama’s Bar Nemanja, which is itself named after Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulović. Seedlip set off the non-alcoholic distilled spirit trend. Worldwide more and more younger folks are turning away from […]

New Japanese craft gins: Kitasuisho, 9148 Apple, Hioki

New Japanese craft gins: Kitasuisho, 9148 Apple, Hioki

It’s getting tough to keep up with new releases of Japanese craft gins! This time around we have a total of five gins being released by three different distilleries, from Japan’s far north and the far south. Let’s take a look at each. Hokkaido Craft […]

Review: Kyoto Dry Gin Ki No Bi Edition K

Review: Kyoto Dry Gin Ki No Bi Edition K

The Kyoto Distillery surprised us this past weekend with the sudden release of Ki No Bi “Edition K.” Currently only available at Amazon JP, Edition K brings Ki No Bi into the cask-aged gin realm once again. I say once again since we’ve already seen […]