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A cultural hybrid Gin that packs a punch.
Nestled along the coast of the Seto inland sea, in the glorious land of Japan, lies one quaint distillery that combines the Spirit of the old with the coming of the new. Established initially as the Akashi Sake Brewery in 1917, the venue now boasts an expansion named The Kaikyō Distillery, which got its name after the Akashi-Kaikyō bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world! Incorporating a Western spark into their traditional Japanese distilling methods is what makes The Kaikyō stand out from the crowd. Well, that and Master Blender and Distiller Kimio Yonezawa, who is in charge of many aspects of their hooch, including the running of an extensive cellar boasting different types of casks such as American oak, Mizunara oak, Sakura Cherry Wood alongside ex-Sherry, Bourbon and Port barrels.
135 East Gin Hyogo Dry Japanese Gin is a Spirit that draws from Eastern and Western cultures, merging the two and creating a silver symphony in a glass. For some keen Gin noses out there, the flavor palette allegedly incorporates up to 50 distinctive botanical flavors! Well, hats down to you if you can distinguish them all. But what we know for sure is that the three traditional botanicals originate from Europe, and five come from Japan—all collected from local producers and then masterfully blended and distilled by Yonezawa. In addition, it was named after the 135° East meridian that goes through Akashi city in the Hyogo prefecture and incorporates all of the city's vibrant characteristics. Clocking in at 42% ABV, it combines juniper berries with Japanese botanicals such as Yuzu, Shizo and Sansho pepper—a true botanical delight on the palate.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Angelica root, coriander, juniper, Sencha, Yuzu, Shizo leaves, Ume, and Sansho pepper.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Floral and silky, with rosemary, juniper, citrus, and thyme notes.
Long-lasting, peppery and slightly spicy.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in 135° East Hyogo Dry Japanese Gin and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.