Well before Shinjiro Torii founded Suntory, he dreamed of creating a whisky that would not only appeal to the delicate Japanese palate, but also be embraced by the rest of the world.
Bringing his dream to life, Shinjiro established Suntory in 1899 to brew and distil a variety of spirits including gin. Today, Roku Gin embodies Shinjiro's vision. Roku is an authentic and truly Japanese Gin which employs traditional and modern techniques in its creation as a testimony to Japan's renowned craftsmanship.
Right from the start, Suntory envisioned Roku as an enduring gin, one that could always be identified whether there was a gin boom or not. A Japanese gin that would always stand alongside the most premium, must-have gins on the back bar or shelf. A gin that would always be recognised for its Japanese provenance.
In Japanese, Roku translates as the number six. Inside every bottle of Roku Gin are six very special botanicals that are sourced in Japan. These represent Suntory's commitment to only using the best ingredients harvested from the best growing areas in Japan.
Following the Japanese concept of 'shun', which suggests that food and drinks should be enjoyed in peak season, each of the botanicals of Roku Gin are harvested in their ideal season to ensure the utmost freshness of flavour. Unlike frozen or artificial flavours, Suntory uses fresh Sakura which can only be harvested during one week of the year. This in turn provides a gin that is balanced and unique to the senses. With cherry blossom and green tea aromas it is a complex and layered premium gin.
A Roku G&T is served with ginger to complement the distinctive Yuzu and Sakura top notes.
Slice ginger into long slices and add to a tall glass full with ice. Pour in the tonic and stir, allowing for the customer to pour their Roku gin serve into the glass afterwards.