Food and Wine

Japanese gin? Yes, please!

If you’ve never tasted Japanese gin before, you’re in for a real treat! Roku botanical gin is both delicious and beautiful.

Crafted by Japanese artisans based on centuries-old traditions, Roku means ‘six’ in Japanese, and the craft gin offers enthusiasts a truly unique experience. This is because inside every bottle of Roku is a gin that has been crafted using only the best ingredients harvested at their peak from prime growing areas in Japan. As a result, it takes a year to harvest all of the ingredients that go into making this artisanal gin. 

When you add Roku gin to your favourite spring cocktail, you’ll immediately notice the complex, multi-layered, yet harmonious flavour of the unique botanicals – notes of cherry blossom and green tea are perfectly finished off with hints of spice. These flavours are paired with more traditional botanicals such as juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander and cinnamon.  

And did you see the bottle? The bottle is embossed in a style that resembles Japanese paintings that gives it a refined, elegant look from every angle while the hexagonal shape represents the Japanese botanicals found in the gin on each side. The six unique Japanese botanicals are Sakura flower, sakura leaf, sencha tea, gyokuro tea, sanshō pepper and yuzu peel.

In keeping with the theme of Japanese heritage, the label on the bottle also features traditional Japanese calligraphy as well as a hexagonal gold stamp to reaffirm the power of the six botanicals. All of this comes together on traditional washi paper, making it a head-turning bottle that deserves to be displayed in a prominent position in your collection. 

Roku craft gin is the culmination of over 100 years of dedication, with generations of artisans working together to create the perfect serve for any occasion.  Roku gin is available from selected stores nationwide and retails from R289. For more details visit

Try the Roku gin highball.

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