Dee Davis has created Jinzu, a lovely gin. Inspired by a visit to Japan and a lifelong interest in flavour combinations, she’s managed to create a classic British gin with an elegant and subtle Japanese twist. The resulting gin (named after a Japanese river surrounded by cherry blossom trees) is a subtle triumph. Dee has managed to blend fragrant Japanese Sake with a traditional gin.
This Scottish gin is built on a solid base of traditional Juniper (from Tuscany). Dee then allows the citrus flavours of Yuzu lemon and a hint of cherry blossom in to the gin. And then she adds the magic ingredient, distilled Junmai sake from Japan. The result: an elegant, creamy and refreshing gin that hits just the right spot.
A winning combination
This gorgeous fusion of East and West was developed by Dee after she won Diageo’s “Show Your Spirit” competition, way back in 2013. Distilled in traditional copper stills it is an innovative gin, perfectly blended to reflect the characteristics of its dual heritage.
At 41.3% ABV, this is strong enough to show its character but not so strong that you can’t keep sipping.
Delicate on the nose, you may smell oranges and coriander seeds with a long, lingering juniper finish, taking you on a sweet, spicy journey to the East. This is a great gin if you’re thinking of rustling up a “Bee’s Knees” cocktail (recipe coming soon!).
Plus, it comes in a beautiful bottle featuring a Japanese Mejiro bird under an iconic British umbrella and a beautiful branch from a cherry blossom tree. This image is designed to reflect the idea that this gin has its “head in Britain and its heart in Japan” and pays homage to the dual traditions of this exceptional drink.
- Take a large highball glass and fill it to the top with ice cubes (the bigger, the better!)
- Pour in 50ml of Jinzu gin, straight over the ice
- Fill to top with Fentimans premium tonic water (or Yuzu premium tonic water for a citrus lift)
- Garnish with a slice of apple poured into a highball glass full of cubed ice.
- Sit back and enjoy. Kampai!
Written by Steve (with a little help from Ruddles, the gin dog!)
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