Top 50 innovative spirits launches of 2016: 10-1

31st January, 2017 by Annie Hayes

1. Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin

Produced at what’s thought to be Kyoto’s first licensed distillery, Ki No Bi gin is created by head distiller Alex Davies, with input from Japanese spirits specialist Masami Onishi.

A rice spirit base provides the backdrop, while botanicals include yellow yuzu from the north of Kyoto Prefecture, hinoki wood chips (Japanese cypress), bamboo, gyokuro tea from the Uji region and green sansh (Japanese peppercorn) berries.

Famed local Fushimi water is used to reduce the gin to its bottling strength of 45.7% abv. It takes six weeks to produce just one 2,000-litre run, with each crafted from six different distillates.

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