Roku Gin 70cl
A smooth silky gin, which is influenced by its heritage through six unique Japanese botanicals
In Japanese, Roku translates as the number six.
Made in Japan by the Suntory Distillery, the name comes from the unique botanicals utilised in the creation of Roku Gin. Along with some more traditional botanicals (juniper berries, coriander, angelica root, angelica seed, cardamom, cinnamon, bitter orange peel and lemon peel), there can be found six very special botanicals that are carefully sourced in Japan.
They utilise the seasonal abundance found in Japan to gather the specific Japanese botanicals. During the spring, Sakura flower and leaf are selected. In the summer, Sencha and Gykuro teas. Autumn brings Sansho pepper, and finishing the seasons, and botanicals are yuzu (a type of citrus) peel harvested in the winter.
Suntory's mastery of the selection and distillation process has been gained through decades of making gin. They developed their own multiple distillation process due to the unique features that each botanical brings to Roku Gin's perfectly balanced mix. It is through this dedication that their mastery can clearly be tasted in their gin.
The aroma itself gives hints of its Japanese heritage, with Cherry blossom and green tea providing both a floral and sweet aroma.
The taste is quite complex but with a harmonious balance of flavour provided by the varied botanicals. The background notes are of a traditional gin, with mid notes hinting at the japanese influences, whilst there is a definite citrus top note from the yuzu. It ends with a crisp sansho pepper spiciness, which is defined, but not overpowering.
Overall it has a smooth and silky texture.
To really enjoy Roku Gin in a manner akin to Japanese traditions, Roku has created a gin tonic in tune with the spirit of Omotenashi (roughly translated as "entertaining guests wholeheartedly"). They suggest a ginger garnish to compliment the yuzu and sakura botanicals found in the gin.
Slice ginger into six equal long, thin slices. Fill a tall glass to the rim with ice, and add the ginger slices. Add 50ml of the gin, and then top up the glass with a neutral tonic (we recommend Three Cents Tonic Water). Add a stirrer and gently stir to balance all elements of th gin tonic.