About Ki No Bi "Go" 5th Anniversary Kyoto Limited Edition Dry Gin
Kyoto Distillery has the incredible distinction of being Japan’s first dedicated artisanal gin distillery. Established in 2014 by industry veterans David Croll, Marcin Miller, and Noriko Kakuda Croll, the facility is situated in Minami-Ku, in southern Kyoto City, nearby the famed Fushimi region, known for centuries for its production of nihon-shu (Japanese sake). They felt Kyoto was the perfect place for the distillery, not just because of its proud history, but for the soft waters of Fushimi and a wide selection of locally-grown ingredients. Their first product, the Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin was launched in 2016, after 2 years of research and experimentation.
Ki No Bi which translates to “The Beauty of the Seasons”, is made using locally sourced ingredients. This incredibly distinctive Japanese gin is based on a balanced rice spirit and a blend of 11 botanicals including yellow yuzu from the north of Kyoto Prefecture, hinoki wood chips (Japanese cypress), bamboo leaves, gyokuro tea from the Uji region, and green sanshō (Japanese peppercorn) berries. The gin is pot distilled, using a steeping technique to infuse the botanicals into the spirit for several hours. Post-distillation, the elements are blended and cut to proof at 45.7% ABV using water sourced from underground Fushimi.
Ki No Bi Go is a limited-edition expression that is based on their flagship gin. "Go" stands for "five", the release marking the 5th anniversary of Ki No Bi Dry Gin. The hinoki (Japanese cypress) is replaced with akamatsu (Japanese red pine), while the rest of the 11 botanicals stay the same and include yellow yuzu, bamboo leaves, gyokuro tea, Japanese peppercorn. The gin is pot distilled, using a steeping technique to infuse the botanicals into the spirit for several hours. The expression is bottled at a higher 50% ABV using water sourced from underground Fushimi.
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Initially made for medicinal purposes, gin gets most of its flavor from the juniper berries added after the distillation process. It sure has come a long way from the Middle Ages, with the introduction of new botanicals, fruits, and spices, bringing it closer to people of all flavor varieties.
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