Nestled in mountains of Wakayama, Kishu Kumano Distillery are the producers of Sakaki gin.
Their craft gin range, Sakaki Gin, consists of 3 unique gins – Sakaki XV, Sakaki XIX and Sakaki XXV. Kishu Kumano distillery is the first to use sakaki as a botanical in gins.
Sakaki (Cleyera japonica) is an evergreen flowering Japanese tree which plays an important role in Japanese mythology.
Sakaki imparts a “forest like” aroma, which is a perfect representation of the distillery’s home in the mountains of Wakayama.
A sacred tree also known as the gateway between the skies and earth, it has been labelled a “unifying botanical”.
Its presence in the gin has a marked effect in amalgamating the unique flavours Kishu Kumano distillery have created and refined.
Sakaki Gin is unique in its botanicals, using a range of spices, herbs and flowers native to Japan. This imparts an unique, spice forward aroma and flavour unlike any other.
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SAKAKI XV GIN
Sakaki XV is the flagship gin from Kishu Kumano distillery. As its name suggests, it contains 15 botanicals:
All Spice, Caraway, Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Juniper, Lavender, Mikan, Sakaki, Sansho, Star Anise, Sudachi, Ume, Yoshino Cedar, Yuzu
Taste: Base, spicy notes like all spice, star anise and caraway are pronounced. Juniper forward, the addition of ume and citrus botanicals results in a smooth, fruity finish.
Recommended cocktails: Southside, Dirty Martini, Negroni
SAKAKI XIX GIN
Sakaki XIX is the second premium product in the Sakaki Gin range. As per the Roman numerals in its name it contains 19 botanicals:
All Spice, Bay Leaf, Caraway, Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Ginger, Juniper, Lavender, Mikan, Sakaki, Sansho, Star Anise, Sudachi, Ume, Ume Seed, Wasabi, Yoshino Cedar, Yuzu
Taste: Juniper forward and fruitier than Sakaki XV, anise elements are complemented addition of ume and citrus botanicals results in a smooth, soft finish. The piquancy of the sansho, ginger and wasabi “tighten” the aftertaste
Recommended cocktails: Corpse Reviver No. 2, Alaska Cocktail, Gimlet
SAKAKI XXV GIN
Sakaki XXV is the top tier in the Sakaki Gin range. As per the Roman numerals in its name it holds 25 botanicals.
All Spice, Bay Leaf, Caraway, Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Fig, Ginger, Honey Bush, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Persimmon leaf, Mikan, Sakaki, Sanpokan, Sansho, Star Anise, Sudachi, Tanaka, Ume, Ume Liqueur, Wasabi, Yoshino Cedar, Yuzu
Taste: Ume and citrus forward and fruitiest of the Sakaki range, the addition of floral elements accentuates the subtlety of persimmon leaf and honey bush . The resultant finish lingers in a complex blend of authentic Japanese flavours.
Recommended cocktails: Martini, Gin and Soda, Aviation