Get to know: Kaikyo Distillery, 135 East Gin Hyogo
135° East gin offers a powerful floral aroma over scents of citrus fruits. It comes with a silky, balanced feel in the mouth, combining citrus, bitter and floral notes, while sansho pepper gives it a warm, peppery finish.
Marrying authentic Japanese botanicals with London Dry Gin botanicals, this spirit lets two cultures interweave energetically. Add to this a splash of sake distillate and you have a truly artisanal recipe, inspired by the Yonezawa family’s rich history of sake production.
Inspired by the great gin and whisky stillhouses of the United Kingdom, the Kaikyō Distillery contributes to a vibrant and evolving culture of Japanese spirit making. The Akashi Sake Brewery has been producing distilled spirits since 1917. At that time, one of their products was shochu, a traditional, refined beverage with around 25% alcohol content, made from wheat, rice and other ingredients.
A 100 years later, to honour his family heritage and to celebrate the centennial of the family distilling business, Master Distiller and Blender Kimio Yonezawa created the Kaikyō Distillery to launch his own gin and whiskies.