Suntory Roku Craft Gin
- Japan, 700ml
Roku gin is perfectly balanced and multi-layered and crafted by Japanese artisans. On the nose, the initial burst of yuzu is followed closely by buttery pastries and walnuts. Roku eases smoothly on to the palate delivering abundant citrus, butter, toffee, and a hint of juniper, which is joined by pepper to bring a satisfying, spicy finish. A very worthy "protagonist" of the Japanese gin movement.
- Distillery: Suntory's Atelier Distillery
- Type: Gin Region: Osaka, Japan
- Alcohol: 43%
- Volume: 700ml
- Goes with: Ice, premium tonic, fresh citrus &/or mint garnish
Roku Gin is the first gin released by Suntory. The name "Roku" is Japanese for "Six" which refers to the six Japanese botanicals used: Sakura flower, Sakura leaf, Yuzu peel, Sencha tea (green tea), Gyokuro tea (refined green tea) and Sanshō pepper. The label is printed with Japanese washi paper.
The Torii Shoten Store, the predecessor of Suntory, opened in 1899 as a result of the dream of young Shinjiro Torii, who at the age of 20 wanted to “create original Japanese Spirits the whole world can enjoy, uniquely made from Japan’s nature and her people.” Shinjiro overcame numerous hardships to make his dream a reality, creating wine, whisky and brandy, and launching Hermes Gin – the first Suntory gin – in 1936. Shinjiro and his successors continued to work hard on building a deep knowledge of distilling alcohol. The creation and perfection of ROKU are based on more than 100 years of expertise. ROKU is the result of an history of over a century of dreams.
ROKU is produced in the “Liquor Atelier”, the specialised craft distillery for Suntory spirits and liquor. The Atelier owns four distinct types of pot stills and, in a process unique to ROKU, the botanicals are distilled separately according to each feature of botanicals to extract the best flavour and maintain their individual characteristics.
For instance, the delicate scent of cherry blossom is drawn out through vacuum distillation in stainless pot stills, whereas the deep flavour of yuzu is achieved by distillation in copper pot stills. ROKU’s complex, yet harmonious flavor is the result of the unique Japanese sensitivity captured in the blending of the carefully crafted extracts of the 14 botanicals.
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