Kinobi Kyoto Craft Gin
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  • citrus
  • herbs
  • tea
  • spicy
  • berries
  • juniper
  • lemon
  • dry
  • biscuit

KiNoBi

Kinobi Kyoto Craft Gin (0.7l, 45.7%)

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The Big-Gin establishment brands are feeling a disturbance in the force.

The Kyoto Distillery is new — founded in 2016 — but what it lacks in years it makes up for in spirit. It’s Japan’s first distillery dedicated to Gin. And these guys are serious, building a gleaming, state-of-the-art facility with two custom copper stills and enough stainless steel to build a battleship. As you might expect, it is located in Kyoto, and although additional releases are expected in the future, at this point they produce one: Kinobi Kyoto Dry Gin.

When we first heard the name “Kinobi,” we instantly thought of Obiwan Kenobi” and considered all the StarWars marketing options. But this is a real-deal, premium Gin in the London Dry category with a distinctly Japanese flair. The main botanical is the traditional juniper, and you will recognize the expected hint of lemon and orris root. But it’s rice-based (like Sake) and the rest of the recipe is all-Japan: Sansho berries, Gyokuro green tea leaves, Yuzu citrus, Bamboo, Hinoki wood shavings (Japanese Cypress), and more. We think that James Bond’s signature Versper Cocktail might shine with Kinobi in place of Gordons.

California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

Appearance / Color
Clear

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Bright, with citrus and herbs

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Seriously top-shelf, light, rich, and complex with juniper and dry spice and a beautiful mouth-feel

Finish
Warming and tea-like


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Ki-No-Bi roughly translates as “beauty of seasons” — making the name of this singularly Japanese spirit almost a Zen Haiku. So let’s write one: KiNoBi Dry Gin, The Seasons of Kyoto, Flow in your spirits

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  • citrus
  • herbs
  • tea
  • spicy
  • berries
  • juniper
  • lemon
  • dry
  • biscuit
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Character Dogson
Few Gin distillers make their own alcohol. Gin usually starts with neutral Spirit: A commodity that distillers buy in bulk. It’s what the distiller does with this commodity in the flavor-infusing process that makes each Gin different.
Is Gin gluten free? Sort of. While Gin is made from a grain Spirit, which could include wheat, barley or even rye, some experts say that it’s still suitable for those on gluten-free diets due to being distilled. The distillation process removes enough of the gluten protein in the drink to make it gluten-free. But proceed with caution.
Gin was so cheap and popular in London in the first half of the 18th century, an epidemic of drunkenness engulfed the city. There were 7,000 Gin shops by 1730 and wasted Londoners fell victim to acts of violence and widespread addiction. The government had to step in with an emergency legislation to stop the so-called "Gin Craze".
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Few Gin distillers make their own alcohol. Gin usually starts with neutral Spirit: A commodity that distillers buy in bulk. It’s what the distiller does with this commodity in the flavor-infusing process that makes each Gin different.
Is Gin gluten free? Sort of. While Gin is made from a grain Spirit, which could include wheat, barley or even rye, some experts say that it’s still suitable for those on gluten-free diets due to being distilled. The distillation process removes enough of the gluten protein in the drink to make it gluten-free. But proceed with caution.
Gin was so cheap and popular in London in the first half of the 18th century, an epidemic of drunkenness engulfed the city. There were 7,000 Gin shops by 1730 and wasted Londoners fell victim to acts of violence and widespread addiction. The government had to step in with an emergency legislation to stop the so-called "Gin Craze".
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