KOKORO GIN LAUNCHES MINIATURES
Kokoro Gin has launched a miniature bottle of its unique Japanese-inspired London Dry Gin. Handy for trying out a new gin when you are unsure whether you will like it or not.
Launched in September 2016, Kokoro Gin is made with sansho berries. These are hand-picked and imported to the UK from the Afan Woodland, a sustainable forest in the Nagano region of Japan. Used extensively in Japanese cuisine, sansho berries have a distinctive pepper flavour with a citrus aftertaste. Combined with eight other botanicals, the sansho berries give Kokoro Gin its unique flavour.
James Nicol, managing director at Forest Spirits, which produces Kokoro Gin, said: “Introducing the miniature bottles will enable us to provide potential stockists with samples, as well as accommodate the hotel industry and help them fill up their mini bars. We’ve also had requests from fusion restaurants for sample bottles, which we can now fulfil and encourage high volume sales.”
Forest Spirits was formed by entrepreneurial duo, James Nicol and Barry Darnell. The brothers-in-law, who are financial consultant and design agency head by day, were inspired by a family connection to the Afan woodland in Japan, where sansho berries grow. James’s uncle, CW Nicol (affectionately known as Uncle Nic), is a lifelong environmentalist and author. He bought the Afan woodland in the 1980s and donated it to the Woodland Trust. It is now home to over 50 endangered species.
We’ll need to get a bottle and try some.
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