From the creator, Dee Davis: “There is a mix of familiar and unfamiliar with Jinzu. On the one hand, juniper is still present, but on the other, the unfamiliar earthiness of the Junmai sake gives a different finish. On the nose, citrus from the yuzu together with juniper are very evident. On the palate a good juniper and citrus flavour gives way to some floral notes from the cherry blossom. There is some warmth towards the end and it’s here that the sake comes through to create a smooth finish.”
Jinzu Gin brings English and Japanese traditions together to create an exciting, intriguing spirit. Made with a blend of English Gin and Sake, it was created by Dee Davies, who while working as a bartender entered the Diageo “Show Your Spirit Competition” in 2013 which she went on to win.
Jinzu takes its name from the Japanese river, that has a thousand cherry blossom trees along its course, which, along with Japanese yuzu form some of the key botanicals in this exceptionally different gin.
Fleshy citrus jumps to the fore on the nose, with the sake bringing an underlying sweetness. The cherry blossom carries a distinct floral note, but there’s a subtle juniper underpinning it all.