Japanese craft gin maker, The Kyoto Distillery, has announced the launch of 'Ki No Bai Plum and Berry Liqueur,' a new product that uses British sloe gin methods while leveraging the flavors of Japanese plums and berries.
The new product replaces British sloe berries with local Japanese ingredients, including the Haskap Berry from Hokkaido and the ultra-rare Joshuhaku plum from Kyoto. Moreover, this one-of-a-kind gin is finished with hokuren sugar -- a natural sweetener from locally sourced fruits and vegetables.
The deep red liqueur is said to offer a soft umami flavor that is delicately balanced by the acidity from the Haskap berries. At the same time, presenting finishing notes of fresh fruit. The newly launched gin is intended to be used in cocktails but can also be enjoyed neat or on the rocks.