Sen No Suzu Kyoto Dry Gin
The Kyoto Distillery // Kyoto, Japan
This small batch expression from Kyoto Distillery uses their flagship Ki No Bi Dry Gin as a base. It was produced in collaboration with Shinanoya, one of Japan's largest liquor store chains. The "Sen to Suzu" adds coriander and angelica to the Ki No Bi's original recipe and is meant to be enjoyed in a gin and tonic, as stated on the bottle. The label was created by Tomoko Kawao, a famous shodo (calligraphy) artist, while the recipe was developed in collaboration with three professional Japanese bartenders.
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 classic yuzu citrus character of the Ki No Bi comes through on the nose, with a touch of pepper. On the palate, new notes of earth and herbs are delivered by the angelica, alongside a touch of bitterness. From the coriander? We get a fresh, clean influence. In a gin and tonic, the intensity of the citrus and herbs stays strong, making for a greatly refreshing cocktail."