What did you do before creating your Sadō Gin?
For the past 16 years I've been working in the Hospitality sector. I had an interest in different alcoholic drinks in terms of how they are made, as well as meeting the people that made them and learn more about them, from wine to white and dark spirits. My career has allowed me to sample some of the most extraordinary spirits in the world, to learn about them and to speak with the people behind them.
What is the inspiration behind your gin?
While visiting Japan I was fortunate to drink Hojicha tea, which is Japanese roasted green tea. The tea piqued my interest and after returning to the UK and doing research into it, we decided to distil gin with Hojicha tea as a one of main botanicals. Sadō Gin was inspired also by the Japanese culture of drinking tea and the ceremony which is called Sadō.
How did you get from the idea to the finished product?
After testing several different recipes, we picked the best one according to people who sampled them. In the beginning it was a bit scary but fun at the same time as we waiting for the outcome of each distillation with the botanicals we had picked. In the end it proved to be very interesting and it's not your usual gin, however we have still ensured juniper is at the core as a botanical.
Can you tell us more about the distillation process?
After distillation, the gin is reduced to 46% ABV and is rested for a week before bottling. Hojicha roasted green tea from Japan plays a main role and the tea we use is grown on a small plantation in Japan where they have grown teas for the Emperor of Japan for the past 30 years, so the quality is of a very high standard. They roast the tea in clay pots and then it comes to us in UK.
What have been the biggest achievements so far?
It always makes me smile when the people look at Sadō Gin label and admire the design and feel of the label. What’s even better is to see the reaction when they drink the gin and to listen to the feedback about it.
How would you describe Sadō Gin in 3 words?
Surprising (in a good way 😊)and well balanced. Also, perfect for martini!
What's your favourite way to drink your gin?
It has to be either a Martini or a Gin & Tonic
Which gins would you always have on your gin shelf?
Ki No Bi Gin and Monkey 47 Gin.
What's next for Sado Gin - any exciting plans?
Cask Aged gin is one of the plans, using different cask finishes.
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