Etsu Japanese Gin

Asahikawa Distillery’s Etsu Gin is made using the finest local botanicals, such as tea, sansho pepper, and yuzu. This delightful gin won a double gold at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and is one of the best Japanese gins according to the Wall Street Journal.
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Etsu, meaning pleasure or joy in Japanese language, is a gin made by the Asahikawa Distillery on the island of Hokkaido. Best known for its rice wine (Sake) or the spirit Shochu, Japan started entering the global spirits market with its whiskies in the early 2000s, and with its modern gins in recent years.

What sets Japanese gins apart from Western styles is using fewer botanicals and the toned down juniper notes. Carefully selected and hand-picked local botanicals, such as cherry blossom, tea, sansho pepper, and yuzu, a tart and fragrant citrus, commonly used in Japanese cuisine, also result in a distinct taste profile. The botanicals are often macerated and distilled separately before blending. Most Japanese gins are made from rice-, barley- or corn-based neutral grain spirit, however a new wave of distillers is utilizing everything from sweet potato to sugarcane. When you add meticulous attention to detail at every step of the production, it comes as no surprise that it did not take long for these innovative gins to win the hearts of spirits enthusiasts looking for something new.

Etsu was one of the first Japanese craft gins in the market. This unique artisanal gin is handmade to a secret recipe from the finest local botanicals such as gyokuro tea, sanshō pepper, green bitter orange peel, coriander, licorice, flowers, angelica root, yuzu and Hokkaido-grown juniper. The botanicals macerate for more than 24 hours in neutral sugarcane spirit, which is then distilled in a traditional swan neck copper still. The spirit is diluted down from 83% to 43% ABV with water from the Taisetsu Mountains and filtered through charcoal for highest purity, resulting in a delightfully soft and floral gin.

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Proof 86 (43% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Asahikawa Distillery
Size 750mL
The floral nose has notes of citrus and yuzu. The palate is fresh and well balanced with pepper and hints of licorice. Finishes with notes of sansho pepper and yuzu.
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