Roku Japanese gin lands in Australia

With the popularity of Japanese spirits continuing to rise, Beam Suntory has announced the Australian release of its Japanese craft gin, Roku.

Roku will be available at select retailers and venues across Australia from tomorrow (Tuesday, 17 July), and is based around the Japanese meaning of Roku – six. The bottle is hexagonal in shape and the gin contains six Japanese botanicals, which are individually distilled and then blended with other traditional gin botanicals.

Beam Suntory Group Marketing Manager, Demetrius Giouzelis said: “Australian consumers have a fascination with Japanese spirits, and we’ve seen a significant increase in Australians turning to premium gin as their beverage of choice. Roku delivers this premium experience with a delicate twist that comes from its truly distinctive Japanese flavours. We’re excited to bring this unique spirit to Australian shores.”

The Japanese botanicals include Sakura flower, sakura leaf, yuzu peel, sencha tea, gyokuro tea and sansho pepper, and these are then blended with traditional gin botanicals including juniper berry, coriander seeds and orange peel.

Roku can be enjoyed on the rocks or as a Japanese Gin and Tonic; this signature serve combines slices of fresh ginger and tonic to compliment the citrus top notes of yuzu.

Roku is a 43 per cent ABV gin, with a $64.99 RRP for a 700ml bottle and is described as having cherry blossom and green tea on the nose, a traditional gin taste with characteristics of yuzu and a slightly spicy finish thanks to the Japanese sansho pepper.

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