Suntory is renowned for its whisky, but less well known is our long history of distilling spirits. It begins with our founder, Shinjiro Torii, who made the first Suntory gin in 1936, Hermes Gin. Shinjiro and his successors then continued to work to build a deep knowledge of distilling and blending techniques.
The recent offering from the House of Suntory is a Japanese premium craft gin we have named ROKU, a harmonious blend of six Japanese botanicals that perfectly captures the essence of Japan's four seasons.
ROKU means 'six' in Japanese, and the gin owes its distinctive flavor to six Japanese botanicals cultivated over four seasons: Sakura flower, Sakura leaf, Yuzu peel, Sencha tea (green tea), Gyokuro tea (refined green tea) and Sanshō pepper.
In accordance with the Japanese tradition of shun, each botanical is harvested at the peak of its season to extract the best flavor. Each is then distilled separately to maintain its individual characteristics. For instance, the delicate scent of the Sakura flower is drawn out through vacuum distillation in stainless pot stills, whereas the deep flavor of Yuzu is achieved by distillation in copper pot stills.
Together with eight more traditional botanicals, the carefully crafted botanical extracts are blended by Japanese artisans to achieve ROKU's complex, yet harmonious flavor.
As a final flourish, ROKU is presented in a hexagonal bottle with the six Japanese botanicals embossed on each of its six sides. The label is made of traditional washi paper and adorned with the Japanese kanji for 'six' in bold calligraphic strokes as a tribute to the Japanese values of craftsmanship that are distilled into every drop of ROKU.