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Roku Gin

(70cl, 43%)

Roku Gin
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Roku Gin Bottling Note

The first gin from Japan's legendary Suntory - Roku Gin. This expression is made using a selection of botanicals, including six Japanese botanicals that provide a whistle-stop tour of the four seasons. These include sakura leaf and sakura flower for spring, sencha tea and gyokuro tea for summer, sansho pepper for autumn and yuzu peel for winter. Traditional gin botanicals also featured include the likes of juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander and cinnamon, among others.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Earthy and vegetal, with a light whisper of fruity sweetness hiding underneath. Peppery notes develop on the finish.

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Roku Gin Reviews

Great gin - recommend

Great gin. Continues to be my ‘go-to’ gin

28th November 2020

A very refreshing gin

My New "Go-To" gin... Very smooth and refreshing with a hint of berry and a clean, crisp finish.. Just a splash of tonic is all you need with Roku..

18th November 2020

Surprisingly Impressive Gin

Very impressed with the smell, smooth and crisp taste

7th November 2020

A nice gin

A lovely gin which is quite similar to Tanquery Ten.

12th October 2020

Perfect gin

This gin is absolutely mindblowing. It is so good I want to drink ik it neat all the time. Just fantastic!!

23rd August 2020


This is so smooth and delicious I cannot bear to put tonic on it. Just ice and a slice. Not too sweet and very distinctive flavour. Enough juniper to be a real gin.

14th August 2020

Smooth and delightful

Love this on the rocks with a slice of lime. So smooth. Perfect subtle Blended flavours - a bit earthy, spicy, fruit and pepper. It is basically a London Dry but so special it is a shame to hide its glory in tonic.

3rd August 2020

Not traditional but that’s great! It’s great!

Super light, very non gin-gin. I really like it as a nice alternative to traditional gin. I think it’s great in a martini. Very much inline with the lighter traditions found in the art of Japanese distilleries. It is subtle and fruity, with a nod towards Sencha like the label suggests. If you are a hardcore trad gin snob you’ll hate it; those with a wider palates will love it. Great in a G&T, makes a decent martini and rather great just straight in the rocks. Super smooth.

27th July 2020

Not a fan. Very Vodka like

Not a fan at all. Tasted very vodka like, in that it lacked the flavours of a gin. Tried it with tonic, ginger ale, bitter lemon and aromatic tonic and none made it palatable.

14th July 2020

Great gin

Very nice gin for a straight g&t slice of lemon perfect

26th June 2020

Loved it 💓 🍸

Bought as a birthday present and absolutely gorgeous. 50ml gin, 150 tonic. Mint, lime, cucumber and a good amount of ice. Perfection.

26th June 2020


Awful. No strong gin flavour whatsoever.

20th June 2020

One of the perfect Gin for drinking neat

One of the best Gin to drink neat. Very well balanced. I find it slightly flat when drinking chilled and I prefer to drink it room temperature. I haven't yet to try warming it up slightly to see the effect before my bottle runs out.

11th June 2020

Proud to Recomend to all my friend

Seriously good Balanced flavours which bring so many fond memories of Japan in Spring time , Awesome Neat on Ice and Fabulous mixer.

18th May 2020

Love this gin! Excellent for am afternoon chill and book under summer sun!

Excellent Summer Chill

10th May 2020


Youm. Now to find fresh ginger.

22nd April 2020

Outstanding Gin!

Phenomenonal. Elevated taste and sophisticated scents.

22nd April 2020

Lovely with fresh ginger

So refreshing, a real stand-out.

17th April 2020


Very good. Thank you. Given as Mother's Day present

27th March 2020

Add fresh ginger to step it up

Have been a fan of this for over a year. Recently started adding freshly sliced ginger as an accompaniment. Wow... The ginger just takes it to a new level.

25th March 2020

Nice with citrus

Very nice

15th January 2020


Found it at the liquor store adjacent to my local Costco. Store employees had no clue what it was about. Grabbed a bottle anyway. Just poured myself a drink and it’s excellent. Highly recommended

11th January 2020

A New Favorite

The understated burst of favor recommends this gin the those who enjoy this spirit. I was pleasantly surprised by it’s depth. I’m glad to have taken a chance with it.

7th January 2020

went down

It went down very nice, says auntie Norma.

1st January 2020


Best Gin I have ever tasted

21st December 2019

THE best Gin!

Easily the best Gin I’ve ever had. One of only a few guns I’ve ever been able to drink neat. Very smooth and flavoursome with a nice warmth.

13th December 2019

Best Gin

Excellent Gin! Very smooth and easy to drink. I like it with tiny bit of tonic and club soda with pink black peppers.

13th December 2019

Go Tigers 🐯


7th December 2019

Exceptional quality.

Outstanding, light and mellow at the same time. Japanese botanicals very intense and different. Thought might be too floral. But not so. Very delicate and now a favourite over The Botanist.

15th November 2019

Amazingly fresh and vibrant gin.

Just tasted this for the first time, what a flavour explosion! Absolutely full of fresh zinginess and with a beautifully dry and peppery finish just inviting you back for another sip. My new favourite by a country mile.

1st October 2019

Best ever

I have enjoyed many gins, Hendricks, blue sapphire, Gilbert’s,Tanqueray to name a few but when I was introduced to Roku my palate woke up. This gin is full of botanicals, has a fresh clean taste and I can even, if I want to have it straight. I have one bottle left which I am keeping for later while finishing up all the other gins.

19th September 2019

Best gin ever

Best gin we have ever had. Makes other top brands lot second rate!

7th September 2019

Simply superb.

Simply superb from the magnificent Suntory company. A very pleasant surprise on the pallet.

23rd July 2019

Softly delicious

I was drinking Bombay Sapphire but I've been to Japan and I wanted to taste how they interpret gin. It is smooth and wonderful!
It's infused with Japanese botanicals, and doesn't have a strong juniper flavor, which was the element that I didn't care for in gin. I'm not a martini drinker, but this is delicious in limeade, Limonata or tonic. I just bought our third bottle.

13th July 2019

10 out 10

great strong gin taste. My favourite one so far and i have drunk a lot of gin.

9th July 2019

best gin I’ve ever tasted

best gin I’ve ever tasted! not an experienced drinker, but I know good stuff when I taste it, and this I think, just became my favourite drink!

30th June 2019

"Smooth and Easy" - to drink

Best Gin I have ever tasted. (Only one man's opinion). Remembering that everyone has their own tastes. I put it up there with CIROC Vodka, both very smooth and refreshing taste - both these spirits are the best.

26th June 2019

Strangely savoury

This is an odd one. Not as fruity or floral as you you would expect, but divine none the less.

Clean, yet somewhat earthy and full bodied with just the slightest hint of fruit and spice on the after taste.

Not one to be paired with Fentimans yuzu tonic as I find this overly sweetens the experience. My go to mixers are white peach and jasmine soda or pomelo and pink pepper tonic, both from The London Essence Co.

19th June 2019

Just the Best

BEAUTIFUL. Received it as a gift from a special friend, only problem was the bottle was empty before I knew it

11th June 2019


It’s very smooth and has an amazing distinct taste and smell. Doesn’t leave an aftertaste

9th June 2019

Outstanding gin. Outstanding flavour

Absolutely stunning gin. Tried it one week ago for the 1st time. No looking back. 👍👍👍

1st June 2019

Nicely refreshing with a twist

Love it change from all the sweet flavours that have appeared lately. Tastes like a proper gin and not an alcho pop love the delicate peppery undertones

18th May 2019

Harsh, Biting, Empty

Suntory's frst gin, eh? Encore! And keep doing it until you get it right. All I detected with this was a nondescript bouquet of chemical essence and a harsh flavour of pure alcohol that could only be tamed with the amount of ice a polar bear could live on. To me, a gin is genuinely bad if I'd rather be drinking Gordon's, and Roku certainly fits that label.

10th May 2019


Amazing Gin!
Love it the taste is fantastic !

12th April 2019

One of the best gins for me

Great gin and even better with Fentimans oriental yuzu tonic

13th March 2019

Very nice Gin!

A VERY nice gin! I never tried much other than Gilbay's gin... and lately Tanqueray no10, who was an eyeopener to the world of wonderful gin, tried Raku gin yesterday...and wow!!! A big MUST HAVE!!!

19th February 2019

The perfect gin

Aromatic, uniquely spiced and smooth. Two years of exploring different gin, and this one’s in my top 3. Can’t get over how good it smells + tastes.

2nd February 2019


Probably the best gin I've tasted, which has a unique flavour. Perfection.

27th January 2019

Clean and crisp

Beautiful dry crisp non fussy gin, perfect!

29th December 2018

Masterful distilling.

Suntory first distilled gin in 1936. Their experience is enhanced by the delightful addition of the six delicate flavours. They add a sweet aftertaste.

27th December 2018

Nice little tipple

Thoroughly enjoyed.

4th December 2018


Pleasing aroma, goes down smooth and warms up well.

20th November 2018

Sipping gin

Kept in the ice box and then sipped from an iced glass. Sublime. Some other flavors here that take it to another level. Suggest adding dash of water and some orange bitters. Tonic water will smother it in a G'n'T.

4th November 2018


Absolute perfection. Best gin I’ve ever had. Sancho pepper is a great addition.

22nd October 2018


Absolute perfection. Nothing lacking. I thing needed. Just a perfect gin.

22nd October 2018

🇯🇵 perfection

Liquid Trix cereal in a bottle! Very good. SMOOOOOTH! :)

19th October 2018

Picked up a bottle at Tokyo airport as a gift for my wife. Delighted with the aromatic surprise of a first rate Gin - outstanding

Wonderful flavours and finish. Perfect with red berries

5th October 2018

Amazing gin!

Very smooth and delicious. Even hubby who's not that into gin enjoys this one. Initially bought it because of the beautiful and luxurious bottle but will buy again for the taste!

2nd October 2018


One of my favourites in fact I can't think of a better one. Even delicious neat.

P.s. I'm not a big fan of fever tree, I prefer gin with the good old fashion Schweppes.

29th September 2018

Works well with ginger ale

Really lovely original citrus taste to this Gin. Makes it stand out from the crowded market.

1st September 2018

My favorite

It's the best. A beautiful gin with gorgeous flavour. Great with Fevertree tonic

14th August 2018

Delightful surprise on the palate!

Tried this at the pump house in Bristol, fabulous gin! I was so pleased to see it at Waitrose. Superbly simple, not too floral (although I do like some floral gins too). Absolutely lip smackingly delicious. Expensive but worth it! Don’t hesitate, buy yourself a bottle, kick back and enjoy...

4th August 2018


First time, love it

23rd July 2018

Beautiful notes of Sencha

Sakura floral and citrus at the start (although wasn't distinctly Yuzu). What struck me the most were the distinct Sencha finish.

Beautiful with tonic

1st June 2018

Very Drinkable

Also bought on a whim much like another reviewer. I can say that for a Gin with such a complex flavour profile it is very drinkable. Strong citrus notes. Doesn't feel overly complicated, and perfect for a sunny afternoon.

19th May 2018

Excellent First Effort

Tried for first time. As a mixer used a "Japanese" tonic water (available in UK) . A really excellent effort by Suntory, strong citrus on initial taste (Yuzu) and a lovely refreshing peppery finish. Could be a "go to" gin for mixing, but will of course need to do a lot more taste testing

25th April 2018

Wow! Love this!

Bought this on a whim at Birmingham airport (duty free). I don’t usually drink straight gins, normally opting for a compound gin like Bathtub or a strong peppery flavour like Pink Pepper. However, I wish I could get hold of this in the UK as it is fantastic. I still prefer the aforementioned but I have to say it is better than most gins you can buy, even (dare I say it) Silent Pool which is my wife’s personal favourite (I love it too). Try it at least - I doubt you’ll regret it.

2nd January 2018

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