Kuro aims to woo gin fans via Japanese botanicals

The Japanese-inspired Kuro Gin is being introduced to offer new flavours to gin fans.

The London Dry Gin, which includes the Japanese flavours of silver birch bark, spruce needles and bamboo activated charcoal among its unique blend of 12 botanicals, is ready to secure off and on-trade listings via UK distributor Hammonds of Knutsford.

The gin was developed by Craig Fell and John Thompson, who, having visited the Hakuba Valley region of Japan, decided to bottle their alpine experience in the form of this premium spirit.

The gin has been crafted at the Langley Distillery, which has been distilling gin since the 1920s. Kuro – which translates as ‘black’ in Japanese - is distilled in a 300 litre copper still, in collaboration with Langley’s master distiller Rob Dorsett.

Fell said: “Kuro has been 18 months in the making and we are delighted with the end product. This is something completely different in the world of gin, and I hope to have captured the experience of the Hakuba Valley alpine slopes in every serve of Kuro.”

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