Kozue // Japan
Part of the Japanese gin movement, Kozue Gin is the first to use Japanese pine needles in its botanical list. Released by Wakayama's Fujishiro Distillery, with a small first batch of just 100 bottles domestically.
Modern GinAlso has been referred to as "Contemporary", "New Western", "New Wave", and "New American". This style is not legally defined. In general, this category of gin, while it does contain juniper, places less of an emphasis on this botanical. Other botanicals not classically used in London Dry gins are often utilized and often highlight botanicals grown in the region the gin is produced. Most produced as either London Dry or Distilled Gins.
"The nose brings green notes of grass and pine, followed by pepper and earth. Very different to the other, citrus-forward Japanese gins on the market. The palate bursts with pine and berries before the pepper dominates. On the long finish, the pine needles reign supreme, joined by subtle hints of earth, mint, and citrus. This is one of the most promising gins to enter the market in 2017. "