We now have an interesting new gin from Kochi Prefecture, Makino Gin, named after the Kochi-born Japanese botanist Tomitaro Makino.
The gin is made using botanicals such as Sueko-zasa (sasaella ramosa), a type of bamboo leaf discovered by Makino and named after his beloved wife, Kochi-grown guava leaves, citrus and herbs. The botanicals are seeped in shochu brewed by the Tsukasabotan brewery, Kochi’s oldest brewery said to have been the favorite of Japanese samurai/hero Ryoma Sakamoto, which is then distilled to create the citrusy and woody gin. Please stop by if your interest is piqued!
This week, #barmiyako is open from 7pm to 1am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 12am on Saturday, September 2. Hope to see you all back at the bar soon!
With gin gaining popularity worldwide, Japan has also been busy crafting its own unique gins infused with local ingredients from its 47 prefectures. We’ve been trying to keep up with this exciting trend by increasing our Made in Japan gins, but this week, we’re focus on two major brands.
Nikka Coffey Gin, made in Coffey stills, is a sansho-infused spicy delight. Suntory’s ROKU is a lovely balanced gin with notes of cherry blossoms, yuzu and gyokuro tea, but there’s another reason why we’re featuring Roku this week.
ROKU, in Japanese means six. And six, is the number of years that bar miyako has been in existence! While we’ll update you more on our anniversary celebrations next week, this is just a head’s up that we’re celebrating our sixth anniversary in August, so please stay tuned!
This week, we’re open from 7pm to 1am on weekdays, and from 7pm to 12am on Saturday, August 5, so hope to see you all back at the bar soon!