New spirit adds up

A CALCULATED approach was taken to create the new premium gin from spirits giant Beam Suntory.

Roku, which means ‘six’ in Japanese, is produced in Osaka using six botanicals and packaged in a hexagonal bottle; each side of the bottle features one of the six Japanese botanicals that goes into the gin.

The botanicals, which can only be found in Japan, include sakura flower, sakura leaf, yuzu peel, sencha tea, gyokuro tea, and sansho pepper; together, the ingredients are said to give the 43% ABV gin a “subtle yet sophisticated profile with a smooth and silky texture, punctuated by yuzu top notes and a crisp, clean, spicy finish”.

Roku, which is distributed by Maxxium UK, has initially been launched in 50 bars across the UK, including Edinburgh-based Montpeliers and Gin 71, as well as The Anchor Line in Glasgow.