Top-class Asian spirits to try

9th May, 2019 by Nicola Carruthers


Price: £35 (US$45.45)

A Master medal was bestowed upon BBC Wines & Spirits’s Etsu gin in the Gin Made in Asia flight, which had a “curious combination of botanicals but was very layered”.

Etsu, meaning ‘pleasure’ in Japanese, is created in Hokkaido using a range of botanicals including juniper, green bitter orange peel, yuzu, coriander seeds, angelica and liquorice root.

The botanicals are macerated in neutral cane spirit for 24 hours before copper-still distillation takes place, then diluted using water from the Taisetsu Mountains.

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