Japanese Gin List

One of the most exciting spirit trends in recent years is the emergence of Japanese gins.

With their renowned approach to craft and attention to detail, and building on the reputation of their whisky, these gin expressions offer a high quality drinking experience.

Some are creations of Sake or Shōchū houses, breweries or whisky producers, so the approaches are quite different making for a nice diversity. But in my experience they all create some of the most refined gins I’ve encountered.

They might be labelled contemporary style gins for their use of botanicals not found in traditional London Dry style gins, which makes them all the more exciting. Using botanicals like sakura flower, sakura leaf, yuzu peel, sencha tea, gyokuro tea,  sansho pepper, or yellow yuzu, bamboo, gyokuro tea, ginger, and hinoki wood to name a few s on a range of spirit bases, making for a unique flavour profile for each release.

The growth of the industry in recent years as been phenomenal with some 600% growth, exporting over 1.4 million litres in 2017. Many of these brands have only emerged in the last three years or so, but the makers in many instances draw on decades or longer experience in sake or other traditional processes.

So here’s a list of current gin labels, and if I’ve missed one, please let me know.

Note, there may be a few versions of the gin for some of these.

We also have some in-depth reviews on the website, and there are links to those where we’ve covered the release, or link to the makers own website or facebook page where possible, note some of these might in Japanese or a bit obscure as they don’t always highlight their gin releases compared to their ‘core business’.

Updated 22 June 2019

Where to buy

If you’re looking to purchase some, check out this specialist online store (note- I’ve not affiliation with this company). 

Come to Japan!

PS I’m planning a trip to Japan in 2020 to meet these distillers, so check out the program and get in touch if you’re interested in coming along!

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