Right now Suntory the Japanese drinks company seem to be having a bit of a promotion into the UK market. Not only are there several of their whiskies on sale in UK supermarkets, but their Roku gin is on promotion in major UK supermarkets. Now I am a whisky lover and I like a decent gin too. I have not tried Japanese whiskies yet but I know the Japanese have a mature and educated whisky market so I would expect their offer to be of quality. Meanwhile I was intrigued to try one of their gins Roku.
Interestingly roku is the name of a very effective Chinese acupressure technique for toothache, but that is not what it means in Japanese. In Japanese it just means the number 6 – because the gin features 6 special botanical ingredients.
Now I did not serve it exactly as the recipe on the bottle suggests – I served it with ice-cold Fever-Tree mediterranean tonic and a tiny tiny dash of Fever-Tree ginger beer.
The result I have to say is nothing exotic in say the ambit of Opihr gin . It is actually a very classic London Dry gin flavour. There is a distinct and very welcome pink peppercorn flavour, but other than that is simply a top-drawer dry gin.
All in all my first serious venture into trying Japanese spirits is proving worthwhile and enjoyable, as I might have reasonably expected bearing in mind the maturity and well-established relationships Japan has with British and American spirits, especially Scotch Whiskies. Although UK and Japanese cultures are in many ways far apart, there are some things, like Scottish scenery, Whisky and golf where we agree wholeheartedly, and that it seems may now include Gin.
I get nothing out of reporting on Suntory or Fever-tree products and have no relationship with them whatsoever other than as an ordinary consumer. I am simply interested in telling people about something I found nice and interesting. The photography is my own.