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Kyoto Distillery

The Kyoto Distillery, Japan’s first dedicated gin distillery, was created by whisky exporters David Croll and Marcin Miller. Croll initially began importing casks of whisky into Japan from the Arran distillery in Scotland, gradually adding other small distilleries to his portfolio before he teamed up with Miller to establish Number One Drinks Co. in 2006, exporting Japanese whiskies such as Chichibu, Hanyu and Karuizawa. In 2014, with stocks of Karuizawa nearly depleted, the duo decided to expand into production and create a spirit that would reflect Japanese culture and traditions using local ingredients. The Kyoto Distillery was born.

The Japanese gin distillery separates its botanicals into six distinct categories (base, citrus, tea, herbal, spice and floral). Each is macerated in rice spirit before being distilled individually, before being blended together and left to marry together. The distillery has two copper stills, a 140-litre still with an integrated botanical basket in the helmet and a 450-litre still with a swan neck and side-mounted botanical basket, made to order by German manufacturer Christian Carl. Fushimi water is used to reduce the gin to bottling strength.

The packaging design is an Edo pattern, made by the oldest karakami (a traditional technique of decorative papermaking using woodblock print) atelier in Japan, Kira Karacho, which was founded in Kyoto in 1624. The glass bottle was made by Sakai Glass, a family company founded in 1906, and each expression is bottled by hand at The Kyoto Distillery.

Ki No Bi Gin

70cl, 45.7%

Ki No Bi Gin is the first release from the Kyoto Distillery! Unveiled in 2016, Ki No Bi Gin has been made using a rice spirit base, as well as a selection of botanicals including locally-sourced…  More info

Ki No Bi Gin

Ki No Tea

70cl, 45.1%

The Kyoto Distillery, the city's first dedicated gin maker, has fast become recognised for its fastidious attention to detail. Its second release, Ki No Tea, has been meticulously created to the same…  More info

Ki No Tea

Ki No Bi Navy Strength Gin

70cl, 54.5%

Initially bottled for the 2017 Tokyo International Bar Show, the Kyoto Distillery's Ki No Bi Navy Strength is made with the same 11 botanicals distilled in six flavour categories as the original…  More info

Ki No Bi Navy Strength Gin

Ki Noh Bi Cask-Aged Gin

70cl, 48%

The world of Japanese gin meets the world of Japanese whisky. A very interesting release from the Kyoto Distillery's Ki No Bi Gin range - this Ki Noh Bi expression has aged in sherry casks that were…  More info

Ki Noh Bi Cask-Aged Gin

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