Kyoto Distillery unveils Japan’s first gin

17th August, 2016 by Lauren Eads

Japan’s first gin distillery has been granted a production licence, with the company confirming that its innagural release will be a rice-based gin called Ki No Bi.

The distillery has had two copper stills; a 140-litre still with an integrated botanical basket in the helmet and a 450-litre still with a swan neck, side-mounted botanical basket.

The Kyoto Distillery’s first release, Ki No Bi (“The Beauty of the Seasons”) will be distilled, blended and bottled in Kyoto and made in a recognisable dry style but with a “Japanese accent”.

Using a rice spirit base, the team spent six months to source and select the best botanicals from across the country with the help of Japanese spirits industry “legend” Masami Onishi.

Botanicals include yellow yuzu from….

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