In my gin review today, I’ll take you to Japan. Because today we will make Roku Gin review. It comes from the well-known Japanese company Suntory, which was better known for whiskey, but that change with Roku Gin. Suntory is the “Liquor Atelier” in Osaka. Its roots go back to 1899, when Shinjiro Torii began to create original Japanese spirits. Among other things, it produced wine, whiskey and brandy. In 1936 he finally brought the Hermes Gin onto the market. The first Suntory Gin was born with this.

Roku Gin Review

There we take an aromatic journey through the four seasons. Because Suntory have chosenchose 6 kinds of Japanese ingredients that were brought up by the rich four seasons of Japan land. During production, several types of distillation stills are used. Each botanical requires a special treatment depending on its characteristic. In order to extract the best taste from the botanicals, they are each distilled separately. As in previous reviews, we will look at: bottle design, smell & taste of beverage, and of course we will tell about how to serve roku gin.

14 Kinds of Botanicals

There are 14 types of botanicals used by Roku. Of the 14 species, the most distinctive are the 6 from Japan. These 6 types are cherry blossoms and leaves, sencha and gyokuro, japanese pepper, and yuzu. Plants grown in the four seasons of Japan are selected for each. By adding eight kinds of Western-style botanicals such as cinnamon and lemon zest to these, it is possible to retain the taste of gin while giving a smooth Japanese flavor.

Yuzu

This unique citrus fruit can only be harvested in winter. It has a very intense aroma of mandarin and lime. The fruits are traditionally distilled in copper stills.

Sakura Blossom

The cherry blossoms have a very subtle and floral aroma. They are harvested in spring during the flowering period. Everyone knows the soft pink blossoming trees in Japan, right? By the way, the cherry blossoms are processed by vacuum distillation in stainless steel cauldrons.

Sakura Leaf

The leaves of the cherry trees are also harvested in spring. They give the gin a light green and very elegant aroma.

Sencha Tea

This special type of tea has a very refreshing, slightly bitter aroma. The tea is traditionally picked by hand in the summer.

Gyokuro Tea

The type of tea has a gentle and rather sweet aroma of green tea. Gyokuro provides that certain “umami” in Roku Gin and is also best harvested in summer.

Sansho Pepper

The pepper ensures a subtle spiciness and also has a refreshing lemongrass aroma. By the way, harvest time is in autumn.

To these six Japanese ingredients, eight other classic and traditional gin spices are added. A list of them can be seen in the table below.

Roku Gin Bottle Design

The hexagonal glass bottle of Roku Gin is heavy. It has an impressive view. Japanese plants are embossed on it for The hexagonal glass bottle of Roku Gin is really heavy and massive. The bottle has an impressive view, there are Japanese plants on it for decoration. Also, there is a Japanese Kanji symbol (it means the number six) on the label. The label is made of traditional washi paper and decorated with gold.

The label on the back provides information about the six Japanese botanicals and their production in Japan. In addition, both labels show the capacity of the bottle and the alcohol content of 43% ABV specified. The gin is actually available with two different alcohol by volume. The Roku Gin available in Japan has 47% ABV, for instance.

The bottle is closed with a simple black plastic screw cap. Here some people maybe would expect a little more from a premium gin. However, I’m of course curious, open the bottle and pour myself a sip into my glass. Okay, let’s finally taste this gin.

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Tasting and Review Taste Impression

For a long time we did not dare to do Roku Gin review. This is no ordinary gin. Roku comes from the Land of the Rising Sun. And this already makes it unusual. After all, gin is a primordially Western drink. But this did not stop its creator, who had a passion for Western alcoholic beverages.

Aroma

There is strong citrus and juniper aroma. You can feel the freshly cut trees, green tea, and Japanese pepper in it. Yes, The Japanese yuzu fruit with its scent of mandarin and lime is definitely in the foreground here. The surprisingly spicy bouquet is also accentuated by floral hints of the cherry blossoms. There are also a hint of sansho pepper and cinnamon. The earthy aromas of the angelica root round off the composition. Filigree spicy notes of coriander and cardamom follow. The aroma is definitely mesmerizing.

Roku Gin - Brief Information:

Country of Origin
Alcohol by volume
43%