Excerpt: Subtle, nuanced and light, the first sips open with citrusy yuzu peel and a mild floral note reminiscent of sakura flower, which lingers effortlessly into the finish. Tea botanicals sencha and gyokuro add a grounding, earthy element wrapping up with a flicker of ginger heat.
Excerpt: Roku Gin has some interesting things going on, but ultimately, the palate just lacks balance, especially in the mids and on the finish. The intense bitter perspective obliterates the rest of the botanicals.
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This is a gin distilled by Suntory in Japan. Here in the US following closely on the coat tails of the Japanese whiskey explosion, I'm very curious to see how this gin differs from the usual suspects when it comes to gin. Let's dive in.
Custard, vanilla, pepper, lemon. Sweet, with some citrus.
Thin, but no heat. Sweet cream, juniper, light sage, some pepper.
Short, not super long. A bit of heat surprisingly. Fainy toffee, some cracked pepper, light juniper.
Not really that impressive, due to almost all of its characteristics being so muted. The bottle is pretty, though.
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