KI NO TEA—The Limited Edition Juniper Gin.

08.06.2018

©KIRA KARACHO

Whether its convenience stores, karaoke or gastronomy, one thing is clear—Japan is able to render sublime whatever cultural tenet it appropriates. It is certainly true of KI NO TEA, a gin made from juniper berries.

This luxury gin is the fruit of the collaboration between a distillery in Kyoto that launched KI NO TEA in 2015, and the tea maker Hori-Shichimeien whose tea plantation is the most famous in the Uji region. The tealeaves used for the product—Tencha and Gykuro—originate from a portion of the land that has been in use for over seven hundred years.

The process then alternates between steeping and distilling. It would be easy to ramble on with a story that is both poetic and meticulous, but to keep things brief; the gin is now available in a collector edition. Try it for yourself.