Ki No TouRegular price HK$700
The Kyoto Distillery Ki No Tou
- Country: Japan
- Region: Kyoto, Honshu
- Type: Kyoto Old Tom Gin
- Alcohol: 45.7%
- Size: 700 ml
All prices in HKD
The gentle sweetness of kokuto (black sugar) from Yonaguni Island
KI NOTOU is based on an exclusive bottling - believed to Japan's first Old Tom- created by The Kyoto Distillery for the Tokyo International Bar Show (TIBS). It takes our classic KI NO BI Kyoto Dry Gin and sweetens it post-distillation with kokuto (Literally "black sugar") from the Okinawan island of Yonaguni. Dating back to the 17th century, kokuto is made in such a way that it retains a higher mineral content than other sugars. As well as sweetness, it adds complexity.
The label design features two kanji characters, one meaning "island" and the other "sugar", and was produced in collaboration with Kira Karacho, part of the Karacho karakami atelier founded in Kyoto in 1624.
Brown sugar and sea mineral notes from the kokuto work harmoniously with the sweet, piney juniper, gyokuro and sansho pepper to deliver a gin that is wonderfully rich and complex. Hints of date and juniper on the palate at first, followed by warming candied ginger and then a long-lasting yuzu marmalade finish.