Ki No Bi Gin is the first gin to be produced in the old capital of Kyoto. Drawing from the pure waters in the nearby Fushimi region (famed for its Sake production), Kyoto Distillery uses carefully selected local ingredients as well as Juniper, to craft their stunning Gin - a classic London dry style, with a distinctive Japanese feel to it.
Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin is created with Japanese botanicals such as yellow yuzu from the north of Kyoto Prefecture, hinoki wood chips (Japanese cypress), bamboo, gyokuro tea from the Uji region and green sansho (Japanese peppercorn) berries.
Hinoki (Japanese Cypress)
Gyokuro green tea
Red Shiso leaves
Kinome (Japanese pepper leaf)
Lovely, lifted citrus/yuzu nose, with a touch of earthy pepper and green tea savouriness. The palate is delicate and layered, with a freshness from the yuzu, and a gentle warming spice from the sansho pepper. The juniper runs through from front to back, lifted on the mid-palate by ginger tones, leading to more earthy, peppery notes on the finish.
THE MARTINI WHISPERER
Quite what I expected from the nose, with heavy yuzu notes and juniper making up the backbone of this gin. Still had elements of sweetness, thanks to the green tea. The ginger and sansho helped to give it a slightly spicy but not overly invasive kick. Great sipping gin, not overly heavy or overly light but very pleasant overall. Definitely tasted very “Japanese” which I mean in the best way possible; juniper still reigned supreme but with subtle notes of the handpicked botanicals making their presence known to the taste buds. 4.5 / 5.
Citrus is dominant through the entire experience, especially on the nose. A subtle hint of sanshō pepper joins in on the palate, as notes of earth and wood start to come through. Ginger makes a strong appearance near the end, adding to a warm, spicy, and satisfying finish.
'Rich and fruity with delicate tea note and raisin, complex and well balanced.'
Best Japanese London Dry Gin - World Gin Awards 2018
Trophy for Best Contemporary Gin - IWSC 2018
Master Status - The Gin Masters 2018
Gold Medal - The Gin Masters 2019