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Kokoro Gin - 700ml 42%

Kokoro Gin is a London dry gin made with a selection of botanicals that includes fresh Sansho berries, which are popular in Japanese cuisine.

Sweet though peppery juniper, leading into the subtle spice and citrus-y notes of the Sansho berry. A hint of orange pith develops a little later on.

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In the land of the rising sun and the mindful reflection lies a forest of exceptional distinction and curiosity. It is here amongst the ‘sclusive sights and smells and sounds of significance that a man of infinite resource and sagacity – known most fondly as Uncle Nic – acquired a recurring taste for the Sansho berry. “Fortuitously pepperascial,” nibbled the words off his tongue. “With a uniquely citronious note.” And it was these insatiable desirabilities that Uncle Nic knew would give his family gin – known most fondly as Kokoro – such an exquisitely unique flavouring.

Kokoro is a London Dry Gin distilled with eight botanicals and fresh Sansho berries, imported from sustainable sources in the Afan Woodland of Nagano prefecture, Japan. Sansho berries are used extensively in Japanese cuisine and have a distinctively earthy black pepper flavor with a piney citrus aftertaste. Close your eyes and think of the forest – that’s where our heart is.

The botanicals forming the final line up are juniper, coriander, angelica, sweet orange, almond, liquorice, savory, lemon peel and sansho berries. The botanicals and spirit are loaded into Thames’ 500-litre John Dore still and left to macerate overnight. Once the still is switched on, the run takes around five hours.

The gin is made to concentrate, so once this comes off the still (at around 80% ABV), it is blended with further neutral spirit before being cut down to its bottling strength of 42%.


Juniper is the first botanical to reach the nose, though earthy, citrusy sansho is present, given levity by the sweet orange.

The gin has an interesting flavour journey; the sweet botanicals envelop the tongue, with liquorice making itself very well known. The sansho comes in with a warming spice, but that is quickly side swiped by a candied orange and lemon citrus. Fire dances at the back of the sip, with the sansho coating the mouth in pepper.

That said, those with a spice phobia shouldn’t avoid this gin. Juniper is present throughout the journey and the orange and lemon bring a real lightness. The finish is lasting, though hard to define – none of the botanicals particularly shout, instead a complex and aromatic taste settles in the mouth.

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