Jinzu Gin, made in Scotland at Diageos Cameronbridge Distillery.
Jinzu Gin brings English and Japanese traditions together to create an exciting, intriguing spirit. It is made with a blend of English gin featuring juniper, coriander, angelica, yuzu and Japanese cherry blossom as botanicals and Sake, which brings a luxurious, creamy mouth feel and a subtle, compelling sweetness to its flavour profile.
Jinzu Gin was created for, and won, Diageo's Show Your Spirit competition in 2013, by Bristol bartender Dee Davies.
Fleshy citrus jumps to the fore on the nose, with the Sake bringing an underlying sweetness, the Cherry Blossom carries a distinctive floral note, but there is subtle juniper underpinning it all.
Tasted neat, Jinzu Gin is mild, easy to sip and to hold on the tongue. It’s altogether quite unfamiliar as a spirit, though notably still a gin with a long finish and a strong enough juniperbackbone that carries all the way through to the aftertaste. The yuzu brings a fresh, mandarin like citrus and the Sake provides a creamy mouthfeel and a taste which bites right at the end. The Cherry Blossom, too, holds strong in the mouth, it’s not sweet and not herbal, rather it sits somewhere in-between.