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Suntory Roku Gin Review – Excellence From Japan

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Roku and Merchant Heart Tonic

Suntory Roku Gin is the premier of gins, carefully crafted, refined and a delicate balance, this gin is a must have for any gin shelf.

ABV: 43%
Price: £25.00
Recommended Garnish: Six freshly cut, thin slices of ginger
Notable Botanicals: Juniper, Sakura Flower, Coriander, Angelica Root, Sakura Leaf, Lemon Peel, Cinnamon
Website: suntory.co.jp
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Roku – Japanese Craft Gin

This is the first gin created at Japan’s infamous Suntory Yamazaki distillery, where they typically make single malt whisky. However, with their Roku gin they have come storming in to the Gin market in a big way.

The word “Roku” is Japanese for six and this is where the 6 botanicals in this gin come in to play. The six unique botanicals which separate this gin from others are Sakura flower, Sakura leaf, Sencha tea, Gyokuro tea, Sanshō pepper, Yuzu peel which sit alongside traditional botanicals such as juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander and cinnamon. Each of their six botanicals represents a specific season, taking you on a whistle-stop tour of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

The gin comes in a truly gorgeous bottle with the label printed on Japanese washi paper. Roku Gin was released in Japan in July 2017 and has been a strong player in the Gin market since its launch.

Roku Gin Tasting Notes

Nose:
Sweet, blossom, floral, pepper, fresh pine
Palate:
Delicate, fresh juniper, green tea, bold, peppery
Finish:
Smooth, citrus, floral, clean

Roku and Merchant Heart Tonic
Roku and Merchant Heart Tonic

Serving Recommendation

Due to its complexity and nature of unique botanicals, Roku gin is a beautiful gin served neat. It’s also the perfect candidate for a Dry Martini. We have also recommended the simple yet beautiful serve below which is quick, easy to make and compliments the botanicals in the gin.

  • 50ml Roku
  • 150-200ml Merchant’s Heart Hibiscus Tonic Water
  • Garnish with lemon zest, sliced raspberries and pink peppercorns.

Overall

Roku gin is an elegant balance of some really unique botanicals such as Yuzu Peel, Sakura Flower and Sencha Tea, making this gin truly unique and a must have for any gin shelf.

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Buy Merchant’s Heart Hibiscus Tonic Water

Sarah Evans

Author at Gin & Tonicly

Enjoying the booming gin market, one sip at a time.