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Ukiyo lands in Dubai travel retail

Kirker Greer Spirits has expanded its global presence and launched Ukiyo Japanese Gin in Dubai travel retail.

The Blossom Gin and Yuzu Gin will be available from Dubai Duty Free

The Ukiyo Blossom Gin and Ukiyo Yuzu Gin will be available to purchase from Dubai Duty Free. The brand is represented by Duty Free Global (DFG) in global travel retail.

John Soden, chief commercial officer at Drinksology Kirker Greer, commented: “We are delighted to have Ukiyo available to passengers travelling through Dubai airport, one of the world’s truly iconic travel retail locations.”

Drinksology Kirker Greer comprises two divisions: Kirker Greer Spirits, which owns and distributes a range of brands including Kirker Shamrock Whiskey, Ginato Italian Gin, and Jawbox Irish Gin, and a second division called Drinksology Creative, which specialises in design for alcohol brands.

Drinksology Creative has designed bars, brands, and brand homes including The Dead Rabbit, the Johnnie Walker Experience, and the Roe & Co Distillery in Dublin.

Ukiyo spirits are all bottled at 40% ABV.

The gins are made in Kagoshima, in the shadow of the Sakurajima volcano. Locally-grown grains are distilled into a traditional Japanese shōchū, which is then redistilled with key botanicals, including juniper, mandarin and spice.

Both Ukiyo gins will be on display at the Tax Free World Association (TFWA) show in Cannes next week.

Soden added: “It is another win for the brand in the travel retail channel, a critical channel for the success of this ultra-premium brand.

“We are seeing exceptional growth and success with Ukiyo in international markets, such as Australia, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, and we look forward to continuing to build on that success with the Duty Free Global team.”

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