KI NO BI GO Kyoto Dry Gin is a limited bottling to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the internationally acclaimed KI NO BI. The name uses the Japanese for five ‘Go’ and the message 5th Anniversary ‘五周年’ is embossed into the label. GO has been tweaked to reflect the botanicals’ qualities at the higher strength at 50% ABV.
Made from a rice spirit, complemented by the addition of regional botanicals including yuzu, ginger and gyokuro tea from Uji, we have modified our award-winning gin with Japanese red pine (‘akamatsu’) in the base element in place of hinoki. KI NO BI GO is made by hand at our distillery in Kyoto and is inspired by the history, culture and people of this ancient city.
Sweet, complex and fruity on the nose. Fresh yuzu and bright sansho burst forward and notes of new grass and a white chocolate like softness from the gyokuro. Taste: On the palate it has a wonderful, sweet entry followed up by some peppery sansho, resinous Akamatsu and rich citrus. Finish reveals notes of ginger and lemon with forest-like undertones of Akamatsu and juniper.